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We have two tags at the moment which seem to be the same topic. I think we should make one the synonym for the other. So my suggestion is to merge into .

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    $\begingroup$ It's better to be compatible with other sites, if we don't have a reason to do things differently. What do Stack Overflow, Theoretical Computer Science and Mathematics have? $\endgroup$ – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Mar 13 '12 at 0:34
  • $\begingroup$ @Gilles, on Theoretical Computer Science we have grammars, on Mathematics there is not a similar tag, on Stack Overflow they have grammar and grammars (the first is more often used). $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Mar 13 '12 at 1:53
  • $\begingroup$ I think formal-grammar should be preferred and grammar a synonym. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Mar 13 '12 at 6:37
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    $\begingroup$ @Raphael, I lean towards the latter because I feel formal is redundant here and I haven't heard anyone call them as such. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Mar 13 '12 at 13:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Kaveh We say it most of the time (when precision is called for). I think it is worthwhile to separate formal grammars from grammars of natural languages. I do not know how NLP people use the term; we should avoid conflicts there. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Mar 13 '12 at 13:26
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    $\begingroup$ @Raphael, the formal-languages tag should suffice to make sure it is not confused with a question in NLP and computational linguistics. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Mar 13 '12 at 16:59
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    $\begingroup$ See this question intended to collect all synonymous tags. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Mar 14 '12 at 10:24
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    $\begingroup$ @Raphael, grammars for natural languages tend to be formal grammars as well, just not unambiguous formal grammars. A GLR parser's language model is as much a formalization as any BNF grammar. $\endgroup$ – Mike Samuel May 15 '12 at 3:59
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I've merged into , because the use count was 2 vs 11. The direction can easily be reversed. Should it?

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  • $\begingroup$ I am in favor of the reverse direction, but it is not a very important issue. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Apr 30 '12 at 1:14
  • $\begingroup$ +1 since I don't think we need both, but I think I'd favor the other direction as well. $\endgroup$ – Patrick87 Apr 30 '12 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ Pro merge, and pro the direction you merged; NLP people might make questions in the future concerning non-formal grammars (?). $\endgroup$ – Raphael Apr 30 '12 at 17:02

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