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Focusing the Inverse Method for Linear Logic

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posted on 01.08.2012, 00:00 by Kaustuv Chaudhuri, Frank Pfenning
Focusing is traditionally seen as a means of reducing inessential non-determinism in backward-reasoning strategies such as uniform proof-search or tableaux systems. In this paper we construct a form of focused derivations for propositional linear logic that is appropriate for forward reasoning in the inverse method. We show that the focused inverse method conservatively generalizes the classical hyperresolution strategy for Horn-theories, and demonstrate through a practical implementation that the focused inverse method is considerably faster than the non-focused version.