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Strongly Regular Grammars and Regular Approximation of Context-Free Languages

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The authors consider algorithms for approximating context - free grammars by regular grammars, making use of Chomsky's characterization of non-self-embedding grammars as generating regular languages and a transformation by Mohri and Nederhof on sets of mutually recursive non-terminals. They give an exposition of strongly regular grammars and this transformation, and use it as a subprocedure to obtain tighter regular approximations to a given context-free grammar. In another direction, the generalization by a 1-lookahead extends Mohri and Nederhof's transformation by incorporating more context into the regular approximation at the expense of a larger grammar.

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