Certified parsing of regular languages

Denis Firsov and Tarmo Uustalu



We report on a certified parser generator for regular languages using the Agda programming language. Specifically, we programmed a transformation of regular expressions into a Boolean-matrix based representation of nondeterministic finite automata (NFAs). And we proved (in Agda) that a string matches a regular expression if and only if the NFA accepts it. The proof of the if-part is effectively a function turning acceptance of a string into a parse tree while the only-if part gives a function turning rejection into a proof of impossibility of a parse tree.


[pdf, code (Agda 2.4.2; standard library 0.8.1)]