Decision Procedures: An Algorithmic Point of View (Texts in Theoretical Computer Science. An EATCS Series) 2008th Edition
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“The topic of this book is decision procedures for first-order theories … . it is one of the first to capture the essential concepts of SMT in a book. … relevant to those wishing to understand the area today. … the book more accessible to those without a strong background in mathematical logic.” (Clark Barrett, Journal of Automated Reasoning, Vol. 51, 2013)
"This book is a developed version of classroom notes for a course on decision procedures, intended for undergraduate and graduate students … . The developments are intended for programmers who need to know about the algorithms that solve their particular problems, as well as for students and researchers who need to know how to define such algorithms in the framework of appropriate logics. … Overall, the book is well structured … ." (Siva Anantharaman, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2009 m)
"There are a number of things that I like about the book. Although the material is often complex, the exposition is extremely clear, precise and meticulous. A definition is almost always followed by a clarifying example. As noted above, Kroening and Strichman go to great efforts to explain the notations used. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to think of another text on an advanced subject that does so much to make the material accessible to the reader." (K. Harrow, ACM Computing Reviews, September, 2008)
"This book has two topics as main points: ‘decision procedures’ and ‘algorithms to be applied for these decisions’. … Such an approach is very useful for graduate students or students in year four or five … . Each chapter introduces and explains a lot of different concepts and presents good examples, some problems and exercises with algorithm-based solutions, and a glossary at its end, which makes the book very applicable and readable. … The book is very well written and interesting to read." (Christian Posthoff, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1149, 2008)
- Item Weight : 3.06 pounds
- Hardcover : 322 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9783540741046
- ISBN-13 : 978-3540741046
- Product Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.75 x 9.21 inches
- Publisher : Springer; 2008th Edition (May 23, 2008)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 3540741046
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,607,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Already-practicing professionals may be disappointed (I heard fairly vigorous objections to the lack of detail and the characterization of Shostak's procedure from one expert), but the book is probably not for them anyway.
I was hoping that this book would be a good introduction (or reference) to the field of decision procedures, but unfortunately, going directly to the research papers is a much better investment of your time (and money).
The following references provide an excellent coverage of the field:
1. "Constraint Processing", by Rina Dechter. This is an excellent reference on Constraint Solving, which is similar to decision procedures, but focuses more on finite-domain problems.
2. "Decision Procedures for Bit-Vectors, Arrays and Integers", Ph.D. Thesis by Vijay Ganesh, 2007.
3. "Searching for Truth: Techniques for Satisfiability of Boolean Formulas", Ph.D. Thesis by Lintao Zhang, 2003.
4. "Efficient Algorithms for Clause-Learning SAT Solvers", M.Sc. Thesis by Lawrence Ryan, 2003.