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Automating the Meta Theory of Deductive Systems
, 2000
"... not be interpreted as representing the o cial policies, either expressed or implied, of NSF or the U.S. Government. This thesis describes the design of a metalogical framework that supports the representation and veri cation of deductive systems, its implementation as an automated theorem prover, a ..."
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not be interpreted as representing the o cial policies, either expressed or implied, of NSF or the U.S. Government. This thesis describes the design of a metalogical framework that supports the representation and veri cation of deductive systems, its implementation as an automated theorem prover, and experimental results related to the areas of programming languages, type theory, and logics. Design: The metalogical framework extends the logical framework LF [HHP93] by a metalogic M + 2. This design is novel and unique since it allows higherorder encodings of deductive systems and induction principles to coexist. On the one hand, higherorder representation techniques lead to concise and direct encodings of programming languages and logic calculi. Inductive de nitions on the other hand allow the formalization of properties about deductive systems, such as the proof that an operational semantics preserves types or the proof that a logic is is a proof calculus whose proof terms are recursive functions that may be consistent.M +
A Coverage Checking Algorithm for LF
, 2003
"... Coverage checking is the problem of deciding whether any closed term of a given type is an instance of at least one of a given set of patterns. It can be used to verify if a function defined by pattern matching covers all possible cases. This problem has a straightforward solution for the first ..."
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Coverage checking is the problem of deciding whether any closed term of a given type is an instance of at least one of a given set of patterns. It can be used to verify if a function defined by pattern matching covers all possible cases. This problem has a straightforward solution for the firstorder, simplytyped case, but is in general undecidable in the presence of dependent types. In this paper we present a terminating algorithm for verifying coverage of higherorder, dependently typed patterns.
Automated Theorem Proving in a Simple MetaLogic for LF
 PROCEEDINGS OF THE 15TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AUTOMATED DEDUCTION (CADE15
, 1998
"... Higherorder representation techniques allow elegant encodings of logics and programming languages in the logical framework LF, but unfortunately they are fundamentally incompatible with induction principles needed to reason about them. In this paper we develop a metalogic M_2 which allows i ..."
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Higherorder representation techniques allow elegant encodings of logics and programming languages in the logical framework LF, but unfortunately they are fundamentally incompatible with induction principles needed to reason about them. In this paper we develop a metalogic M_2 which allows inductive reasoning over LF encodings, and describe its implementation in Twelf, a specialpurpose automated theorem prover for properties of logics and programming languages. We have used Twelf to automatically prove a number of nontrivial theorems, including type preservation for MiniML and the deduction theorem for intuitionistic propositional logic.
Least and greatest fixed points in linear logic Extended Version
, 2007
"... david.baelde at enslyon.org dale.miller at inria.fr Abstract. The firstorder theory of MALL (multiplicative, additive linear logic) over only equalities is an interesting but weak logic since it cannot capture unbounded (infinite) behavior. Instead of accounting for unbounded behavior via the addi ..."
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david.baelde at enslyon.org dale.miller at inria.fr Abstract. The firstorder theory of MALL (multiplicative, additive linear logic) over only equalities is an interesting but weak logic since it cannot capture unbounded (infinite) behavior. Instead of accounting for unbounded behavior via the addition of the exponentials (! and?), we add least and greatest fixed point operators. The resulting logic, which we call µMALL = , satisfies two fundamental proof theoretic properties. In particular, µMALL = satisfies cutelimination, which implies consistency, and has a complete focused proof system. This second result about focused proofs provides a strong normal form for cutfree proof structures that can be used, for example, to help automate proof search. We then consider applying these two results about µMALL = to derive a focused proof system for an intuitionistic logic extended with induction and coinduction. The traditional approach to encoding intuitionistic logic into linear logic relies heavily on using the exponentials, which unfortunately weaken the focusing discipline. We get a better focused proof system by observing that certain fixed points satisfy the structural rules of weakening and contraction (without using exponentials). The resulting focused proof system for intuitionistic logic is closely related to the one implemented in Bedwyr, a recent model checker based on logic programming. We discuss how our proof theory might be used to build a computational system that can partially automate induction and coinduction. 1
Encoding Transition Systems in Sequent Calculus
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1996
"... Intuitionistic and linear logics can be used to specify the operational semantics of transition systems in various ways. We consider here two encodings: one uses linear logic and maps states of the transition system into formulas, and the other uses intuitionistic logic and maps states into terms. I ..."
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Intuitionistic and linear logics can be used to specify the operational semantics of transition systems in various ways. We consider here two encodings: one uses linear logic and maps states of the transition system into formulas, and the other uses intuitionistic logic and maps states into terms. In both cases, it is possible to relate transition paths to proofs in sequent calculus. In neither encoding, however, does it seem possible to capture properties, such as simulation and bisimulation, that need to consider all possible transitions or all possible computation paths. We consider augmenting both intuitionistic and linear logics with a proof theoretical treatment of definitions. In both cases, this addition allows proving various judgments concerning simulation and bisimulation (especially for noetherian transition systems). We also explore the use of infinite proofs to reason about infinite sequences of transitions. Finally, combining definitions and induction into sequent calculus proofs makes it possible to reason more richly about properties of transition systems completely within the formal setting of sequent calculus.
