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    A New Approach to Inferences of Semantic Constraints

    Advances in Databases and Information Systems '97

    St Petersburg, 2nd - 5th September 1997


    J. Biskup & A. Kluck


    Chase procedures are well-known decision and semi-decision procedures for the implication problem among dependencies, a specific type of first-order logic formulas, that are used for expressing database constraints.

    Of course, the implication problem can also be treated by general refutationally complete inference systems, like resolution with paramodulation.

    Recently the inference rule of basic paramodulation has been introduced and investigated as a strategy for exploring the search space for a refutation most efficiently.

    This paper demonstrates that chase procedures can be seen as special instances of basic paramodulation by defining the parameters of basic paramodulation, a reduction ordering and a term selection function, appropriately.

    The mutual simulation of chase procedures and basic paramodulation also extends to the completeness proofs.


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