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DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.RTA.2010.243
URN: urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-26565
URL: http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2010/2656/

Neurauter, Friedrich ; Middeldorp, Aart

Polynomial Interpretations over the Reals do not Subsume Polynomial Interpretations over the Integers

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Abstract

Polynomial interpretations are a useful technique for proving termination of term rewrite systems. They come in various flavors: polynomial interpretations with real, rational and integer coefficients. In 2006, Lucas proved that there are rewrite systems that can be shown polynomially terminating by polynomial interpretations with real (algebraic) coefficients, but cannot be shown polynomially terminating using polynomials with rational coefficients only. He also proved a similar theorem with respect to the use of rational coefficients versus integer coefficients. In this paper we show that polynomial interpretations with real or rational coefficients do not subsume polynomial interpretations with integer coefficients, contrary to what is commonly believed. We further show that polynomial interpretations with real coefficients subsume polynomial interpretations with rational coefficients.

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@InProceedings{neurauter_et_al:LIPIcs:2010:2656,
  author =	{Friedrich Neurauter and Aart Middeldorp},
  title =	{{Polynomial Interpretations over the Reals do not Subsume Polynomial Interpretations over the Integers}},
  booktitle =	{Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Rewriting Techniques and Applications},
  pages =	{243--258},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-939897-18-7},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2010},
  volume =	{6},
  editor =	{Christopher Lynch},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2010/2656},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-26565},
  doi =		{http://dx.doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.RTA.2010.243},
  annote =	{Keywords: Term rewriting, termination, polynomial interpretations}
}

Keywords: Term rewriting, termination, polynomial interpretations
Seminar: Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Rewriting Techniques and Applications
Issue date: 2010
Date of publication: 06.07.2010


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