A tableau-based decision procedure for CTL*

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    Abstract

    We present a sound, complete and implementable tableau method for deciding satisfiability of formulas in the propositional version of computation tree logic CTL*. This is the first such tableau. CTL* is an exceptionally important temporal logic with applications from hardware design to agent reasoning, but there is no easily automated reasoning approach to CTL*. The tableau here is a traditional tree-shaped or top-down style tableau, and affords the possibility of reasonably quick decisions on the satisfiability of medium-sized formulas and construction of small models for them. A straightforward subroutine is given for determining when looping allows successful branch termination, but much needed further development is left as future work. In particular, a more general repetition prevention mechanism is needed to speed up the task of tableau construction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)739-779
    JournalFORMAL ASPECTS OF COMPUTING
    Volume23
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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