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An Earley-Algorithm Context-free grammar Parser Toolkit

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An Earley Algorithm Parser toolkit.

This package uses Jay Earley’s algorithm for parsing context free grammars, and comes with some generic Abstract Syntax Tree routines. There is also a prototype scanner which does its job by combining Python regular expressions.

(SPARK stands for Scanning, Parsing, and Rewriting Kit. It is a poor name since it conflicts with a more popular package of the same name. In the future we will rename this.)

The original version of this was written by John Aycock for his Ph.d thesis and was described in his 1998 paper: “Compiling Little Languages in Python” at the 7th International Python Conference. The current incarnation of this code is maintained (or not) by Rocky Bernstein.

Note: Earley algorithm parsers are almost linear when given an LR grammar. These are grammars which are left-recursive.


This uses, so it follows the standard Python routine:

python install # may need sudo
# or if you have pyenv:
python develop


The github example directory has a worked-out examples; Package uncompyle6 uses this and contains a much larger example.

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