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A Science of Reasoning
, 1991
"... This paper addresses the question of how we can understand reasoning in general and mathematical proofs in particular. It argues the need for a highlevel understanding of proofs to complement the lowlevel understanding provided by Logic. It proposes a role for computation in providing this high ..."
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This paper addresses the question of how we can understand reasoning in general and mathematical proofs in particular. It argues the need for a highlevel understanding of proofs to complement the lowlevel understanding provided by Logic. It proposes a role for computation in providing this highlevel understanding, namely by the association of proof plans with proofs. Proof plans are defined and examples are given for two families of proofs. Criteria are given for assessing the association of a proof plan with a proof. 1 Motivation: the understanding of mathematical proofs The understanding of reasoning has interested researchers since, at least, Aristotle. Logic has been proposed by Aristotle, Boole, Frege and others as a way of formalising arguments and understanding their structure. There have also been psychological studies of how people and animals actually do reason. The work on Logic has been especially influential in the automation of reasoning. For instance, resolution...
Metatheory and Reflection in Theorem Proving: A Survey and Critique
, 1995
"... One way to ensure correctness of the inference performed by computer theorem provers is to force all proofs to be done step by step in a simple, more or less traditional, deductive system. Using techniques pioneered in Edinburgh LCF, this can be made palatable. However, some believe such an appro ..."
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One way to ensure correctness of the inference performed by computer theorem provers is to force all proofs to be done step by step in a simple, more or less traditional, deductive system. Using techniques pioneered in Edinburgh LCF, this can be made palatable. However, some believe such an approach will never be efficient enough for large, complex proofs. One alternative, commonly called reflection, is to analyze proofs using a second layer of logic, a metalogic, and so justify abbreviating or simplifying proofs, making the kinds of shortcuts humans often do or appealing to specialized decision algorithms. In this paper we contrast the fullyexpansive LCF approach with the use of reflection. We put forward arguments to suggest that the inadequacy of the LCF approach has not been adequately demonstrated, and neither has the practical utility of reflection (notwithstanding its undoubted intellectual interest). The LCF system with which we are most concerned is the HOL proof ...
System Description: Proof Planning in HigherOrder Logic with
 15th International Conference on Automated Deduction, volume 1421 of Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
, 1998
"... Introduction Proof planning [4] is an approach to theorem proving which encodes heuristics for constructing mathematical proofs in a metatheory of methods. The Clam system, developed at Edinburgh [3], has been used for several years to develop proof planning, in particular proof plans for induction ..."
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Introduction Proof planning [4] is an approach to theorem proving which encodes heuristics for constructing mathematical proofs in a metatheory of methods. The Clam system, developed at Edinburgh [3], has been used for several years to develop proof planning, in particular proof plans for induction. It has become clear that many of the theoremproving tasks that we would like to perform are naturally higherorder. For example, an important technique called middleout reasoning [6] uses metavariables to stand for some unknown objects in a proof, to be instantiated as the proof proceeds. Domains such as the synthesis and verification of software and hardware systems, and techniques such as proof critics [7], benefit greatly from such middleout reasoning. Since in these domains the metavariables often become instantiated with terms of function type, reasoning with them is naturally higherorder, and higherorder unification is a
The Use of Planning Critics in Mechanizing Inductive Proofs
 International Conference on Logic Programming and Automated Reasoning  LPAR 92, St. Petersburg, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence No. 624
, 1992
"... Proof plans provide a technique for guiding the search for a proof in the context of tactical style reasoning. We propose an extension to this technique in which failure may be exploited in the search for a proof. This extension is based upon the concept of planning critics. In particular we ill ..."
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Proof plans provide a technique for guiding the search for a proof in the context of tactical style reasoning. We propose an extension to this technique in which failure may be exploited in the search for a proof. This extension is based upon the concept of planning critics. In particular we illustrate how proof critics may be used to patch proof plans in the domain of inductive proofs. 1 Introduction Proof plans [Bundy 88] guide the search for a proof in the context of tactical style reasoning [Gordon et al 79]. A proof plan contains a tactic together with a proof rationale. The tactic component specifies the lowlevel structure of a proof in terms of the objectlevel logic inference rules and is used to control the theorem prover. In contrast, the proof rationale, which is expressed in a metalogic, captures the highlevel structure of a proof. Proof plans are constructed from tactic specifications called methods. Using the metalogic, a method expresses the preconditions unde...
