On the word, subsumption, and complement problem for recurrent term schematizations

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  • Miki Hermann
  • Gernot Salzer
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1450)


We investigate the word and the subsumption problem for recurrent term schematizations, which are a special type of constraints based on iteration. By means of unification, we reduce these problems to a fragment of Presburger arithmetic. Our approach is applicable to all recurrent term schematizations having a finitary unification algorithm. Furthermore, we study a particular form of the complement problem. Given a finite set of terms, we ask whether its complement can be finitely represented by schematizations, using only the equality predicate without negation. The answer is negative as there are ground terms too complex to be represented by schematizations with limited resources.


Word Problem Unification Algorithm Counter Variable Quantifier Elimination Complement Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miki Hermann
    • 1
  • Gernot Salzer
    • 2
  1. 1.LORIA (CNRS)Vandœuvre-lès-NancyFrance
  2. 2.Technische Universität WienWienAustria

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