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String generation

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String generation

In computer science, string generation is the process of creating a set of strings from a collection of rules. This is an opposite process to that of parsing, which recognises a string based on some collection of rules.

Applications of string generation include test data generation, Captchas and random essay generation.

Generation methods

Methods for generating strings include:

Unsolved problems

Unsolved problems in string generation include:

Note; It is an undecidable problem to decide whether a given string can be generated by a given W-grammar.

See also

  • Pretty printing – another process often considered the dual of parsing.

External links

  • regular expression
  • yacc grammar
  • comp.compilers discussion
  • random essay random essay
  • Generate random C programs

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