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More Efficient Bottom-Up Tree Pattern Matching

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April 1990
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Pattern matching in trees is fundamental to a variety of programming language systems. However, progress has been slow in satisfying a pressing need for general purpose pattern matching algorithms that are efficient in both time and space. We offer asymptotic improvements in both time and space to
Chase's bottom-up algorithm for pattern preprocessing. Our preprocessing algorithm has the additional advantage of being incremental with respect to pattern additions and deletions. We show how to modify our algorithm using a new decomposition method to obtain a space/time tradeoff. Finally, we trade a
log factor in time for a linear space bottom-up pattern matching algorithm that handles a wide subclass of Hoffmann and O'Donnell's Simple Patterns.

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