This book explains advanced theoretical and
application-related issues in grammatical inference, a research area inside the
inductive inference paradigm for machine learning. The first three chapters of
the book deal with issues regarding theoretical learning frameworks; the next
four chapters focus on the main classes of formal languages according to
Chomsky's hierarchy, in particular regular and context-free languages; and the
final chapter addresses the processing of biosequences.
The topics chosen are of foundational interest with relatively mature and established results, algorithms and conclusions. The book will be of value to researchers and graduate students in areas such as theoretical computer science, machine learning, computational linguistics, bioinformatics, and cognitive psychology who are engaged with the study of learning, especially of the structure underlying the concept to be learned. Some knowledge of mathematics and theoretical computer science, including formal language theory, automata theory, formal grammars, and algorithmics, is a prerequisite for reading this book.