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Using inequalities as term ordering constraints

Joe Hurd

June 2003, 17 pages

Abstract

In this paper we show how linear inequalities can be used to approximate Knuth-Bendix term ordering constraints, and how term operations such as substitution can be carried out on systems of inequalities. Using this representation allows an off-the-shelf linear arithmetic decision procedure to check the satisfiability of a set of ordering constraints. We present a formal description of a resolution calculus where systems of inequalities are used to constrain clauses, and implement this using the Omega test as a satisfiability checker. We give the results of an experiment over problems in the TPTP archive, comparing the practical performance of the resolution calculus with and without inherited inequality constraints.

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@TechReport{UCAM-CL-TR-567,
  author =	 {Hurd, Joe},
  title = 	 {{Using inequalities as term ordering constraints}},
  year = 	 2003,
  month = 	 jun,
  url = 	 {http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/techreports/UCAM-CL-TR-567.pdf},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-567}
}