Automated reasoning in extensions of theories of constructors with recursively defined functions and homomorphisms

Author Viorica Sofronie-Stokkermans

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Viorica Sofronie-Stokkermans. Automated reasoning in extensions of theories of constructors with recursively defined functions and homomorphisms. In Interaction versus Automation: The two Faces of Deduction. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 9411, pp. 1-33, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2010)


We study possibilities of reasoning about extensions of base theories with functions which satisfy certain recursion and homomorphism properties. Our focus is on emphasizing possibilities of hierarchical and modular reasoning in such extensions and combinations thereof. \begin{itemize} item[(1)] We show that the theory of absolutely free constructors is local, and locality is preserved also in the presence of selectors. These results are consistent with existing decision procedures for this theory (e.g. by Oppen). item[(2)] We show that, under certain assumptions, extensions of the theory of absolutely free constructors with functions satisfying a certain type of recursion axioms satisfy locality properties, and show that for functions with values in an ordered domain we can combine recursive definitions with boundedness axioms without sacrificing locality. We also address the problem of only considering models whose data part is the {em initial} term algebra of such theories. item[(3)] We analyze conditions which ensure that similar results can be obtained if we relax some assumptions about the absolute freeness of the underlying theory of data types, and illustrate the ideas on an example from cryptography. end{itemize} The locality results we establish allow us to reduce the task of reasoning about the class of recursive functions we consider to reasoning in the underlying theory of data structures (possibly combined with the theories associated with the co-domains of the recursive functions). As a by-product, the methods we use provide a possibility of presenting in a different light (and in a different form) locality phenomena studied in cryp-to-gra-phy; we believe that they will allow to better separate rewriting from proving, and thus to give simpler proofs.
  • Decision procedures
  • recursive datatypes
  • recursive functions
  • homomorphisms
  • verification
  • cryptography


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