A Note on the Complexity of Restricted Attribute-Value Grammars
The recognition problem for attribute-value grammars (AVGs) was shown to be undecidable by Johnson in 1988. Therefore, the general form of AVGs is of no practical use. In this paper we study a very restricted form of AVG, for which the recognition problem is decidable (though still NP-complete), the R-AVG. We show that the R-AVG formalism captures all of the context free languages and more, and introduce a variation on the so-called `off-line parsability constraint', the `honest parsability constraint', which lets different types of R-AVG coincide precisely with well-known time complexity classes.