semantic analysis

Semantic Analysis

Semantic analysis is the phase in which the compiler adds semantic information
to the parse tree and builds the symbol table.This phase performs semantic
checks such as type checking (checking for type errors), or object binding
(associating variable and function references with their definitions), or definite assignment (requiring all local variables to be initialized before use), rejecting
incorrect programs or issuing warnings.

Semantic analysis usually requires a complete parse tree,
meaning that this phase logically follows the parsing phase,
and logically precedes the code generation phase, though it
is often possible to fold multiple phases into one pass over
the code in a compiler implementation.


Reference/Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_analysis_(compilers)#Front_end

 

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