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Learning DFA: evolution versus evidence driven state merging

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Learning DFA: evolution versus evidence driven state merging
Learning Deterministic Finite Automata (DFA) is a hard task that has been much studied within machine learning and evolutionary computation research. This paper presents a new method for evolving DFAs, where only the transition matrix is evolved, and the state labels are chosen to optimize the fit between final states and training set labels. This new procedure reduces the size and in particular, the complexity, of the search space. We present results on the Tomita languages, and also on a set of random DFA induction problems of varying target size and training set density. The Tomita set results show that we can learn the languages with far fewer fitness evaluations than previous evolutionary methods. On the random DFA task we compare our method with the Evidence Driven State Merging (EDSM) algorithm, which is one of the most powerful known DFA learning algorithms. We show that our method outperforms EDSM when the target DFA is small (less than 32 states) and the training set is s...
Simon M. Lucas, T. Jeff Reynolds
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Type Conference
Year 2003
Where CEC
Authors Simon M. Lucas, T. Jeff Reynolds
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