Analyzing (un)structured data to convert it into a structured, normalized format.

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Incorporating functions into a Shunting-Yard algorithm implementation

tl;dr What would be a simple way of incorporating functions into a Shunting-Yard algorithm implementation? If only expressions like function(arg1, arg2, arg3) were allowed (where function is some ...
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Global counter using iOS and Parse? [closed]

I'm very new to Parse and trying to set up what is basically a voting app where I can collect data on how many times all users have pressed a button. I found some information on Atomic Increment ...
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Algorithm to go from infix notation to a tree

I've been trying to figure out an algorithm to go from an infix equation to a syntax tree, like so: (1+3)*4+5 + * 5 + 4 1 3 However, I don't just want it to handle operators, I ...
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Clean Abstract Syntax Tree

I'm writing a toy compiler for fun. Basically, my problem is that I don't want to clutter the AST with stuff like debug information (symbol tokens, locations of tokens, etc) as well as data that the ...
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What are known approaches to graphing algebraic expressions?

I am planning to build an expression parser that will be used to graph algebraic functions ( think TI-83 ) with JavaScript. Functions will take the form of f(x)= Aside from typical operators such ...
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Mapping different XML and CSV feeds

Not sure if this is the right venue to be asking this but here goes. A little background. I'm trying to build an ecommerce app that would allow sellers from other venues--like, amazon and newegg--to ...
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Language/Programming term for paired delimiters [closed]

Can someone help me find the language and/or programming term for delimiters (?) that must be paired? Quotes, parenthesis, angle-brackets, square-brackets, etc. are often used to symbolize these ...
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Writing a parser on top of an XML-based AST: am i doing it right?

I have a sort of AST defined in XML that i'm trying to parse and evaluate. The XML tree contains the tokens and all the information i need. However, i'm finding it difficult to do it "properly". ...
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Truncating HTML content at specific content blocks

I have HTML content in my DB and I would like to present a list of these individual items but truncate each of them so they're not fully displayed. I would like to keep truncated items ...
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“Hand written” recursive descent parser with “catch all” rule

I'm trying to write a (scannerless) recursive descent parser with a "catch all" rule for the following "Mustache template" grammar (simplified here): content : (variable_tag | section_tag | ...
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File validation rules

I have an application that can accept CSV files to run some operations. The files look like: CREATE USER:username,last_name,first_name,age user1,Smith,John,23 user2,Poppins,Mary,257 There are a ...
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Is it bad to implement a language in other two languages? [closed]

Ok, so I have some understanding about parsers and compilers, at least the basics of how it works, and i've written a calculator and a really small toy language that compiles to another high-level ...
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Argument over performance using Convert.ChangeType in Web Applications [duplicate]

A debate has been going on at work about using Convert.ChangeType. A couple of fundamental assumptions to this discussion are delineated below: 1. The discussion is within the context of web ...
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Language parsing to find important words

I'm looking for some input and theory on how to approach a lexical topic. Let's say I have a collection of strings, which may just be one sentence or potentially multiple sentences. I'd like to ...
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Passing context around AST nodes

I have various objects inside my AST, such as IfBlock, FunctionBlock, LogicExpression, etc. All of those objects share a context, which is basically a hashmap with some variables. It's a very simple ...
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Run a c++ program under lots of different data maps

I want to run a c++ program to process a lot of data from different xml files and output results. I run the program once per file and potentially have around 50 different files. The trouble is each ...
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Matching groups of similar lines on a generic matching algorithm

I have to write a program to search through a file containing lines and find lines that match to a degree of tolerance but are not necessarily the same. So for example the following lines would match: ...
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Recursively parse without resorting to ugly design patterns

I'm currently building a crochet pattern parser in Java, and I've hit upon some trouble. I'll call the language used for input Crochet Pattern Code (CPC). I have a rather large writeup on the ...
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Calculating uncompressed file size without uncompressing file in zlib

I am writing a python program which parses zip (currently only zlib, using DEFLATE compression) files and verifies the correctness of their headers and data. One of the things I'm trying to achieve is ...
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When to use ANTLR and when to use a parsing library

I've always wanted to learn how to write a compiler - I've decided to use ANTLR, and am currently reading through the book (its very good by the way) I'm pretty new to this, so go easy, but the jist ...
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Writing Z80 table based assembler/disassembler

I have a long-term project: DIY computer with various processors. One of my wishes not only make hardware, but software too. So I started from assembler/disassembler for Linux, though there is a lot ...
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Can table of content be parsed using some formal grammar?

A table of content can look like: Preface Table of Content Chapter 1 ... 1.1 ... 1.1.1 ... 1.1.2 .... 1.2 ... Summary Exercises Chapter 2 ... ... Appendix ... A ... A.1 ... A.2 ... B ... References ...
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Loop Unfolding and Named Significant Bits

I've been writing a Parser Compiler for the last seven or so years, and I recently got to the point (yet again, never satisfied) of structuring the portion dealing with the portions of the language ...
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Why Double.parseDouble(“ABC”) not returns Double.NaN?

