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Saarland University Computer Science

First-Order Theory of Subtyping Constraints

Zhendong Su, Alexander Aiken, Joachim Niehren, Tim Priesnitz, Ralf Treinen

The 29th Annual ACM SIGPLAN-SIGACT Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages, The ACM Press, January 2002

We investigate the first-order theory of subtyping constraints. We show that the first-order theory of non-structural subtyping is undecidable, and we show that in the case where all constructors are either unary or nullary, the first-order theory is decidable for both structural and non-structural subtyping. The decidability results are shown by reduction to a decision problem on tree automata. This work is a step towards resolving long-standing open problems of the decidability of entailment for non-structural subtyping.

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