Occam’s razor in metacomputation: The notion of a perfect process tree

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We introduce the notion of a perfect process tree as a model for the full propagation of information in metacomputation. Starting with constant propagation we construct step-by-step the driving mechanism used in supercompilation which ensures the perfect propagation of information. The concept of a simple supercompiler based on perfect driving coupled with a simple folding strategy is explained. As an example we demonstrate that specializing a naive pattern matcher with respect to a fixed pattern obtains the efficiency of a matcher generated by the Knuth, Morris & Pratt algorithm.

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Glück, R., & Klimov, A. V. (1993). Occam’s razor in metacomputation: The notion of a perfect process tree. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 724 LNCS, pp. 112–123). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-57264-3_34

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