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The predictive analyzer and a path elimination technique

Some of the characteristic features of a predictive analyzer, a system of syntactic analysis now operational at Harvard on an IBM 7094, are delineated. The advantages and disadvantages of the system are discussed in comparison to those of an immediate constituent analyzer, developed at the RAND Corporation with Robinson's English grammar. In addition, a new technique is described for repetitive path elimination for a predictive analyzer, which can now claim efficiency both in processing time and core storage requirement.

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