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Natural termination
 Theoretical Computer Science
"... Abstract. We generalize the various path orderings and the conditions under which they work, and describe an implementation of this general ordering. We look at methods for proving termination of orthogonal systems and give a new solution to a problem of Zantema's. 1 ..."
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Abstract. We generalize the various path orderings and the conditions under which they work, and describe an implementation of this general ordering. We look at methods for proving termination of orthogonal systems and give a new solution to a problem of Zantema's. 1
Generating Polynomial Orderings for Termination Proofs
 In Proc. 6th RTA, LNCS 914
, 1995
"... Most systems for the automation of termination proofs using polynomial orderings are only semiautomatic, i.e. the "right" polynomial ordering has to be given by the user. We show that a variation of Lankford's partial derivative technique leads to an easier and slightly more powerful method than mo ..."
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Most systems for the automation of termination proofs using polynomial orderings are only semiautomatic, i.e. the "right" polynomial ordering has to be given by the user. We show that a variation of Lankford's partial derivative technique leads to an easier and slightly more powerful method than most other semiautomatic approaches. Based on this technique we develop a method for the automated synthesis of a suited polynomial ordering.
lambdacalculi with explicit substitutions and composition which preserve beta strong normalization (Extended Abstract)
, 1996
"... ) Maria C. F. Ferreira 1 and Delia Kesner 2 and Laurence Puel 2 1 Dep. de Inform'atica, Fac. de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Univ. Nova de Lisboa, Quinta da Torre, 2825 Monte de Caparica, Portugal, cf@fct.unl.pt. 2 CNRS & Lab. de Rech. en Informatique, Bat 490, Univ. de ParisSud, 91405 Orsay Cede ..."
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) Maria C. F. Ferreira 1 and Delia Kesner 2 and Laurence Puel 2 1 Dep. de Inform'atica, Fac. de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Univ. Nova de Lisboa, Quinta da Torre, 2825 Monte de Caparica, Portugal, cf@fct.unl.pt. 2 CNRS & Lab. de Rech. en Informatique, Bat 490, Univ. de ParisSud, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France, fkesner,puelg@lri.fr. Abstract. We study preservation of fistrong normalization by d and dn , two confluent calculi with explicit substitutions defined in [10]; the particularity of these calculi is that both have a composition operator for substitutions. We develop an abstract simulation technique allowing to reduce preservation of fistrong normalization of one calculus to that of another one, and apply said technique to reduce preservation of fistrong normalization of d and dn to that of f , another calculus having no composition operator. Then, preservation of fistrong normalization of f is shown using the same technique as in [2]. As a consequence, d and dn become the fir...
Knowledge Representation and Classical Logic
, 2007
"... Mathematical logicians had developed the art of formalizing declarative knowledge long before the advent of the computer age. But they were interested primarily in formalizing mathematics. Because of the important role of nonmathematical knowledge in AI, their emphasis was too narrow from the perspe ..."
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Mathematical logicians had developed the art of formalizing declarative knowledge long before the advent of the computer age. But they were interested primarily in formalizing mathematics. Because of the important role of nonmathematical knowledge in AI, their emphasis was too narrow from the perspective of knowledge representation, their formal languages were not sufficiently expressive. On the other hand, most logicians were not concerned about the possibility of automated reasoning; from the perspective of knowledge representation, they were often too generous in the choice of syntactic constructs. In spite of these differences, classical mathematical logic has exerted significant influence on knowledge representation research, and it is appropriate to begin this handbook with a discussion of the relationship between these fields. The language of classical logic that is most widely used in the theory of knowledge representation is the language of firstorder (predicate) formulas. These are the formulas that John McCarthy proposed to use for representing declarative knowledge in his advice taker paper [176], and Alan Robinson proposed to prove automatically using resolution [236]. Propositional logic is, of course, the most important subset of firstorder logic; recent
Termination, ACTermination and Dependency Pairs of Term Rewriting Systems
 Ph.D. thesis, JAIST
, 2000
"... Copyright c ○ 2000 by Keiichirou KUSAKARI Recently, Arts and Giesl introduced the notion of dependency pairs, which gives effective methods for proving termination of term rewriting systems (TRSs). In this thesis, we extend the notion of dependency pairs to ACTRSs, and introduce new methods for eff ..."
