Superposition in picture languages

  • Bodonirina Ratoandromanana
  • Denis Robilliard
Contributed Papers
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 787)


A word on alphabet π={u, r, d, l} can be thought of as a description of a connected picture drawn on a square grid: each letter is associated with a unit move of a pen, u coding a move up, r, d and l coding moves to the right, down and to the left. We define the notion of superposition of two pictures f and g as the set of pictures obtained when one draws first f and then g with the sole constraint that the resulting picture must be connected. We show that superposition does not preserve regularity of classical chain-code picture languages, as defined by Maurer and al. [12]. On the other hand, we prove, using constructive methods, that regular descriptive ”branch-picture” languages, introduced by Gutbrod.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bodonirina Ratoandromanana
    • 1
  • Denis Robilliard
    • 1
  1. 1.LIFLUniversité de Lille IVilleneuve d'Ascq CedexFrance

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