In computer science, a Pratt parser is an improved recursive descent parser that associates semantics with tokens instead of grammar rules. It was first described by Vaughan Pratt in the 1973 paper "Top down operator precedence", and was treated in much more depth in a Masters Thesis under his supervision. Pratt designed the parser originally to implement the CGOL programming language. Douglas Crockford used the technique to build JSLint.
- Simple Top-Down Parsing in Python
- Pratt, Vaughan. "Top down operator precedence." Proceedings of the 1st Annual ACM SIGACT-SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (1973).
- Van De Vanter, Michael L. "A Formalization and Correctness Proof of the CGOL Language System." (Master's Thesis). MIT Laboratory for Computer Science Technical Report MIT-LCS-TR-147 (Cambridge, MA). 1975.
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