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OTTER 3.3 Reference Manual
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Short Single Axioms for Boolean Algebra
 J. Automated Reasoning
, 2002
"... We present short single equational axioms for Boolean algebra in terms of disjunction and negation and in terms of the Sheffer stroke. Previously known single axioms for these theories are much longer than the ones we present. We show that there is no shorter axiom in terms of the Sheffer stroke tha ..."
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We present short single equational axioms for Boolean algebra in terms of disjunction and negation and in terms of the Sheffer stroke. Previously known single axioms for these theories are much longer than the ones we present. We show that there is no shorter axiom in terms of the Sheffer stroke than the ones we present. Automated deduction techniques were used for several different aspects of the work. Keywords: Boolean algebra, Sheffer stroke, single axiom 1. Background and
Towards Selfverification of HOL Light
 In International Joint Conference on Automated Reasoning
, 2006
"... Abstract. The HOL Light prover is based on a logical kernel consisting of about 400 lines of mostly functional OCaml, whose complete formal verification seems to be quite feasible. We would like to formally verify (i) that the abstract HOL logic is indeed correct, and (ii) that the OCaml code does c ..."
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Abstract. The HOL Light prover is based on a logical kernel consisting of about 400 lines of mostly functional OCaml, whose complete formal verification seems to be quite feasible. We would like to formally verify (i) that the abstract HOL logic is indeed correct, and (ii) that the OCaml code does correctly implement this logic. We have performed a full verification of an imperfect but quite detailed model of the basic HOL Light core, without definitional mechanisms, and this verification is entirely conducted with respect to a settheoretic semantics within HOL Light itself. We will duly explain why the obvious logical and pragmatic difficulties do not vitiate this approach, even though it looks impossible or useless at first sight. Extension to include definitional mechanisms seems straightforward enough, and the results so far allay most of our practical worries. 1 Introduction: quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Mathematical proofs are subjected to peer review before publication, but there
Semantic Derivation Verification
 International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools
"... Automated Theorem Proving (ATP) systems are complex pieces of software, and thus may have bugs that make them unsound. In order to guard against such unsoundness, the derivations output by an ATP system may be semantically verified by a trusted system that checks the required semantic properties of ..."
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Automated Theorem Proving (ATP) systems are complex pieces of software, and thus may have bugs that make them unsound. In order to guard against such unsoundness, the derivations output by an ATP system may be semantically verified by a trusted system that checks the required semantic properties of each inference step. Such verification may need to be augmented by structural verification that checks that inferences have been used correctly in the context of the overall derivation. This paper describes techniques for semantic verification of derivations, and reports on their implementation in the DVDV verifier. 1.
Formal proofs about rewriting using ACL2
 Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence
, 2002
"... We present an application of the ACL2 theorem prover to reason about rewrite systems theory. We describe the formalization and representation aspects of our work using the firstorder, quantifierfree logic of ACL2 and we sketch some of the main points of the proof effort. First, we present a formali ..."
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We present an application of the ACL2 theorem prover to reason about rewrite systems theory. We describe the formalization and representation aspects of our work using the firstorder, quantifierfree logic of ACL2 and we sketch some of the main points of the proof effort. First, we present a formalization of abstract reduction systems and then we show how this abstraction can be instantiated to establish results about term rewriting. The main theorems we mechanically proved are Newman’s lemma (for abstract reductions) and Knuth–Bendix critical pair theorem (for term rewriting).
Integrating External Deduction Tools with ACL2
 Sutcliffe (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Implementation of Logics (IWIL 2006
, 2006
"... We present an interface connecting the ACL2 theorem prover with external deduction tools. The logic of ACL2 contains several constructs intended to facilitate structuring of interactive proof development, which complicates the design of such an interface. We discuss some of these complexities and de ..."
