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Re: Bug#176521: ITP: polygen -- Sentences generator using grammar definitions

On Mon, 2003-01-13 at 15:31, Filippo Giunchedi wrote:

> PolyGen is a program for generating random sentences according to a grammar
> definition, that is following custom syntactical and lexical rules.  

Ok, it's clear what it does.

> Formally,
> it is an interpreter of a language itself designed to define languages, where to
> interpret means executing a source program in real time and eventually
> outputting its result.  

I had to read this one a few times to get the meaning (and, studying cs
and having heard a basic course in compiler construction, I claim it's
not because I don't understand the subject good enough).

> Here a source program is a grammar definition, the
> execution consists in the exploration of such grammar by selecting a random path
> and the result is the sentence built on the way.

But then, this one clarifies it. No, can't think of a better way to say
it right now - perhaps break it down into 2 sentences?

Looking forward to play with it, though. Seems like I could do some
funny things with it to generate random email .sigs if nothing else :-)

-- vbi

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