Talks and Poster Presentations (with Proceedings-Entry):

B. Kiesl, M. Suda, M. Seidl, H. Tompits, A. Biere:
"Blocked Clauses in First-Order Logic";
Talk: Lpar-21: 21st International Conference On Logic For Programming, Artificial Intelligence And Reasoning, Maun, Botswana; 2017-05-07 - 2017-05-12; in: "LPAR-21. 21st International Conference on Logic for Programming, Artificial Intelligence and Reasoning", EasyChair EPiC Series in Computing, Volume 46 (2017), 31 - 48.

English abstract:
Blocked clauses provide the basis for powerful reasoning techniques used in SAT, QBF, and DQBF solving. Their definition, which relies on a simple syntactic criterion, guarantees that they are both redundant and easy to find. In this paper, we lift the notion of blocked clauses to first-order logic. We introduce two types of blocked clauses, one for first-order logic with equality and the other for first-order logic without equality, and prove their redundancy. In addition, we give a polynomial algorithm for checking whether a clause is blocked. Based on our new notions of blocking, we implemented a novel first-order preprocessing tool. Our experiments showed that many first-order problems in the TPTP library contain a large number of blocked clauses. Moreover, we observed that their elimination can improve the performance of modern theorem provers, especially on satisfiable problem instances.

automated theorem proving, first-order logic, preprocessing, sat, automated reasoning, clause elimination, blocked clauses

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