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Marpa::R2::NAIF::Semantics::Phases - Details of NAIF parse evaluation

Overview of the semantic phases ^

This document deals with Marpa's low-level NAIF interface. If you are new to Marpa, or are not sure which interface you are interested in, or do not know what the Named Argment InterFace (NAIF) is, you probably want to look instead at the document on semantics for the SLIF interface.

Most applications will find that the order in which Marpa's NAIF executes its semantics "just works". This document describes that order in detail. These details can matter in some applications, for example, those which exploit side effects. And some readers may also find this background material to be helpful.

An advanced document, this is written on the assumption that the more low-level NAIF interface is in use. The SLIF uses the same code as the NAIF for evaluation and works in the same way, except that it hides even more of these details from the user.

Parse trees, parse results and parse series ^

As a reminder, when the semantics are applied to a parse tree, they produce a value called a parse result. Because Marpa allows ambiguous parsing, each parse can produce a parse series -- a series of zero or more parse trees, each with its own parse result. The first call to the the recognizer's value method after the recognizer is created is the start of the first parse series. The first parse series continues until there is a call to the the reset_evaluation method or until the recognizer is destroyed. Usually, an application is only interested in a single parse series.

When the reset_evaluation method is called for a recognizer, it begins a new parse series. The new parse series continues until there is another call to the the reset_evaluation method, or until the recognizer is destroyed.

Summary of the phases ^

While processing a parse series, we have:

While processing a parse tree, we have:

Node Evaluation Time is the Tree Traversal Phase, as seen from the point of view of each rule node. It is not a separate phase.

Series Setup Phase ^

During the Series Setup Phase all value action names are resolved to value actions -- constants or rule evaluation closures. The rule evaluation closures are never called in the Series Setup Phase. They will be called later, in the Tree Traversal Phase. Also, during the Series Setup Phase, the logic which ranks parse trees is executed.

Tree Setup Phase ^

In the Tree Setup Phase, the per-parse-tree variable is created. If a constructor was found for the action_object, it is run at this point, and the per-parse-tree variable is its return value. Exactly one Tree Setup Phase occurs for each parse tree.

Tree Traversal Phase ^

During the Tree Traversal Phase, the rule evaluation closures are called. Node Evaluation Time is the Tree Traversal Phase, as seen from the point of view of the individual nodes of the parse tree.

Copyright and License ^

  Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Kegler
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