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Natural rewriting for general term rewriting systems

By Santiago Escobar, José Meseguer, and Prasanna Thati. In LOPSTR, volume 3573 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 101–116. Springer, 2004.

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We address the problem of an efficient rewriting strategy for general term rewriting systems. Several strategies have been proposed over the last two decades for rewriting, the most efficient of all being the natural rewriting strategy [9]. All the strategies so far, including natural rewriting, assume that the given term rewriting system is a left-linear constructor system. Although these restrictions are reasonable for some functional programming languages, they limit the expressive power of equational languages, and they preclude certain applications of rewriting to equational theorem proving and to languages combining equational and logic programming. In this paper, we propose a conservative generalization of natural rewriting that does not require the rules to be left-linear and constructor-based. We also establish the soundness and completeness of this generalization.


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