Syntax analysis is still an area of
The language used is often lisp, but Perl is probably also a reasonable
choice. Your problem is slightly easier than the
corresponding 'grand challenge' problem,
which is understanding natural language. In general,
it is easier to transmit than to receive.
Tree data structures often used in natural language.
Chapter 8 of Mastering Algorithms in Perl
is about tree data structures, which are handled by the
It looks like there is an
AI dictionary that could be helpful in creating a useful syntax
tree. You might be able to design a data structure that
works like a subset of this dictionary.
Damian Conway's wonderful Coy module,
which is a haiku generator which is designed to create
human-friendly messages. Although you aren't trying to generate haiku,
you may be able to use similar programming techniques.
I think it is justified to attempt to solve such large, open problems,
even if the chance of a breakthrough is small.
It is a great learning experience, and you just might make a
real contribution. You can also think about potential technology
advances to look for in the future, so that you might
be the first person to apply a newly-available technique
to a difficult problem.
It should work perfectly the first time! - toma
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