|Title||Synthesizing Term Rewrite Systems for Automated Complexity Analysis of Prolog Programs|
|Abstract||For term rewrite systems (TRSs), a huge number of automated termination analysis techniques have been developed during the last decades, and by automated transformations of Prolog programs to TRSs, these techniques can also be used to prove termination of Prolog programs. Very recently, techniques for automated termination analysis of TRSs have been adapted to prove asymptotic upper bounds for the runtime complexity of TRSs automatically. In this paper, we present an automated transformation from Prolog programs to TRSs such that the runtime of the resulting TRS is an asymptotic upper bound for the runtime of the original Prolog program (where the runtime of a Prolog program is measured by the number of unification attempts). Thus, techniques for complexity analysis of TRSs can now also be applied to prove upper complexity bounds for Prolog programs.Our experiments show that this transformational approach indeed yields more precise bounds than existing direct approaches for automated complexity analysis of Prolog. Moreover, it is also applicable to a larger class of Prolog programs such as non-well-moded programs or programs using built-in predicates like, e.g., cuts.|
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