An Introduction to Linguistic Pattern Recognition

by Robert H. Anderson


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Review of the linguistic concepts "sentence," "language," "grammar," and "parse" as applied to strings of characters. The emphasis in this paper is on practical applications of linguistic theory to pattern recognition, rather than on linguistic theory itself. Various possibilities are suggested for extending these linguistic concepts from the domain of character strings to the domain of distributions of characters in two or more dimensions. The applications discussed include spark chamber photoanalysis, chromosome analysis in photomicrographs, and analysis of two-dimensional mathematical expressions. Several research projects are discussed which have attempted to use a linguistic approach for the recognition of "real-world" patterns.

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