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A Practical Module System for LF
"... Module systems for proof assistants provide administrative support for large developments when mechanizing the metatheory of programming languages and logics. In this paper we describe a module system for the logical framework LF. It is based on two main primitives: signatures and signature morph ..."
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Module systems for proof assistants provide administrative support for large developments when mechanizing the metatheory of programming languages and logics. In this paper we describe a module system for the logical framework LF. It is based on two main primitives: signatures and signature morphisms, which provide a semantically transparent module level and permit to represent logic translations as homomorphisms. Modular LF is a conservative extension over LF, and defines an elaboration of modular into core LF signatures. We have implemented our design in the Twelf system and used it to modularize large parts of the Twelf example library.
Modular Reasoning in Isabelle
, 1999
"... The concept of locales for Isabelle enables local definition and assumption for interactive mechanical proofs. Furthermore, dependent types are constructed in Isabelle/HOL for first class representation of structure. These two concepts are introduced briefly. Although each of them has proved use ..."
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The concept of locales for Isabelle enables local definition and assumption for interactive mechanical proofs. Furthermore, dependent types are constructed in Isabelle/HOL for first class representation of structure. These two concepts are introduced briefly. Although each of them has proved useful in itself, their real power lies in combination. This paper illustrates by examples from abstract algebra how this combination works and argues that it enables modular reasoning.
A Proof Planning Framework for Isabelle
, 2005
"... Proof planning is a paradigm for the automation of proof that focuses on encoding intelligence to guide the proof process. The idea is to capture common patterns of reasoning which can be used to derive abstract descriptions of proofs known as proof plans. These can then be executed to provide fully ..."
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Proof planning is a paradigm for the automation of proof that focuses on encoding intelligence to guide the proof process. The idea is to capture common patterns of reasoning which can be used to derive abstract descriptions of proofs known as proof plans. These can then be executed to provide fully formal proofs. This thesis concerns the development and analysis of a novel approach to proof planning that focuses on an explicit representation of choices during search. We embody our approach as a proof planner for the generic proof assistant Isabelle and use the Isar language, which is humanreadable and machinecheckable, to represent proof plans. Within this framework we develop an inductive theorem prover as a case study of our approach to proof planning. Our prover uses the difference reduction heuristic known as rippling to automate the step cases of the inductive proofs. The development of a flexible approach to rippling that supports its various modifications and extensions is the second major focus of this thesis. Here, our inductive theorem prover provides a context in which to evaluate rippling experimentally. This work results in an efficient and powerful inductive theorem prover for Isabelle as well as proposals for further improving the efficiency of rippling. We also draw observations in order
Context aware calculation and deduction  Ring equalities via Gröbner Bases in Isabelle
 TOWARDS MECHANIZED MATHEMATICAL ASSISTANTS (CALCULEMUS AND MKM 2007), LNAI
, 2007
"... We address some aspects of a proposed system architecture for mathematical assistants, integrating calculations and deductions by common infrastructure within the Isabelle theorem proving environment. Here calculations may refer to arbitrary extralogical mechanisms, operating on the syntactic struc ..."
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We address some aspects of a proposed system architecture for mathematical assistants, integrating calculations and deductions by common infrastructure within the Isabelle theorem proving environment. Here calculations may refer to arbitrary extralogical mechanisms, operating on the syntactic structure of logical statements. Deductions are devoid of any computational content, but driven by procedures external to the logic, following to the traditional “LCF system approach”. The latter is extended towards explicit dependency on abstract theory contexts, with separate mechanisms to interpret both logical and extralogical content uniformly. Thus we are able to implement proof methods that operate on abstract theories and a range of particular theory interpretations. Our approach is demonstrated in Isabelle/HOL by a proofprocedure for generic ring equalities via Gröbner Bases.
Structured Formal Development in Isabelle
 NORDIC JOURNAL OF COMPUTING
, 2006
"... General purpose theorem provers provide advanced facilities for proving properties about specifications, and may therefore be a valuable tool in formal program development. However, these provers generally lack many of the useful structuring mechanisms found in functional programming or specificatio ..."
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General purpose theorem provers provide advanced facilities for proving properties about specifications, and may therefore be a valuable tool in formal program development. However, these provers generally lack many of the useful structuring mechanisms found in functional programming or specification languages. This paper presents a constructive approach to adding theory morphisms and parametrisation to theorem provers, while preserving the proof support and consistency of the prover. The approach is implemented in Isabelle and illustrated by examples of an algorithm design rule and of the modular development of computational effects for imperative language features based on monads.
Locales: a Module System for Mathematical Theories
"... Locales are a module system for managing theory hierarchies in a theorem prover through theory interpretation. They are available for the theorem prover Isabelle. In this paper, their semantics is defined in terms of local theories and morphisms. Locales aim at providing flexible means of extension ..."
