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Equational and Membership Constraints for Infinite Trees

Joachim Niehren; Andreas Podelski; Ralf Treinen
DFKI, DFKI Research Reports (RR), Vol. 93-14, 1993.


We present a new constraint system with equational and membership constraints over infinite trees. It provides for complete and correct satisfiability and entailment tests and ir therefore suitable for the use in concurrent constraint programming systems which are based on cyclic data structures. Our set defining devices are greatest fixpoint solutions of regular systems of equations with a deterministic form of union. As the main technical particularity of the algorithms we present a novel memorization technique. We believe that both satisfiability and entailment tests can be implemented in an efficient and incremental manner.