Author | Snyder, Wayne. author |
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Title | A Proof Theory for General Unification [electronic resource] / by Wayne Snyder |

Imprint | Boston, MA : Birkhรคuser Boston : Imprint: Birkhรคuser, 1991 |

Connect to | http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-0435-0 |

Descript | VII, 178 p. online resource |

SUMMARY

In this monograph we study two generalizations of standard unification, E-unification and higher-order unification, using an abstract approach origยญ inated by Herbrand and developed in the case of standard first-order unifiยญ cation by Martelli and Montanari. The formalism presents the unification computation as a set of non-deterministic transformation rules for conยญ verting a set of equations to be unified into an explicit representation of a unifier (if such exists). This provides an abstract and mathematically elegant means of analysing the properties of unification in various settings by providing a clean separation of the logical issues from the specification of procedural information, and amounts to a set of 'inference rules' for unification, hence the title of this book. We derive the set of transformations for general E-unification and higherยญ order unification from an analysis of the sense in which terms are 'the same' after application of a unifying substitution. In both cases, this results in a simple extension of the set of basic transformations given by Herbrandยญ Martelli-Montanari for standard unification, and shows clearly the basic relationships of the fundamental operations necessary in each case, and thus the underlying structure of the most important classes of term unifiยญ cation problems

CONTENT

1: Introduction -- 2: Preview -- 3: Preliminaries -- 3.1 Algebraic Background -- 3.2 Substitutions -- 3.3 Unification by Transformations on Systems -- 3.4 Equational Logic -- 3.5 Term Rewriting -- 3.6 Completion of Equational Theories -- 4: E-Unification -- 4.1 Basic Definitions and Results -- 4.2 Methods for E-Unification -- 5: E-Unification via Transformations -- 5.1 The Set of Transformations BT -- 5.2 Soundness of the Set BT -- 5.3 Completeness of the Set BT -- 6: An Improved Set of Transformations -- 6.1 Ground Church-Rosser Systems -- 6.2 Completeness of the Set T -- 6.3 Surreduction -- 6.4 Completeness of the Set T Revisited -- 6.5 Relaxed Paramodulation -- 6.6 Previous Work -- 6.7 Eager Variable Elimination -- 6.8 Current and Future Work -- 6.9 Conclusion -- 7: Higher Order Unification -- 7.1 Preliminaries -- 7.2 Higher Order Unification via Transformations -- 7.3 Huetโ{128}{153}s Procedure Revisited -- 7.4 Conclusion -- 8: Conclusion -- Appendices

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