# Questions tagged [automated-theorem-proving]

Machine-checked, machine-generated or machine-verified proofs

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### Learning Automated Theorem Proving

I am learning Automated Theorem Proving / SMT solvers / Proof Assistants by myself and post a series of questions about the process, starting here. Note that these topics are not easily digested ...
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### What was the major breakthrough between Hoare-Floyd logic and Scott–Strachey semantics?

I'm reading through a commentary on Milner's "The use of machines to assist in rigorous proof" by Mike Gordon. In this paper, he explains how LCF was born from the ideas of denotational semantics by ...
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### Is there a correspondence of steps between DPLL and sequent-calculus?

Is there a correspondence between the steps in using DPLL to find out that a formula in propositional logic is unsatisfiable and using sequent calculus to prove that its negation is valid? And given ...
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### Superposition calculus: greater vs greater-or-equal

Bachmair and Ganzinger 1991, 'Rewrite-Based Equational Theorem Proving With Selection and Simplification', specifies the criterion for using an equation as, by some appropriate ordering, ...
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### Automated geometric theorem-proving using synthetic methods

This question is about geometric theorem proving and is inspired by this Math.SE post. Currently, Euclidean-geometric theorem provers, as referred to in the post, use coordinate geometry to convert ...
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### Why Church-encoded types aren't sufficient to express inductive proofs?

I've heard some claims that the calculus of constructions without inductive types isn't powerful enough to express proofs by induction. Is that correct? If so, why isn't the Church-encoding sufficient ...
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### Superposition calculus: Elimination of redundant atoms

Bachmair and Ganzinger (1991), 'Rewrite-Based Equational Theorem Proving With Selection and Simplification', section 5.2, 'Simplification and Deletion Techniques', page 17, 'Elimination of redundant ...
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### Bachmair and Ganzinger, ordering of equations

Bachmair and Ganzinger (1991), 'Rewrite-Based Equational Theorem Proving With Selection and Simplification', page 4, defines an order on equations. (This is an arcane piece of machinery but a critical ...
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I would like to learn about different approaches to formal verification of software programs that goes beyond what Wikipedia has to offer. Ideally one would not only get an overview but also ...
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### Unification algorithm that directly finds multiple substitutions?

Systems of formal logic generally have inference rules that require certain expressions to be syntactically the same in multiple steps. Typically two steps are involved, as for modus ponens, where ...
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### Finding libraries of formalized mathematics

I want to formalize Interval Newton Methods in Isabelle. As a research, I have the curiosity of whether there is anything done in the field. For that, I need to know what mathematical contents have ...
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### Type theory based automated theorem prover?

I know that there exist type theory based proof-checker, and I know that there are logic/sequent-calculus based automated theorem provers. But I haven’t heard of a type-theory based automated theorem ...
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### Why aren’t (type theory based) automated theorem provers efficient?

Note: my main experience with theorem provers is with Type theory based proof-assistant, rather than an actual automated theorem prover. It is obvious why naive automated theorem proving is ...
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### Are there any interesting terms in pure LF or $\lambda\Pi$?

In my searching, I've seen that if Church numerals are encoded in a dependently typed Lambda calculus, that we can't derive induction or that $0 \neq 1$. I know that LF and the dependently typed ...
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### Has the concept of using a hand checked simple theorem prover to validate more complex theorem provers been explored before?

More specifically, has anyone used a chain of theorem provers to validate a highly evolved theorem prover, starting with a very simple hand checked prover such that each new theorem prover is used to ...
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### Proof Carrying LLVM?

I am intrigued by and understand the very basics of Proof Carrying Code (PCC) and I recognize that LLVM is a machine-independent intermediate language. LLVM is the intermediate form of many languages,...
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### How to define function type in AGDA

The "function" type $\rightarrow$ is predefined in Agda. But how would one define it if it was not predefined? Specifically I am talking about $\rightarrow$ in: ...
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### Modern presentation of Ackermann's “Solvable Cases?”

Ackermann's book "Solvable Cases of the Decision Problem" discusses decidable instances of first order logic, particularly monadic logic, and so called "equality formulas". However, the book is from ...
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### Theorem Prover for complexity theoretic reductions

Can complexity theoretic reductions that lead to proofs of say NP completeness be formalized using an existing theorem prover such as Coq? If so, can you provide an outline of how to formalize a ...
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### Monadic Second Order Logic for Dummies

I am programmer with a grip on automata, but not on logic. I read in papers that the two are very tightly related. Deterministic Finite Automata (DFA), Tree Automata and Visibly Pushdown Automata are ...
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### Procedure to automatically solve field theorems in a SMT solver

I'm working with the Welder proof assistant. Basically, this system uses basic inference rules to modify the goal one wants to proof. At a latter step, the modified goals are passed to a SMT solver to ...
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### Why do TPTP Performance plots look like this?

