### Abstract

We investigate the problem of case-based learning of formal languages. Case-based reasoning and learning is a currently booming area of artificial intelligence. The formal framework for case-based learning of languages has recently been developed by [JL93] in an inductive inference manner. In this paper, we first show that any indexed class of recursive languages in which finiteness is decidable is case-based representable, but many classes of languages including the class of all regular languages are not case-based learnable with a fixed universal similarity measure, even if both positive and negative examples are presented. Next we consider a framework of case-based learning where the learning algorithm is allowed to learn similarity measures, too. To avoid trivial encoding tricks, we carefully examine to what extent the similarity measure is going to be learned. Then by allowing only to learn a few parameters in the similarity measures, we show that any indexed class of recursive languages whose finiteness problem is decidable is case-based learnable. This implies that all context-free languages are case-based learnable by collecting cases and learning parameters of the similarity measures.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Algorithmic Learning Theory - 4th International Workshop on Analogical and Inductive Inference, AII 1994 and 5th International Workshop on Algorithmic Learning Theory, ALT 1994, Proceedings |

Publisher | Springer Verlag |

Pages | 532-546 |

Number of pages | 15 |

Volume | 872 LNAI |

ISBN (Print) | 9783540585206 |

Publication status | Published - 1994 |

Externally published | Yes |

Event | 4th International Workshop on Analogical and Inductive Inference, AII 1994 and 5th International Workshop on Algorithmic Learning Theory, ALT 1994 - Reinhardsbrunn Castle, Germany Duration: 1994 Oct 10 → 1994 Oct 15 |

### Publication series

Name | Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) |
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Volume | 872 LNAI |

ISSN (Print) | 0302-9743 |

ISSN (Electronic) | 1611-3349 |

### Other

Other | 4th International Workshop on Analogical and Inductive Inference, AII 1994 and 5th International Workshop on Algorithmic Learning Theory, ALT 1994 |
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Country | Germany |

City | Reinhardsbrunn Castle |

Period | 94/10/10 → 94/10/15 |

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### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Theoretical Computer Science
- Computer Science(all)

### Cite this

*Algorithmic Learning Theory - 4th International Workshop on Analogical and Inductive Inference, AII 1994 and 5th International Workshop on Algorithmic Learning Theory, ALT 1994, Proceedings*(Vol. 872 LNAI, pp. 532-546). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 872 LNAI). Springer Verlag.