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Recording and Checking HOL Proofs
 Higher Order Logic Theorem Proving and Its Applications. 8th International Workshop, volume 971 of LNCS
, 1995
"... Formal proofs generated by mechanised theorem proving systems may consist of a large number of inferences. As these theorem proving systems are usually very complex, it is extremely difficult if not impossible to formally verify them. This calls for an independent means of ensuring the consistency o ..."
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Formal proofs generated by mechanised theorem proving systems may consist of a large number of inferences. As these theorem proving systems are usually very complex, it is extremely difficult if not impossible to formally verify them. This calls for an independent means of ensuring the consistency of mechanically generated proofs. This paper describes a method of recording HOL proofs in terms of a sequence of applications of inference rules. The recorded proofs can then be checked by an independent proof checker. Also described in this paper is an efficient proof checker which is able to check a practical proof consisting of thousands of inference steps. 1 Introduction Formal methods have been used in the development of many safetycritical systems in the form of formal specification and formal proof of correctness. Formal proofs are usually carried out using theorem provers or proof assistants. These systems are based on wellfounded formal logic, and provide a programming environmen...
Representation and Validation of Mechanically Generated Proofs Final Report
"... Introduction The goal of this project was to demonstrate the feasibility of the independent and trusted validation of the proofs generated by existing theorem provers. Our intention was to design, implement and formally verify a proof checking program for HOL [5] generated proofs. A proof checker ..."
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Introduction The goal of this project was to demonstrate the feasibility of the independent and trusted validation of the proofs generated by existing theorem provers. Our intention was to design, implement and formally verify a proof checking program for HOL [5] generated proofs. A proof checker can be much simpler than a full theorem prover such as HOL as it is only concerned with checking existing proofs rather than searching for or generating them. Our work has clearly demonstrated the feasibility of this approach. In particular, the main achievements of the project are as follows. ffl We have developed a computer representation suitable for communicating large, formal, machine generated proofs. ffl We have modified the HOL system to allow primitive inference proofs to be recorded in the above format. ffl We have formalised, within the HOL theorem proving system, theories of higherorder logic, Hilb