Proof Planning with Multiple Strategies
 In Proc. of the First International Conference on Computational Logic
, 2000
"... . Humans have different problem solving strategies at their disposal and they can flexibly employ several strategies when solving a complex problem, whereas previous theorem proving and planning systems typically employ a single strategy or a hard coded combination of a few strategies. We introd ..."
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. Humans have different problem solving strategies at their disposal and they can flexibly employ several strategies when solving a complex problem, whereas previous theorem proving and planning systems typically employ a single strategy or a hard coded combination of a few strategies. We introduce multistrategy proof planning that allows for combining a number of strategies and for switching flexibly between strategies in a proof planning process. Thereby proof planning becomes more robust since it does not necessarily fail if one problem solving mechanism fails. Rather it can reason about preference of strategies and about failures. Moreover, our strategies provide a means for structuring the vast amount of knowledge such that the planner can cope with the otherwise overwhelming knowledge in mathematics. 1 Introduction The choice of an appropriate problem solving strategy is a crucial human skill and is typically guided by some metalevel reasoning. Trained mathematicia...
A generic tableau prover and its integration with Isabelle
 Journal of Universal Computer Science
, 1999
"... Abstract: A generic tableau prover has been implemented and integrated with Isabelle [Paulson, 1994]. Compared with classical rstorder logic provers, it has numerous extensions that allow it to reason with any supplied set of tableau rules. It has a higherorder syntax in order to support userde ne ..."
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Abstract: A generic tableau prover has been implemented and integrated with Isabelle [Paulson, 1994]. Compared with classical rstorder logic provers, it has numerous extensions that allow it to reason with any supplied set of tableau rules. It has a higherorder syntax in order to support userde ned binding operators, such as those of set theory. The uni cation algorithm is rstorder instead of higherorder, but it includes modi cations to handle bound variables. The proof, when found, is returned to Isabelle as a list of tactics. Because Isabelle veri es the proof, the prover can cut corners for e ciency's sake without compromising soundness. For example, the prover can use type information to guide the search without storing type information in full. Categories: F.4, I.1
Logic Program Synthesis
, 1993
"... This paper presents an overview and a survey of logic program synthesis. Logic program synthesis is interpreted here in a broad way; it is concerned with the following question: given a specification, how do we get a logic program satisfying the specification? Logic programming provides a uniquely n ..."
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This paper presents an overview and a survey of logic program synthesis. Logic program synthesis is interpreted here in a broad way; it is concerned with the following question: given a specification, how do we get a logic program satisfying the specification? Logic programming provides a uniquely nice and uniform framework for program synthesis since the specification, the synthesis process and the resulting program can all be expressed in logic. Three main approaches to logic program synthesis by formal methods are described: constructive synthesis, deductive synthesis and inductive synthesis. Related issues such as correctness and verification as well as synthesis by informal methods are briefly presented. Our presentation is made coherent by employing a unified framework of terminology and notation, and by using the same running example for all the approaches covered. This paper thus intends to provide an assessment of existing work and a framework for future research in logic program synthesis.
A Calculus for and Termination of Rippling
 Journal of Automated Reasoning
, 1996
"... . Rippling is a type of rewriting developed for inductive theorem proving that uses annotations to direct search. Rippling has many desirable properties: for example, it is highly goal directed, usually involves little search, and always terminates. In this paper we give a new and more general forma ..."
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. Rippling is a type of rewriting developed for inductive theorem proving that uses annotations to direct search. Rippling has many desirable properties: for example, it is highly goal directed, usually involves little search, and always terminates. In this paper we give a new and more general formalization of rippling. We introduce a simple calculus for rewriting annotated terms, close in spirit to firstorder rewriting, and prove that it has the formal properties desired of rippling. Next we develop criteria for proving the termination of such annotated rewriting, and introduce orders on annotated terms that lead to termination. In addition, we show how to make rippling more flexible by adapting the termination orders to the problem domain. Our work has practical as well as theoretical advantages: it has led to a very simple implementation of rippling that has been integrated in the Edinburgh CLAM system. Key words: Mathematical Induction, Inductive Theorem Proving, Term Rewriting. ...