We study the decision problem for the language DGRA (directed graphs with reachability and acyclicity), a quantifier-free fragment of graph theory involving the notions of reachability and acyclicity. We prove that the language DGRA is decidable, and that its decidability problem is NP-complete. We do so by showing that the language enjoys a small model property: If a formula is satisfiable, then it has a model whose cardinality is polynomial in the size of the formula. Moreover, we show how the small model property can be used in order to devise a tableau-based decision procedure for DGRA.

A tableau-based decision procedure for a fragment of graph theory involving reachability and acyclicity

CANTONE, Domenico;
2005-01-01

Abstract

We study the decision problem for the language DGRA (directed graphs with reachability and acyclicity), a quantifier-free fragment of graph theory involving the notions of reachability and acyclicity. We prove that the language DGRA is decidable, and that its decidability problem is NP-complete. We do so by showing that the language enjoys a small model property: If a formula is satisfiable, then it has a model whose cardinality is polynomial in the size of the formula. Moreover, we show how the small model property can be used in order to devise a tableau-based decision procedure for DGRA.
2005
3-540-28931-3
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