Induction and coinduction in sequent calculus
 Postproceedings of TYPES 2003, number 3085 in LNCS
, 2003
"... Abstract. Proof search has been used to specify a wide range of computation systems. In order to build a framework for reasoning about such specifications, we make use of a sequent calculus involving induction and coinduction. These proof principles are based on a proof theoretic (rather than sett ..."
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Abstract. Proof search has been used to specify a wide range of computation systems. In order to build a framework for reasoning about such specifications, we make use of a sequent calculus involving induction and coinduction. These proof principles are based on a proof theoretic (rather than settheoretic) notion of definition [13, 20, 25, 51]. Definitions are akin to (stratified) logic programs, where the left and right rules for defined atoms allow one to view theories as “closed ” or defining fixed points. The use of definitions makes it possible to reason intensionally about syntax, in particular enforcing free equality via unification. We add in a consistent way rules for pre and post fixed points, thus allowing the user to reason inductively and coinductively about properties of computational system making full use of higherorder abstract syntax. Consistency is guaranteed via cutelimination, where we give the first, to our knowledge, cutelimination procedure in the presence of general inductive and coinductive definitions. 1
A Proof Search Specification of the πCalculus
 IN 3RD WORKSHOP ON THE FOUNDATIONS OF GLOBAL UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING
, 2004
"... We present a metalogic that contains a new quantifier (for encoding "generic judgment") and inference rules for reasoning within fixed points of a given specification. We then specify the operational semantics and bisimulation relations for the finite πcalculus within this metalogic. Since we ..."
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We present a metalogic that contains a new quantifier (for encoding "generic judgment") and inference rules for reasoning within fixed points of a given specification. We then specify the operational semantics and bisimulation relations for the finite πcalculus within this metalogic. Since we
The Bedwyr system for model checking over syntactic expressions
 21th Conference on Automated Deduction, LNAI 4603, 391–397
, 2007
"... Bedwyr is a generalization of logic programming that allows model checking directly on syntactic expressions possibly containing bindings. This system, written in OCaml, is a direct implementation of two recent advances in the theory of proof search. The first is centered on the fact that both finit ..."
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Bedwyr is a generalization of logic programming that allows model checking directly on syntactic expressions possibly containing bindings. This system, written in OCaml, is a direct implementation of two recent advances in the theory of proof search. The first is centered on the fact that both finite success and finite failure can be captured in the sequent calculus by incorporating inference rules for definitions that allow fixed points to be explored. As a result, proof search in such a sequent calculus can capture simple model checking problems as well as may and must behavior in operational semantics. The second is that higherorder abstract syntax is directly supported using termlevel λbinders and the quantifier known as ∇. These features allow reasoning directly on expressions containing bound variables. 2
Model checking for πcalculus using proof search
 CONCUR, volume 3653 of LNCS
, 2005
"... Abstract. Model checking for transition systems specified in πcalculus has been a difficult problem due to the infinitebranching nature of input prefix, namerestriction and scope extrusion. We propose here an approach to model checking for πcalculus by encoding it into a logic which supports rea ..."
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Abstract. Model checking for transition systems specified in πcalculus has been a difficult problem due to the infinitebranching nature of input prefix, namerestriction and scope extrusion. We propose here an approach to model checking for πcalculus by encoding it into a logic which supports reasoning about bindings and fixed points. This logic, called F Oλ ∆ ∇ , is a conservative extension of Church’s Simple Theory of Types with a “generic ” quantifier. By encoding judgments about transitions in picalculus into this logic, various conditions on the scoping of names and restrictions on name instantiations are captured naturally by the quantification theory of the logic. Moreover, standard implementation techniques for (higherorder) logic programming are applicable for implementing proof search for this logic, as illustrated in a prototype implementation discussed in this paper. The use of logic variables and eigenvariables in the implementation allows for exploring the state space of processes in a symbolic way. Compositionality of properties of the transitions is a simple consequence of the meta theory of the logic (i.e., cut elimination). We illustrate the benefits of specifying systems in this logic by studying several specifications of modal logics for picalculus. These specifications are also executable directly in the prototype implementation of F Oλ ∆ ∇. 1
Combining generic judgments with recursive definitions
 in "23th Symp. on Logic in Computer Science", F. PFENNING (editor), IEEE Computer Society Press, 2008, p. 33–44, http://www.lix.polytechnique.fr/Labo/Dale.Miller/papers/lics08a.pdf US
"... Many semantical aspects of programming languages are specified through calculi for constructing proofs: consider, for example, the specification of structured operational semantics, labeled transition systems, and typing systems. Recent proof theory research has identified two features that allow di ..."
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Many semantical aspects of programming languages are specified through calculi for constructing proofs: consider, for example, the specification of structured operational semantics, labeled transition systems, and typing systems. Recent proof theory research has identified two features that allow direct, logicbased reasoning about such descriptions: the treatment of atomic judgments as fixed points (recursive definitions) and an encoding of binding constructs via generic judgments. However, the logics encompassing these two features have thus far treated them orthogonally. In particular, they have not contained the ability to form definitions of objectlogic properties that themselves depend on an intrinsic treatment of binding. We propose a new and simple integration of these features within an intuitionistic logic enhanced with induction over natural numbers and we show that the resulting logic is consistent. The pivotal part of the integration allows recursive definitions to define generic judgments in general and not just the simpler atomic judgments that are traditionally allowed. The usefulness of this logic is illustrated by showing how it can provide elegant treatments of objectlogic contexts that appear in proofs involving typing calculi and arbitrarily cascading substitutions in reducibility arguments.