Linear Ranking for Linear Lasso Programs
The general setting of this work is the constraint-based synthesis of termination arguments. We consider a restricted class of programs called lasso programs. The termination argument for a lasso program is a pair of a ranking function and an invariant. We present the—to the best of our knowledge—first method to synthesize termination arguments for lasso programs that uses linear arithmetic.We prove a completeness theorem. The completeness theorem establishes that, even though we use only linear (as opposed to non-linear) constraint solving, we are able to compute termination arguments in several interesting cases. The key to our method lies in a constraint transformation that replaces a disjunction by a sum.
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