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Locales are a module system for managing theory hierarchies in a theorem prover through theory interpretation. They are available for the theorem prover Isabelle. In this paper, their semantics is defined in terms of local theories and morphisms. Locales aim at providing flexible means of extension and reuse. Theory modules (which are called locales) may be extended by definitions and theorems. Interpretation to Isabelle’s global theories and proof contexts is possible via morphisms. Even the locale hierarchy may be changed if declared relations between locales do not adequately reflect logical relations, which are implied by the locales’ specifications. By discussing their design and relating it to more commonly known structuring mechanisms of programming languages and provers, locales are made accessible to a wider audience beyond the users of Isabelle. The discussed mechanisms include MLstyle functors, type classes and mixins (the latter are found in modern objectoriented languages). 1
HOLCF ’11: A Definitional Domain Theory for Verifying Functional Programs
, 2012
"... HOLCF is an interactive theorem proving system that uses the mathematics of domain theory to reason about programs written in functional programming languages. This thesis introduces HOLCF ’11, a thoroughly revised and extended version of HOLCF that advances the state of the art in program verificat ..."
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HOLCF is an interactive theorem proving system that uses the mathematics of domain theory to reason about programs written in functional programming languages. This thesis introduces HOLCF ’11, a thoroughly revised and extended version of HOLCF that advances the state of the art in program verification: HOLCF ’11 can reason about many program definitions that are beyond the scope of other formal proof tools, while providing a high degree of proof automation. The soundness of the system is ensured by adhering to a definitional approach: New constants and types are defined in terms of previous concepts, without introducing new axioms. Major features of HOLCF ’11 include two highlevel definition packages: the Fixrec package for defining recursive functions, and the Domain package for defining recursive datatypes. Each of these uses the domaintheoretic concept of least fixed points to translate usersupplied recursive specifications into safe lowlevel definitions. Together, these tools make it easy for users to translate a wide variety of functional programs into the formalism of HOLCF. Theorems generated by the tools also make it easy for users to reason about their programs, with a very high level of confidence in the soundness of the results. As a case study, we present a fully mechanized verification of a model of concurrency based on powerdomains. The formalization depends on many features unique to HOLCF ’11, and is the first verification of such a model in a formal proof tool. ii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would like to thank my advisor, John Matthews, for having continued to devote so much time to working with me, even as a parttime professor; and for motivating me to keep studying domain theory (and enjoying it!) these past years. iii
Contributions to the Theory of Syntax with Bindings and to Process Algebra
, 2010
"... We develop a theory of syntax with bindings, focusing on: methodological issues concerning the convenient representation of syntax; techniques for recursive definitions and inductive reasoning. Our approach consists of a combination of FOAS (FirstOrder Abstract Syntax) and HOAS (HigherOrder Abst ..."
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We develop a theory of syntax with bindings, focusing on: methodological issues concerning the convenient representation of syntax; techniques for recursive definitions and inductive reasoning. Our approach consists of a combination of FOAS (FirstOrder Abstract Syntax) and HOAS (HigherOrder Abstract Syntax) and tries to take advantage of the best of both worlds. The connection between FOAS and HOAS follows some general patterns and is presented as a (formally certified) statement of adequacy. We also develop a general technique for proving bisimilarity in process algebra Our technique, presented as a formal proof system, is applicable to a wide range of process algebras. The proof system is incremental, in that it allows building incrementally an a priori unknown bisimulation, and patternbased, in that it works on equalities of process patterns (i.e., universally quantified equations of process terms containing process variables), thus taking advantage of equational reasoning in a “circular ” manner, inside coinductive proof loops. All the work presented here has been formalized in the Isabelle theorem prover. The formalization is performed in a general setting: arbitrary manysorted syntax with bindings and arbitrary SOSspecified process algebra in de Simone format. The usefulness of our techniques is illustrated by several formalized case studies: a development of callbyname and callbyvalue λcalculus with constants, including ChurchRosser theorems, connection with de Bruijn representation, connection with other Isabelle formalizations, HOAS representation, and contituationpassingstyle (CPS) transformation; a proof in HOAS of strong normalization for the polymorphic secondorder λcalculus (a.k.a. System F). We also indicate the outline and some details of the formal development. ii to Leili R. Marleene iii
Modular Structures as Dependent Types in Isabelle
, 1998
"... This paper describes a method of representing algebraic structures in the theorem prover Isabelle. We use Isabelle's higher order logic extended with set theoretic constructions. Dependent types, constructed as HOL sets, are used to represent modular structures by semantical embedding. The ..."
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This paper describes a method of representing algebraic structures in the theorem prover Isabelle. We use Isabelle's higher order logic extended with set theoretic constructions. Dependent types, constructed as HOL sets, are used to represent modular structures by semantical embedding. The modules remain first class citizen of the logic. Hence, they enable adequate formalization of abstract algebraic structures and a natural proof style. Application examples drawn from abstract algebra and lattice theory  the full version of Tarski's fixpoint theorem  validate the concept.
Incremental patternbased coinduction for process algebra and its Isabelle formalization
"... Abstract. We present a coinductive proof system for bisimilarity in transition systems specifiable in the de Simone SOS format. Our coinduction is incremental, in that it allows building incrementally an a priori unknown bisimulation, and patternbased, in that it works on equalities of process patt ..."
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Abstract. We present a coinductive proof system for bisimilarity in transition systems specifiable in the de Simone SOS format. Our coinduction is incremental, in that it allows building incrementally an a priori unknown bisimulation, and patternbased, in that it works on equalities of process patterns (i.e., universally quantified equations of process terms containing process variables), thus taking advantage of equational reasoning in a “circular ” manner, inside coinductive proof loops. The proof system has been formalized and proved sound in Isabelle/HOL. 1