This code: Double.parseDouble("ABC") throws a NumberFormatException. Why is it wrong to expect a Double.NaN (NaN is literally Not-A-Number). A working example is this: public static void ...
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Traversing an AST using Visitors

I'm writing a compiler for a C-like language, and I'm looking for an elegant way to traverse my abstract syntax tree. I'm trying to implement the Visitor pattern, although I'm not convinced that I'm ...
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What is the simplest and universal algorithm for parsing C++ code? [closed]

I need to do some project specific automatic checking of source codes written in C++ Limitations: Algorithm and its implementation should be simple, easily maintainable, extendable and ...
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Best practices to parse a log file using Python

I'm writing a Python tool to parse a log file from game server. The log file is of format: ms:classname::id::method::arg1::arg2.... There are a lot of classes, and a lot of methods for each class, ...
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Building a string parser for user command and control?

My goal is to build a command parser that has basic syntax and multiple possible branches at each point. These commands come from users of the system and are text input (no GUI). The basic syntax is ...
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Pre-Compilation Processor:

What I want to do: Parse source code, search for a beginning and closing tag of my own definition (one that does not conflict with any defined patterns in the programming language), and then replace ...
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What is the simplest human readable configuration file format? [closed]

Current configuration file is as follows: mainwindow.title = 'test' mainwindow.position.x = 100 mainwindow.position.y = 200 mainwindow.button.label = 'apply' mainwindow.button.size.x = 100 ...
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Process to generate hierarchical structure based on relational data?

I have a csv of employee ids, names, and a reference column with the id of their direct manager, say something like this emp_id, emp_name, mgr_id 1,The Boss,, 2,Manager Joe,1 3,Manager Sally,1 ...
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file quantity limit in a directory on a linux file server and why?

What is a good limit to use on the quantity of files in a directory, and why? EDIT: Why shouldn't someone create a system that puts hundreds of thousands of files in the same directory? Why I ask: ...
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Name for this type of parser, OR why it doesn't exist

Conventional parsers consume their entire input and produce a single parse tree. I'm looking for one that consumes a continuous stream and produces a parse forest [edit: see discussion in comments ...
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BNF parsing rule for left associativity

Can someone please assist me with the following question. Write a BNF rule to parse into C -> E C -> E && E C -> E && E && E so that C generates as many E ...
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Should I use a parser generator or should I roll my own custom lexer and parser code?

What specific advantages and disadvantages of each way to working on a programming language grammar? Why/When should I roll my own? Why/When should I use a generator?
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In layman's terms, what is left recursion?

According to one page on code.google.com, "left recursion" is defined as follows: Left recursion just refers to any recursive nonterminal that, when it produces a sentential form containing ...
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What is latent parsing in NLP?

I'm reading a paper describing a NLP work, and I hardly catch the concept of a term, "latent parsing". Original paper: http://web.stanford.edu/~angeli/papers/2013-acl-temporal.pdf The figure in the ...
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Why did GCC switch from Bison to a recursive descent parser for C++ and C?

Was there a language change that required it or some practical reason why Bison was no longer appropriate or optimal? I saw on wikipedia that they switched, referring to the GCC 3.4 and GCC 4.1 ...
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How exactly is an Abstract Syntax Tree created?

I think I understand the goal of an AST, and I've built a couple of tree structures before, but never an AST. I'm mostly confused because the nodes are text and not number, so I can't think of a nice ...
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Sentence Tree v/s Words List

I was recently tasked with building a Name Entity Recognizer as part of a project. The objective was to parse a given sentence and come up with all the possible combinations of the entities. One ...
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How to parse different number types with LALR(1)

Consider a LALR(1) parser for a file format that allows integer numbers and floating point numbers. As usual, something like 42 shall be a valid integer and a valid float (with some automagic ...
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Rule order for Parsing Lists with LALR(1)

When creating the grammar for parsing a list (something like “ITEM*”) with a LALR(1) parser, this basically can be done in two ways: list : list ITEM | ; or list : ITEM list | ...
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Making a sldprt to PDB file converter?

I wanted to create a parser that can read a solidworks file and turn it into a protein data bank file. This has already been done in a program called DiamondCAD. ...
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Need overview of concepts and tools to translate a DSL to regular expressions

I'm looking for a little guidance. Until this morning, this was all over my head. After spending today researching Wikipedia, StackOverflow, etc., I'd say I've got my nose above the water. I'm tasked ...
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Do modern languages still use parser generators?

I was researching about the gcc compiler suite on wikipedia here, when this came up: GCC started out using LALR parsers generated with Bison, but gradually switched to hand-written ...
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Parsing mathematical expressions with two values that have parentheses and minus signs

I'm trying to parse equations like the ones below, which only have two values or the square root of a certain value, from a text file: 100+100 -100-100 -(100)+(-100) sqrt(100) by the minus ...
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Are separate parsing and lexing passes good practice with parser combinators?

When I began to use parser combinators my first reaction was a sense of liberation from what felt like an artificial distinction between parsing and lexing. All of a sudden everything was just ...
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Large csv's to html report

I am working on a web front end + front end services. I receive good sized csv files (10k lines). My service processes them and condenses them into one larger csv file (up to 300k lines). This ...
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Parsing Razor-style Templates

I want to build a template engine (ITT not another template engine...) based on Razor. I've been at it for quite a long time not getting anywhere and quite frankly I'm at my limit. I've tried rolling ...
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High-level strategy for distinguishing a regular string from invalid JSON (ie. JSON-like string detection)

Disclaimer On Absence of Code: I have no code to post because I haven't started writing; was looking for more theoretical guidance as I doubt I'll have trouble coding it but am pretty befuddled on ...