Heraldry and Programming Languages: the Complexity of Natural Languages Examined through the Parsing of the Heraldic Blazon
The idea of programming computers to understand human speech and written text has been the dream, even the Holy Grail, of computer scientists and many others, since before the first computers where created. Computers in countless movies and television shows have been able to understand, and therefore interact with, the humans around them but until recently this possibility has been pure science fiction. By studying, and then attempting, the methods of parsing the heraldic language, one hopes to show some of the methods that are used to remove the ambiguity in natural languages that hamper their parsing. Given time, I feel that I would have been able to increase the size of the accepted database of words to a more useful level.
Mersinger, Hans A., "Heraldry and Programming Languages: the Complexity of Natural Languages Examined through the Parsing of the Heraldic Blazon" (1998). Honors Theses. 656.
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