Generalization of predicates with string arguments
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String/sequence generalization is used in many different areas such as machine learning, example-based machine translation and DNA sequence alignment. In this thesis, a method is proposed to find the generalizations of the predicates with string arguments from the given examples. Trying to learn from examples is a very hard problem in machine learning, since finding the global optimal point to stop generalization is a difficult and time consuming process. All the work done until now is about employing a heuristic to find the best solution. This work is one of them. In this study, some restrictions applied by the SLGG (Specific Least General Generalization) algorithm, which is developed to be used in an example-based machine translation system, are relaxed to find the all possible alignments of two strings. Moreover, a Euclidian distance like scoring mechanism is used to find the most specific generalizations. Some of the generated templates are eliminated by four different selection/filtering approaches to get a good solution set. Finally, the result set is presented as a decision list, which provides the handling of exceptional cases.