From Outermost to Context-Sensitive Rewriting

  • Jörg Endrullis
  • Dimitri Hendriks
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5595)


We define a transformation from term rewriting systems (TRSs) to context-sensitive TRSs in such a way that termination of the target system implies outermost termination of the original system. For the class of left-linear TRSs the transformation is complete. Thereby state-of-the-art termination methods and automated termination provers for context-sensitive rewriting become available for proving termination of outermost rewriting. The translation has been implemented in Jambox, making it the most successful tool in the category of outermost rewriting of the last edition of the annual termination competition.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jörg Endrullis
    • 1
  • Dimitri Hendriks
    • 1
  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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