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Title: Termination of logic programs - the never-ending story
Authors: De Schreye, Danny ×
Decorte, S #
Issue Date: May-1994
Publisher: Elsevier science inc
Series Title: Journal of logic programming vol:20 pages:199-260
Abstract: We survey termination analysis techniques for Logic Programs. We give an extensive introduction to the topic. We recall several motivations for the work, and point out the intuitions behind a number of LP-specific issues that turn up, such as: the study of different classes of programs and LP languages, of different classes of queries and of different selection rules, the difference between existential and universal termination, and the treatment of backward unification and local variables. Then, we turn to more technical aspects: the structure of the termination proofs, the selection of well-founded orderings, norms and level mappings, the inference of interargument relations, and special treatments proposed for dealing with mutual recursion. For each of these, we briefly sketch the main approaches presented in the literature, using a fixed example as a file rouge. We conclude with some comments on loop detection and cycle unification and state some open problems.
ISSN: 0743-1066
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Informatics Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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