Expressiveness of graph conditions with variables


Graph conditions are very important for graph transformation systems and graph programs in a large variety of application areas. Nevertheless, non-local graph properties like “there exists a path”, “the graph is connected”, and “the graph is cycle-free” are not expressible by finite graph conditions. In this paper, we generalize the notion of finite graph conditions, expressively equivalent to first-order formulas on graphs, to finite HR graph conditions, i.e., finite graph conditions with variables where the variables are place-holders for graphs generated by a hyperedge replacement system. We show that graphs with variables and replacement morphisms form a weak adhesive HLR category. We investigate the expressive power of HR graph conditions and show that finite HR graph conditions are more expressive than monadic second-order graph formulas.

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@article{Habel2010ExpressivenessOG, title={Expressiveness of graph conditions with variables}, author={Annegret Habel and Hendrik Radke}, journal={ECEASST}, year={2010}, volume={30} }