New Generation Computing

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 195–201 | Cite as

Knowledge information processing language: ShapeUp

  • Akihiko Konagaya
  • Mamoru Umemura
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A new logic programming language, ShapeUp, is developed. ShapeUp is an expanded Prolog system with string matching facilities. The language has been developed to give programmers a new computer programming environment, especially for knowledge information processing. This area includes natural language comprehension and intelligent text processing systems with better man-machine interfaces. For this kind of application, character string data play a principal part rather than conventional numerical data. In ShapeUp, string patterns are introduced as Prolog ‘terms’. Their matching process is performed inside the unification. Thus, a program is far simpler and easier to write and read in ShapeUp, than in conventional Prolog systems, and program size is extremely reduced.


Logic Programming Language String Matching Knowledge Information Processing PROLOG 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akihiko Konagaya
    • 1
  • Mamoru Umemura
    • 1
  1. 1.C&C Systems Research LaboratoriesNEC CorporationKawasakiJapan

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