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Copyright c ○ 2000 by Keiichirou KUSAKARI Recently, Arts and Giesl introduced the notion of dependency pairs, which gives effective methods for proving termination of term rewriting systems (TRSs). In this thesis, we extend the notion of dependency pairs to ACTRSs, and introduce new methods for effectively proving ACtermination. Since it is impossible to directly apply the notion of dependency pairs to ACTRSs, we introduce the head parts in terms and show an analogy between the root positions in infinite reduction sequences by TRSs and the head positions in those by ACTRSs. Indeed, this analogy is essential for the extension of dependency pairs to ACTRSs. Based on this analogy, we define ACdependency pairs. To simplify the task of proving termination and ACtermination, several elimination transformations such as the dummy elimination, the distribution elimination, the general dummy elimination and the improved general dummy elimination, have been proposed. In this thesis, we show that the argument filtering method combined with the ACdependency pair technique is essential in all the elimination transformations above. We present remarkable simple proofs for the soundness of these elimination transformations based on this observation. Moreover, we propose a new elimination transformation, called the argument filtering transformation, which is not only more powerful than all the other elimination transformations but also especially useful to make clear an essential relationship among them.
Proving FirstOrder Equality Theorems with HyperLinking
, 1995
"... Lee and Plaisted recently developed a new automated theorem proving strategy called hyperlinking. As part of his dissertation, Lee developed a roundbyround implementation of the hyperlinking strategy, which competes well with other automated theorem provers on a wide range of theorem proving p ..."
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Lee and Plaisted recently developed a new automated theorem proving strategy called hyperlinking. As part of his dissertation, Lee developed a roundbyround implementation of the hyperlinking strategy, which competes well with other automated theorem provers on a wide range of theorem proving problems. However, Lee's roundbyround implementation of hyperlinking is not particularly well suited for the addition of special methods in support of equality. In this dissertation, we describe, as alternative to the roundbyround hyperlinking implementation of Lee, a smallest instance first implementation of hyperlinking which addresses many of the inefficiencies of roundbyround hyperlinking encountered when adding special methods in support of equality. Smallest instance first hyperlinking is based on the formalization of generating smallest clauses first, a heuristic widely used in other automated theorem provers. We prove both the soundness and logical completeness of smallest instance first hyperlinking and show that it always generates smallest clauses first under
Invariants, Patterns and Weights for Ordering Terms
 Journal of Symbolic Computation
, 1999
"... This paper is concerned with developing similar results for terms. The first main section considers how we may assign numerical invariants to orders on terms, and hence establish Pn as a classifying space for term orders over n nonconstant function symbols. The second concerns a general framework f ..."
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This paper is concerned with developing similar results for terms. The first main section considers how we may assign numerical invariants to orders on terms, and hence establish Pn as a classifying space for term orders over n nonconstant function symbols. The second concerns a general framework for ordering terms by counting embedded patterns: we construct a large class of new term orders and show how our method subsumes earlier constructions. A final section looks at the recursive path order in the light of our results. We now explain our results in more detail
J. Symbolic Computation (1999) 11, 1000
"... This paper is concerned with developing similar results for terms. The first main section considers how we may assign numerical invariants to orders on terms, and hence establish 72n as a classifying space for term orders over n nonconstant function symbols. The second concerns a general framework ..."
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This paper is concerned with developing similar results for terms. The first main section considers how we may assign numerical invariants to orders on terms, and hence establish 72n as a classifying space for term orders over n nonconstant function symbols. The second concerns a general framework for ordering terms by counting embedded patterns: we construct a large class of new term orders and show how our method subsumes earlier constructions. A final section looks at the recursire path order in the light of our results. We now explain our results in more detail
Hechantcal Theorem Proving and Artificial Zntelligence Languages
"... act This dissertation is principally concerned with incompleteness issues in the design of artificial intelligence languages. Major sources of incompleteness are the pattern matching and inference facilities of the languages. Incompleteness in the area of pattern matching can be repaired by developi ..."
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act This dissertation is principally concerned with incompleteness issues in the design of artificial intelligence languages. Major sources of incompleteness are the pattern matching and inference facilities of the languages. Incompleteness in the area of pattern matching can be repaired by developing unification algorithms for the specialized data types of the languages. A complete, but potentially infinite unification process is described for arbitrary data types in general and is applied to the QA4/QLISP vector, bag, and class data types. Finite, complete Ltnification algorithms are also described for the bag and class data types. The bag unification algorithm is extended to the case of unification of first order predicate calculus terms with functions which are both associative and commutative. Incompleteness in the area of the inference system can be repaired by use of some form of the, inference procedure which is a complete extension derived from model elimination of the problem reduction method _ This can readily be accomplished in present or new artificial intelligence languages by attempting to derive all goals in the context of the asserted negations of all higher goals. The problem of compatibility of the • procedure and use of models is addressed though not finally resolved. Design of and experimental results for the theorem proving program PSTP are presented. The inference system used is a variant of the T procedure and a version of PSTP was used to verify the effectiveness of the special unification algorithms developed. i Acknowled_ents I would like to thank the members of my committee, Professors