Interpolation and Model Checking for Nonlinear Arithmetic

Dejan Jovanović, Bruno Dutertre

We present a new model-based interpolation procedure for satisfiability modulo theories (SMT). The procedure uses a new mode of interaction with the SMT solver that we call solving modulo a model. This either extends a given partial model into a full model for a set of assertions or returns an explanation (a model interpolant) when no solution exists. This mode of interaction fits well into the model-constructing satisfiability (MCSAT) framework of SMT. We use it to develop an interpolation procedure for any MCSAT-supported theory. In particular, this method leads to an effective interpolation procedure for nonlinear real arithmetic. We evaluate the new procedure by integrating it into a model checker and comparing it with state-of-art model-checking tools for nonlinear arithmetic.

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