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Title:Variant Narrowing and Equational Unification
Author(s):Escobar, Santiago; Meseguer, José; Sasse, Ralf
Subject(s):computer science
Abstract:Narrowing is a well-known complete procedure for equational E-unification when E can be decomposed as a union E = \Delta \uplus B with B a set of axioms for which a finitary unification algorithm exists, and \Delta a set of confluent, terminating, and B-coherent rewrite rules. However, when B \not= \emptyset, efficient narrowing strategies such as basic narrowing easily fail to be complete and cannot be used. This poses two challenges to narrowing-based equational unification: (i) finding efficient narrowing strategies that are complete modulo B under mild assumptions on B, and (ii) finding sufficient conditions under which such narrowing strategies yield finitary E-unification algorithms. Inspired by Comon and Delaune's notion of E-variant for a term, we propose a new narrowing strategy called variant narrowing that has a search space potentially much smaller than full narrowing, is complete, and yields a finitary E-unification algorithm when E has the finite variant property. We furthermore identify a class of equational theories for which the finite bound ensuring the finite variant property can be effectively computed by a generic algorithm. We also discuss applications to the formal analysis of cryptographic protocols modulo the algebraic properties of the underlying cryptographic functions.
Issue Date:2007-10
Genre:Technical Report
Other Identifier(s):UIUCDCS-R-2007-2910
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Date Available in IDEALS:2009-04-22

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