On the Computational Content of Termination Proofs

  • Georg Moser
  • Thomas Powell
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9136)


Given that a program has been shown to terminate using a particular proof, it is natural to ask what we can infer about its complexity. In this paper we outline a new approach to tackling this question in the context of term rewrite systems and recursive path orders. From an inductive proof that recursive path orders are well-founded, we extract an explicit realiser which bounds the derivational complexity of rewrite systems compatible with these orders. We demonstrate that by analysing our realiser we are able to derive, in a completely uniform manner, a number of results on the relationship between the strength of path orders and the bounds they induce on complexity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Computer ScienceUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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