## A General Theory of Semi-Unification (1993)

### BibTeX

@MISC{Jahama93ageneral,

author = {Said Jahama and A.J. Kfoury},

title = {A General Theory of Semi-Unification},

year = {1993}

}

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### Abstract

Various restrictions on the terms allowed for substitution give rise to different cases of semi-unification. Semi-unification on finite and regular terms has already been considered in the literature. We introduce a general case of semi-unification where substitutions are allowed on non-regular terms, and we prove the equivalence of this general case to a well-known undecidable data base dependency problem , thus establishing the undecidability of general semi-unification. We present a unified way of looking at the various problems of semi-unification. We give some properties that are common to all the cases of semi-unification. We also the principality property and the solution set for those problems. We prove that semi-unification on general terms has the principality property. Finally, we present a recursive inseparability result between semi-unification on regular terms and semi-unification on general terms. Partly supported by NSF grant CCR-9113196. Address: Department of Compu...