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Elf: A Language for Logic Definition and Verified Metaprogramming
 In Fourth Annual Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
, 1989
"... We describe Elf, a metalanguage for proof manipulation environments that are independent of any particular logical system. Elf is intended for metaprograms such as theorem provers, proof transformers, or type inference programs for programming languages with complex type systems. Elf unifies logic ..."
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We describe Elf, a metalanguage for proof manipulation environments that are independent of any particular logical system. Elf is intended for metaprograms such as theorem provers, proof transformers, or type inference programs for programming languages with complex type systems. Elf unifies logic definition (in the style of LF, the Edinburgh Logical Framework) with logic programming (in the style of Prolog). It achieves this unification by giving types an operational interpretation, much the same way that Prolog gives certain formulas (Hornclauses) an operational interpretation. Novel features of Elf include: (1) the Elf search process automatically constructs terms that can represent objectlogic proofs, and thus a program need not construct them explicitly, (2) the partial correctness of metaprograms with respect to a given logic can be expressed and proved in Elf itself, and (3) Elf exploits Elliott's unification algorithm for a calculus with dependent types. This research was...
Implementing Tactics and Tacticals in a HigherOrder Logic Programming Language
 Journal of Automated Reasoning
, 1993
"... We argue that a logic programming language with a higherorder intuitionistic logic as its foundation can be used both to naturally specify and implement tactic style theorem provers. The language extends traditional logic programming languages by replacing firstorder terms with simplytyped terms ..."
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We argue that a logic programming language with a higherorder intuitionistic logic as its foundation can be used both to naturally specify and implement tactic style theorem provers. The language extends traditional logic programming languages by replacing firstorder terms with simplytyped terms, replacing firstorder unification with higherorder unification, and allowing implication and universal quantification in queries and the bodies of clauses. Inference rules for a variety of inference systems can be naturally specified in this language. The higherorder features of the language contribute to a concise specification of provisos concerning variable occurrences in formulas and the discharge of assumptions present in many inference systems. Tactics and tacticals, which provide a framework for highlevel control over search for proofs, can be directly and naturally implemented in the extended language. This framework serves as a starting point for implementing theorem provers an...
Metalogical Frameworks
, 1992
"... In computer science we speak of implementing a logic; this is done in a programming language, such as Lisp, called here the implementation language. We also reason about the logic, as in understanding how to search for proofs; these arguments are expressed in the metalanguage and conducted in the me ..."
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In computer science we speak of implementing a logic; this is done in a programming language, such as Lisp, called here the implementation language. We also reason about the logic, as in understanding how to search for proofs; these arguments are expressed in the metalanguage and conducted in the metalogic of the object language being implemented. We also reason about the implementation itself, say to know it is correct; this is done in a programming logic. How do all these logics relate? This paper considers that question and more. We show that by taking the view that the metalogic is primary, these other parts are related in standard ways. The metalogic should be suitably rich so that the object logic can be presented as an abstract data type, and it must be suitably computational (or constructive) so that an instance of that type is an implementation. The data type abstractly encodes all that is relevant for metareasoning, i.e., not only the term constructing functions but also the...
Specifying and Implementing Theorem Provers in a HigherOrder Logic Programming Language
, 1989
"... We argue that a logic programming language with a higherorder intuitionistic logic as its foundation can be used both to naturally specify and implement theorem provers. The language extends traditional logic programming languages by replacing firstorder terms with simplytyped λterms, replacing ..."
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We argue that a logic programming language with a higherorder intuitionistic logic as its foundation can be used both to naturally specify and implement theorem provers. The language extends traditional logic programming languages by replacing firstorder terms with simplytyped λterms, replacing firstorder unification with higherorder unification, and allowing implication and universal quantification in queries and the bodies of clauses. Inference rules for a variety of proof systems can be naturally specified in this language. The higherorder features of the language contribute to a concise specification of provisos concerning variable occurrences in formulas and the discharge of assumptions present in many proof systems. In addition, abstraction in metaterms allows the construction of terms representing object level proofs which capture the notions of abstractions found in many proof systems. The operational interpretations of the connectives of the language provide a set of basic search operations which describe goaldirected search for proofs. To emphasize the generality of the metalanguage, we compare it to another general specification language: the Logical Framework (LF). We describe a translation which compiles a specification of a logic in LF to a set of formulas of our metalanguage, and
Safe Programming with Pointers through Stateful Views
 In Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Practical Aspects of Declarative Languages
, 2005
"... The need for direct memory manipulation through pointers is essential in many applications. However, it is also commonly understood that the use (or probably misuse) of pointers is often a rich source of program errors. Therefore, approaches that can effectively enforce safe use of pointers in pr ..."
