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Elimination of equality via transformation with ordering constraints

Bachmair, Leo and Ganzinger, Harald and Voronkov, Andrei

December 1997, 18 pages.

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We refine Brand's method for eliminating equality axioms by (i) imposingeordering constraints on auxiliary variables introduced during the transformation process and (ii) avoiding certain transformations of positive equations with a variable on the right-hand side. The refinements are both of theoretical and practical interest. For instance, the second refinement is implemented in Setheo and appears to be critical for that prover's performance on equational problems. The correctness of this variant of Brand's method was an open problem that is solved by the more general results in the present paper. The experimental results we obtained from a prototype implementation of our proposed method for the model elimination prover Protein also show some dramatic improvements of the proof search. Ordering constraints have already been widely used in equational theorem provers based on paramodulation. We prove the correctness of our refinements of Brand's method by establishing a suitable connection to basic paramodulation calculi and thereby shed new light on the connection between different approaches to equational theorem proving.
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  AUTHOR = {Bachmair, Leo and Ganzinger, Harald and Voronkov, Andrei},
  TITLE = {Elimination of equality via transformation with ordering constraints},
  TYPE = {Research Report},
  INSTITUTION = {Max-Planck-Institut f{\"u}r Informatik},
  ADDRESS = {Im Stadtwald, D-66123 Saarbr{\"u}cken, Germany},
  NUMBER = {MPI-I-97-2-012},
  MONTH = {December},
  YEAR = {1997},
  ISSN = {0946-011X},