Deciding quantifier-free Presburger formulas using finite instantiation based on parameterized solution bounds
journal contributionposted on 01.05.2001 by Sanjit A. Seshia, Randal Bryant
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Abstract: "Given a formula [Phi] in quantifier-free Presburger arithmetic, it is well known that, if there is a satisfying solution to [Phi], there is one whose size, measured in bits, is polynomially bounded in the size of [Phi]. In this paper, we consider a special class of quantifier-free Presburger formulas in which most linear constraints are separation (difference-bound) constraints, and the non-separation constraints are sparse. This class has been observed to commonly occur in software verification problems. We derive a new solution bound in terms of parameters characterizing the sparseness of linear constraints and the number of non-separation constraints, in addition to traditional measures of formula size. In particular, the number of bits needed per integer variable is linear in the number of non-separation constraints and logarithmic in the number and size of non-zero coefficients in them, but is otherwise independent of the total number of linear constraints in the formula. The derived bound can be used in a decision procedure based on instantiating integer variables over a finite domain and translating the input quantifier-free Presburger formula to an equi-satisfiable Boolean formula, which is then checked using a Boolean satisfiability solver. We present empirical evidence indicating that this method can greatly outperform other decision procedures."