AIML - <star> Tag


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<star> Tag is used to match wild card * character(s) in <pattern> Tag.

Syntax

<star index = "n"/>

n signifies the position of * within the user input in <pattern> Tag.

Consider the following example −

<category>
   <pattern> A * is a *. </pattern>
   
   <template>
      When a <star index = "1"/> is not a <star index = "2"/>?
   </template>
   
</category>

If the user enters "A mango is a fruit." then bot will respond as "When a mango is not a fruit?"

Example

Create star.aiml inside C > ab > bots > test > aiml and star.aiml.csv inside C > ab > bots > test > aimlif directories.

star.aiml

<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "UTF-8"?>
<aiml version = "1.0.1" encoding = "UTF-8"?>
   
   <category>
      <pattern>I LIKE *</pattern>
      <template>
         I too like <star/>.
      </template>
   </category>
   
   <category>
      <pattern>A * IS A *</pattern>
      <template>
         How <star index = "1"/> can not be a <star index = "2"/>?
      </template>
   </category>
   
</aiml>

star.aiml.csv

0,I LIKE *,*,*,I too like <star/>.,star.aiml
0,A * IS A *,*,*,How <star index = "1"/> can not be a <star index = "2"/>?,star.aiml

Execute the Program

Open the command prompt. Go to C > ab > and type the following command −

java -cp lib/Ab.jar Main bot = test action = chat trace = false

Verify the Result

You will see the following output −

Human: I like mango
Robot: I too like mango.
Human: A mango is a fruit
Robot: How mango can not be a fruit? 

<star index = "1"/> is often used as <star />



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