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Combination of disjoint theories: beyond decidability


Combination of theories underlies the design of satisfiability modulo theories (SMT) solvers. The Nelson-Oppen framework can be used to build a decision procedure for the combination of two disjoint decidable stably infinite theories. We here study combinations involving an arbitrary first-order theory. Decidability is lost, but refutational completeness is preserved. We consider two cases and provide complete (semi-)algorithms for them. First, we show that it is possible under minor technical conditions to combine a decidable (not necessarily stably infinite) theory and a disjoint finitely axiomatized theory, obtaining a refutationally complete procedure. Second, we provide a refutationally complete procedure for the union of two disjoint finitely axiomatized theories, that uses the assumed procedures for the underlying theories without modifying them.
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hal-00747271 , version 1 (30-10-2012)



Pascal Fontaine, Stephan Merz, Christoph Weidenbach. Combination of disjoint theories: beyond decidability. IJCAR - 6th International Joint Conference on Automated Reasoning - 2012, Jun 2012, Manchester, United Kingdom. pp.256-270, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-31365-3_21⟩. ⟨hal-00747271⟩
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