CASC is the premier Automated Theorem Prover competition performed annually at the Conference on Automated Deduction (CADE). The 2017 event has finished on the 9th of August this year. During this ...
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### Sorts and constructors for modelling classes in a theorem prover

I have been working in the Welder theorem prover for some time now. But I'm confused in the way they handle data-types. I'm not familiar with the terminology of sorts and constructors. Here is how one ...
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### What is the difference between superposition and paramodulation?

I am currently writing a paper about automated theorem proving in first-order logic. Equality is not uncommon for mathematical problems and almost every theorem prover like VAMPIRE or SPASS has a ...
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### Verification condition in case of array theory

As far as i can understand the problem of checking safety property, can be reduce to solving for inductive invariants in VC's and there is following parts to it: Generate VC's from the program. Solve ...
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### Formal specification; Logical formula

* Initial Question * I'm trying to write a logical formula consists of three Boolean variable C1, C2, C3. My program takes graph as input and checks properties about them. C1 represents presence of ...
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### Is it possible to build short proofs of arbitrary folds over a huge list?

With the use of Merkle Trees, you can prove the presence of an element of a very big list, with an amount of information close to just logarithm of the size of the whole tree. Merkle proofs, thus, ...
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### How to self-learn automated theorem proving? [duplicate]

Year 12 high school student here, but my ambition is set on Automated Theorem Proving. I wish to apply it to, of course, mathematics and computer science, and maybe if possible other applied subjects ...
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### Framework or tools to generate theorem prover/solver/reasoner for new logic

I have new logic which has syntax and semantics in usual natural languages and I have to create theorem prover/solver/reasoner for this logic. Is there framework or tool set that can generate such ...
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### How to reduce constrained proofs to 0-1 IP

Consider the following problem: Can $X$ be proven in fewer than $Y$ steps, from axioms $Z$, with finitely many transition rules $\tau$? This lies in $NP$, since if I supply a proof $M$, and ...
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### How did 'Isabelle' (the theorem prover) get its name?

The title says it all, but I'm curious because it isn't obvious how a theorem prover came to be named 'Isabelle'. Was it named for a person? I couldn't find out by some Google searches.
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### Why do presenttations of proof systems in logic and automated reasoning not include the algorithm that finds proofs?

Is is that a common way to present a proof system in the field of Logic and Automated Reasoning is to present a system of inference rules, without having to formally describe a particular algorithm or ...
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### Derivation of implicational propositional axioms

Is there a way to subtract and add properties of axioms to generate new axioms? For example: {L} = {P S K} // natural deduction {P S K} = {P H K I} // natural deduction {S K} = {?} // constructive ...
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### How can I check constraints on my state machine behaviour?

My background is fairly practical rather than theoretical, so this question may be a bit basic. I have a state machine with events, and events may optionally trigger action functions to be called as ...
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### What happens to uninterpreted predicates in Ackermann's reduction?

I know the procedure to apply the Ackermann's reduction to a formula that doesn't involve uninterpreted predicates. But, how do we treat the uninterpreted boolean predicates? Nearly all the examples I ...
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### sets of axioms for LADR automated theorem provers

I am pretty new to ATP, but I'm really enjoying playing around with prover9. I have found a nice set of axioms for basic information-theoretic proofs here, I was wondering if there are some ...
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### Why is automated theorem proving impossible?

As far I know, in general case there is no Turing machine which could get any theorem on its input and produce its proof on its output. Why is it so?
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### Automated theorem proving with SAT

If you had a polynomial time algorithm for determining boolean satisfiability how would you prove/disprove a conjecture like the Reimann-Zeta hypothesis (or the Pythagorean theorem for that matter) ...
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### Euclidean Algorithm in Coq

Question How do I write more intuitive proofs of the two following results in Coq? ...
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### Theorem Proofs in Coq

Background I am learning assistance, Coq, on my own. So far, I have completed reading Yves Bertot's Coq in a Hurry. Now, my goal is to prove some basic results concerning the natural numbers, ...
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### What is the difference between “definition” and “inductive” in Coq?

In Coq, you can use two different kinds of keywords to do definitions--Inductive and Definition. I do not understand the difference between an inductive and a definition, or when it is appropriate to ...
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### Why do some inference engines need human assistance while others don't?

I am learning Automated Theorem Proving / SMT solvers / Proof Assistants by myself and post a series of questions about the process, starting here. Why is it that automated theorem provers, i.e. ACL2,...
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### Equivalence of NFA and DFA - proof by construction

I was looking at the construction proof showing the equivalence of NFA and DFA from Sipser's text. It started by taking number of states of DFA as $\mathcal{P}(Q)$, where $\mathcal{P}(Q)$ is the set ...
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### Distinct variables for different clauses

In resolution theorem proving, it is normally assumed variables in different clauses are distinct. This is not something that happens automatically; it requires significant extra code and computation ...
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### Redundancy elimination in the superposition calculus

When proving theorems with the superposition calculus, we deal with three kinds of rules: Generating rules: from pair of clauses A and B, generate new clause C while keeping the original pair, e.g. ...