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We present an interface connecting the ACL2 theorem prover with external deduction tools. The logic of ACL2 contains several constructs intended to facilitate structuring of interactive proof development, which complicates the design of such an interface. We discuss some of these complexities and develop a precise specification of the requirements from external tools for sound connection with ACL2. We also develop constructs within ACL2 to enable the developers of external tools to satisfy our specifications. 1
Practical Proof Checking for Program Certification
 Proceedings of the CADE20 Workshop on Empirically Successful Classical Automated Reasoning (ESCAR’05
, 2005
"... Program certification aims to provide explicit evidence that a program meets a specified level of safety. This evidence must be independently reproducible and verifiable. We have developed a system, based on theorem proving, that generates proofs that autogenerated aerospace code adheres to a numbe ..."
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Program certification aims to provide explicit evidence that a program meets a specified level of safety. This evidence must be independently reproducible and verifiable. We have developed a system, based on theorem proving, that generates proofs that autogenerated aerospace code adheres to a number of safety policies. For certification purposes, these proofs need to be verified by a proof checker. Here, we describe and evaluate a semantic derivation verification approach to proof checking. The evaluation is based on 109 safety obligations that are attempted by EP and SPASS. Our system is able to verify 129 out of the 131 proofs found by the two provers. The majority of the proofs are checked completely in less than 15 seconds wall clock time. This shows that the proof checking task arising from a substantial prover application is practically tractable. 1
System Description: IVY
 In Proc. 17th CADE, LNAI 1831
, 2000
"... . IVY is a verified theorem prover for firstorder logic with equality. It is coded in ACL2, and it makes calls to the theorem prover Otter to search for proofs and to the program MACE to search for countermodels. Verifications of Otter and MACE are not practical because they are coded in C. Ins ..."
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. IVY is a verified theorem prover for firstorder logic with equality. It is coded in ACL2, and it makes calls to the theorem prover Otter to search for proofs and to the program MACE to search for countermodels. Verifications of Otter and MACE are not practical because they are coded in C. Instead, Otter and MACE give detailed proofs and models that are checked by verified ACL2 programs. In addition, the initial conversion to clause form is done by verified ACL2 code. The verification is done with respect to finite interpretations. 1 Introduction Our theorem provers Otter [6, 7, 10] and EQP [4, 8] and our model searcher MACE [3, 5] are being used for practical work in several areas. Therefore, we wish to have very high confidence that the proofs and models they produce are correct. However, these are highperformance programs, coded in C, with many tricks, hacks, and optimizations, so formal verification of the programs is not practical. Instead, our approach is to have the...
Short equational bases for ortholattices
 Preprint ANL/MCSP10870903, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
, 2004
"... Short single axioms for ortholattices, orthomodular lattices, and modular ortholattices are presented, all in terms of the Sheffer stroke. The ortholattice axiom is the shortest possible. Other equational bases in terms of the Sheffer stroke and in terms of join, meet, and complement are presented. ..."
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Short single axioms for ortholattices, orthomodular lattices, and modular ortholattices are presented, all in terms of the Sheffer stroke. The ortholattice axiom is the shortest possible. Other equational bases in terms of the Sheffer stroke and in terms of join, meet, and complement are presented. Proofs are omitted but are available in an associated technical report. Computers were used extensively to find candidates, reject candidates, and search for proofs that candidates are single axioms. The notion of computer proof is addressed. 1
A mechanized program verifier
 In IFIP Working Conference on the Program Verifier Challenge
, 2005
"... Abstract. In my view, the “verification problem ” is the theorem proving problem, restricted to a computational logic. My approach is: adopt a functional programming language, build a general purpose formal reasoning engine around it, integrate it into a program and proof development environment, an ..."
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Abstract. In my view, the “verification problem ” is the theorem proving problem, restricted to a computational logic. My approach is: adopt a functional programming language, build a general purpose formal reasoning engine around it, integrate it into a program and proof development environment, and apply it to model and verify a wide variety of computing artifacts, usually modeled operationally within the functional programming language. Everything done in this approach is software verification since the models are runnable programs in a subset of an ANSI standard programming language (Common Lisp). But this approach is of interest to proponents of other approaches (e.g., verification of procedural programs or synthesis) because of the nature of the mathematics of computing. I summarize the progress so far using this approach, sketch the key research challenges ahead and describe my vision of the role and shape of a useful verification system. 1