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Comparing the Succinctness of Monadic Query Languages over Finite Trees

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Comparing the Succinctness of Monadic Query Languages over Finite Trees
Abstract. We study the succinctness of monadic second-order logic and a variety of monadic fixed point logics on trees. All these languages are known to have the same expressive power on trees, but some can express the same queries much more succinctly than others. For example, we show that, under some complexity theoretic assumption, monadic second-order logic is nonelementarily more succinct than monadic least fixed point logic, which in turn is non-elementarily more succinct than monadic datalog. Succinctness of the languages is closely related to the combined and parameterised complexity of query evaluation for these languages. 1991 Mathematics Subject Classification. 03B70, 68Q45, 68P15.
Martin Grohe, Nicole Schweikardt
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Type Conference
Year 2003
Where CSL
Authors Martin Grohe, Nicole Schweikardt
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