Solving simplification ordering constraints

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 845)


This paper considers the decision problem for the existential fragment of the theory of simplification orderings. A simple, polynomialtime procedure is given for deciding satisfiability of ordering constraints by simplification orderings, and it is also shown that the corresponding problem for total simplification orderings is NP-complete. This latter result can be interpreted as showing that the problem of deciding whether or not a simplification ordering on first-order terms can be linearized is NP-complete.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fachbereich InformatikUniversität SaarbrückenSaarbrückenGermany
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für InformatikSaarbrückenGermany

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