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Closure of Hedge-Automata Languages by Hedge Rewriting


We consider rewriting systems for unranked ordered terms, i.e. trees where the number of successors of a node is not determined by its label, and is not a priori bounded. The rewriting systems are defined such that variables in the rewrite rules can be substituted by hedges (sequences of terms) instead of just terms. Consequently, this notion of rewriting subsumes both standard term rewriting and word rewriting. We investigate some preservation properties for two classes of languages of unranked ordered terms under this generalization of term rewriting. The considered classes include languages of hedge automata (HA) and some extension (called CF-HA) with context-free languages in transitions, instead of regular languages. In particular, we show that the set of unranked terms reachable from a given HA language, using a so called inverse context-free rewrite system, is a HA language. The proof, based on a HA completion procedure, reuses and combines known techniques with non-trivial adaptations. Moreover, we prove, with different techniques, that the closure of CF-HA languages with respect to restricted context-free rewrite systems, the symmetric case of the above rewrite systems, is a CF-HA language. As a consequence, the problems of ground reachability and regular hedge model checking are decidable in both cases. We give several counter examples showing that we cannot relax the restrictions.
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inria-00329803 , version 1 (13-10-2008)



Florent Jacquemard, Michael Rusinowitch. Closure of Hedge-Automata Languages by Hedge Rewriting. 19th International Conference on Rewriting Techniques and Applications - RTA 2008, 2008, Hagenberg, Austria. pp.157-171, ⟨10.1007/978-3-540-70590-1_11⟩. ⟨inria-00329803⟩
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