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Loop detection in term rewriting using the eliminating unfoldings

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Loop detection in term rewriting using the eliminating unfoldings
In this paper, we present a fully automatizable approach to detecting loops in standard term rewriting. Our method is based on semi-unification and an unfolding operation which processes both forwards and backwards and considers variable subterms. We also describe a technique to reduce the explosion of rules caused by the unfolding process. The idea is to eliminate from the set of unfoldings some rules that are estimated as useless for detecting loops. This is done by an approximation which consists in pruning the left-hand or right-hand side of the rules used to unfold. The analyser that we have implemented is able to solve most of the examples from the Termination Competition'07 that do not terminate due to a loop. Key words: term rewriting system, non-termination, loop, unfoldings, useless rule
Étienne Payet
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where TCS
Authors Étienne Payet
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