NON-NUMERIC PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE STUDIES: ALTEXT II.
R AND D CONSULTANTS CO LOS ALTOS CALIF
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Computer languages for constructing algorithms for linquistic computation are not as far advanced as those for numeric computation, primarily because linguistics has not supported the same degree of algorithm development over the past four hundred years as mathematics has. As a result non-numeric languages must have an open-ended structure for use in each field of application. ALTEXT II is such a language--implemented as a set of assembly code macros that permit simple programming of most elementary problems in linguistic data processing and at the same time allows the development of special operators through the relatively simple expedient of adding new macros as they are needed. An examination of the statistical behavior of use of the operators corresponds to that found in natural languages for the distribution of the use of letters or phonemes, suggesting that the basic operators have been properly chosen. An elementary Users Guide to ALTEXT II and a Reference Manual for systems programmers are included as appendices to the report. Author
- Computer Programming and Software