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MACE4 and SEM: A Comparison of Finite Model Generators

  • Hantao Zhang
  • Jian Zhang
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7788)

Abstract

This article has three objectives: (1) Promote Mace4, a program developed by Bill McCune that searches for finite models of first-order formulas and that is the best way to remember Bill. (2) Promote the research on model generation of first-order formulas. Mace4 remains one of the best model generation programs and we need newcomers who can take over Bill’s torch, because model generation is very important to automated reasoning and has many applications. (3) Compare Mace4 with SEM in detail so that the users of these tools or new model generator developers will understand the strengths and weaknesses of both systems and take advantage from this study.

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Finite models constraint propagation backtracking search 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hantao Zhang
    • 1
  • Jian Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceThe University of IowaIowa CityU.S.A.
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Computer Science, Institute of SoftwareChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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