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Saarland University Computer Science

Encapsulated Search and Constraint Programming in Oz

Christian Schulte, Gert Smolka, Jörg Würtz

Second Workshop on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming, pp. 134--150, Springer-Verlag, May 1994

Oz is an attempt to create a high-level concurrent programming language providing the problem solving capabilities of logic programming (i.e., constraints and search). Its computation model can be seen as a rather radical extension of the concurrent constraint model providing for higher-order programming, deep guards, state, and encapsulated search. This paper focuses on the most recent extension, a higher-order combinator providing for encapsulated search. The search combinator spawns a local computation space and resolves remaining choices by returning the alternatives as first-class citizens. The search combinator allows to program different search strategies, including depth-first, indeterministic one solution, demand-driven multiple solution, all solutions, and best solution (branch and bound) search. The paper also discusses the semantics of integer and finite domain constraints in a deep guard computation model.

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