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The need for direct memory manipulation through pointers is essential in many applications. However, it is also commonly understood that the use (or probably misuse) of pointers is often a rich source of program errors. Therefore, approaches that can effectively enforce safe use of pointers in programming are highly sought after. ATS is a programming language with a type system rooted in a recently developed framework Applied Type System, and a novel and desirable feature in ATS lies in its support for safe programming with pointers through a novel notion of stateful views. In particular, even pointer arithmetic is allowed in ATS and guaranteed to be safe by the type system of ATS. In this paper, we give an overview of this feature in ATS, presenting some interesting examples based on a prototype implementation of ATS to demonstrate the practicality of safe programming with pointer through stateful views.
Polymorphic Type Inference for Languages with Overloading and Subtyping
, 1991
"... Many computer programs have the property that they work correctly on a variety of types of input; such programs are called polymorphic. Polymorphic type systems support polymorphism by allowing programs to be given multiple types. In this way, programs are permitted greater flexibility of use, while ..."
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Many computer programs have the property that they work correctly on a variety of types of input; such programs are called polymorphic. Polymorphic type systems support polymorphism by allowing programs to be given multiple types. In this way, programs are permitted greater flexibility of use, while still receiving the benefits of strong typing. One especially successful polymorphic type system is the system of Hindley, Milner, and Damas, which is used in the programming language ML. This type system allows programs to be given universally quantified types as a means of expressing polymorphism. It has two especially nice properties. First, every welltyped program has a “best ” type, called the principal type, that captures all the possible types of the program. Second, principal types can be inferred, allowing programs to be written without type declarations. However, two useful kinds of polymorphism cannot be expressed in this type system: overloading and subtyping. Overloading is the kind of polymorphism exhibited by a function like addition, whose types cannot be captured by a single universally quantified type formula.
Dependent Intersection: A New Way of Defining Records in Type Theory
"... Record types are an important tool for programming and are essential in objectoriented calculi. Dependent record types are proven to be very useful for program specification and verification. Unfortunately, all known embedding of the dependent record type in the type theory had some imperfections. I ..."
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Record types are an important tool for programming and are essential in objectoriented calculi. Dependent record types are proven to be very useful for program specification and verification. Unfortunately, all known embedding of the dependent record type in the type theory had some imperfections. In this paper we present a new type constructor, dependent intersection, i.e., the intersection of two types, where the second type may depend on elements of the first one (do not confuse it with the intersection of a family of types). This new type constructor allows us to define dependent records in a very simple way.
CCoRN, the Constructive Coq Repository at Nijmegan
"... We present CCoRN, the Constructive Coq Repository at Nijmegen. It consists of a library of constructive algebra and analysis, formalized in the theorem prover Coq. In this paper we explain the structure, the contents and the use of the library. Moreover we discuss the motivation and the (possible) ..."
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We present CCoRN, the Constructive Coq Repository at Nijmegen. It consists of a library of constructive algebra and analysis, formalized in the theorem prover Coq. In this paper we explain the structure, the contents and the use of the library. Moreover we discuss the motivation and the (possible) applications of such a library.
A Logic Programming Approach to Implementing HigherOrder Term Rewriting
 Second International Workshop on Extensions to Logic Programming, volume 596 of Lecture Notes in Arti Intelligence
, 1992
"... Term rewriting has proven to be an important technique in theorem proving. In this paper, we illustrate that rewrite systems and strategies for higherorder term rewriting, which includes the usual notion of firstorder rewriting, can be naturally specified and implemented in a higherorder logic pr ..."
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Term rewriting has proven to be an important technique in theorem proving. In this paper, we illustrate that rewrite systems and strategies for higherorder term rewriting, which includes the usual notion of firstorder rewriting, can be naturally specified and implemented in a higherorder logic programming language. We adopt a notion of higherorder rewrite system which uses the simply typed calculus as the language for expressing rules, with a restriction on the occurrences of free variables on the left hand sides of rules so that matching of terms with rewrite templates is decidable. The logic programming language contains an implementation of the simplytyped lambda calculus including fij conversion and higherorder unification. In addition, universal quantification in queries and the bodies of clauses is permitted. For higherorder rewriting, we show how these operations implemented at the metalevel provide elegant mechanisms for the objectlevel operations of descending thro...
HigherOrder and Modal Logic as a Framework for ExplanationBased Generalization
, 1989
"... Logic programming provides a uniform framework in which all aspects of explanationbased generalization and learning may be defined and carried out, but firstorder Horn logic is not well suited to application domains such as theorem proving or program synthesis where functions and predicates are th ..."
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Logic programming provides a uniform framework in which all aspects of explanationbased generalization and learning may be defined and carried out, but firstorder Horn logic is not well suited to application domains such as theorem proving or program synthesis where functions and predicates are the objects of computation. We explore the use of a higherorder representation language and extend EBG to a higherorder logic programming language. Variables may now range over functions and predicates, which leads to an expansion of the space of possible generalizations. We address this problem by extending the logic with the modal ⊔ ⊓ operator (indicating necessary truth) which leads to the language λ ⊔ ⊓ Prolog. We develop a metainterpreter realizing EBG for λ ⊔ ⊓ Prolog and give some examples in an expanded version of this extended abstract which is available as a technical report [2]. 1