Combining Proof-Producing Decision Procedures

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Combining Proof-Producing Decision Procedures
Constraint solvers are key modules in many systems with reasoning capabilities (e.g., automated theorem provers). To incorporate constraint solvers in such systems, the capability of producing conflict sets or explanations of their results is crucial. For expressiveness, constraints are usually built out in unions of theories and constraint solvers in such unions are obtained by modularly combining solvers for the component theories. In this paper, we consider the problem of modularly constructing conflict sets for a combined theory by re-using available proof-producing procedures for the component theories. The key idea of our solution to this problem is the concept of explanation graph, which is a labelled, acyclic and undirected graph capable of recording the entailment of some equalities. Explanation graphs allow us to record explanations computed by a proof-producing procedure and to refine the Nelson-Oppen combination method to modularly build conflict sets for disjoint union...
Silvio Ranise, Christophe Ringeissen, Duc-Khanh Tr
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Authors Silvio Ranise, Christophe Ringeissen, Duc-Khanh Tran
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