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Efficient static analysis of XML paths and types

We present an algorithm to solve XPath decision problems under regular tree type constraints and show its use to statically type-check XPath queries. To this end, we prove the decidability of a logic with converse for finite ordered trees whose time complexity is a simple exponential of the size of a formula. The logic corresponds to the alternation free modal mu-calculus without greatest fixpoint, restricted to finite trees, and where formulas are cycle-free.


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