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#### Contextual Rewriting in SPASS

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Wischnewski, P. (2007). Contextual Rewriting in SPASS. Master Thesis, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-1D89-6

##### Abstract

First-order theorem proving with equality is undecidable, in general.
However, it
is semi-decidable in the sense that it is refutationally complete. The
basis for a
(semi)-decision procedure for first-order clauses with equality is a
calculus composed
of inference and reduction rules. The inference rules of the calculus
generate
new clauses whereas the reduction rules delete clauses or transform them
into simpler
ones. If, in particular, strong reduction rules are available,
decidability of
certain subclasses of first-order logic can be shown. Hence,
sophisticated reductions
are essential for progress in automated theorem proving. In this thesis we
consider the superposition calculus and in particular the sophisticated
reduction
rule Contextual Rewriting. However, it is in general undecidable whether
contextual
rewriting can be applied. Therefore, to make the rule applicable in
practice,
it has to be further refined. In this work we develop an instance of
contextual
rewriting which effectively performs contextual rewriting and we
implement this
in the theorem prover Spass.