Technical Reports (CIS)

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Technical Report

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Date of this Version

March 1988


University of Pennsylvania Department of Computer and Information Science Technical Report No. MS-CIS-88-14.


Rigid E-unification is a restricted kind of unification modulo equational theories, or E-unification, that arises naturally in extending Andrews's theorem proving method of matings to first-order languages with equality. This extension was first presented in Gallier, Raatz, and Snyder, where it was conjectured that rigid E-unification is decidable. In this paper, it is shown that rigid E-unification is NP-complete and that finite complete sets of rigid E-unifiers always exist. As a consequence, deciding whether a family of mated sets is an equational mating is an NP-complete problem. Some implications of this result regarding the complexity of theorem proving in first-order logic with equality are also discussed.



Date Posted: 25 September 2007