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Orvalho P., Terra-Neves M., Ventura M., Martins R., Manquinho V.

International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming, CP 2019: Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming

pp 583



Program synthesis is the problem of finding a program that satisfies a given specification. Most program synthesizers are based on enumerating program candidates that satisfy the specification. Recently, several new tools for program synthesis have been proposed where Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT) solvers are used to prune the search space by discarding programs that do not satisfy the specification.

The size of current tree-based SMT encodings for program synthesis grows exponentially with the size of the program. In this paper, a new compact line-based encoding is proposed that allows a faster enumeration of the program space. Experimental results on a large set of query synthesis problem instances show that using the new encoding results in a more effective tool that is able to synthesize larger programs.


Program synthesis Satisfiability Modulo Theories Enumerative search SQL