Rewrite Closures for Ground and Cancellative AC Theories

Ashish Tiwari

To be presented at FST&TCS'01, IISc Bangalore, India, Dec 13--15 2001. Springer-Verlag. The final version will be available at the Springer LNCS site


Given a binary relation $\inputeqns\cup\inputrules$ on the set of ground terms over some signature, we define an abstract rewrite closure for $\inputeqns\cup\inputrules$. An abstract rewrite closure can be interpreted as a specialized ground tree transducer (pair of bottom-up tree automata) and can be used to efficiently decide the reachability relation $\rightarrow_{\inputeqns\cup\inputeqns^{-}\cup\inputrules}^*$. It is constructed using a completion like procedure. Correctness is established using proof ordering techniques. The procedure is extended, in a modular way, to deal with signatures containing cancellative associative commutative function symbols.


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BibTeX Entry

	TITLE = {Rewrite Closures for Ground and Cancellative AC Theories},
	AUTHOR = {A. Tiwari},
	BOOKTITLE = {Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science, FST\&TCS 2001},
	EDITOR = {Hariharan, R. and Mukund, M. and Vinay, V.},
	PAGES = {334--346},
	PUBLISHER = {Springer-Verlag},
	SERIES = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
	VOLUME = 2245,
	MONTH = dec,
	YEAR = 2001,
	ADDRESS = {IISc, Bangalore}

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