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Modular Data Structure Verification
 EECS DEPARTMENT, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
, 2007
"... This dissertation describes an approach for automatically verifying data structures, focusing on techniques for automatically proving formulas that arise in such verification. I have implemented this approach with my colleagues in a verification system called Jahob. Jahob verifies properties of Java ..."
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This dissertation describes an approach for automatically verifying data structures, focusing on techniques for automatically proving formulas that arise in such verification. I have implemented this approach with my colleagues in a verification system called Jahob. Jahob verifies properties of Java programs with dynamically allocated data structures. Developers write Jahob specifications in classical higherorder logic (HOL); Jahob reduces the verification problem to deciding the validity of HOL formulas. I present a new method for proving HOL formulas by combining automated reasoning techniques. My method consists of 1) splitting formulas into individual HOL conjuncts, 2) soundly approximating each HOL conjunct with a formula in a more tractable fragment and 3) proving the resulting approximation using a decision procedure or a theorem prover. I present three concrete logics; for each logic I show how to use it to approximate HOL formulas, and how to decide the validity of formulas in this logic. First, I present an approximation of HOL based on a translation to firstorder logic, which enables the use of existing resolutionbased theorem provers. Second, I present an approximation of HOL based on field constraint analysis, a new technique that enables
Constructing induction rules for deductive synthesis proofs
 LFCS University of Edinburgh
, 2005
"... We describe novel computational techniques for constructing induction rules for deductive synthesis proofs. Deductive synthesis holds out the promise of automated construction of correct computer programs from specifications of their desired behaviour. Synthesis of programs with iteration or recursi ..."
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We describe novel computational techniques for constructing induction rules for deductive synthesis proofs. Deductive synthesis holds out the promise of automated construction of correct computer programs from specifications of their desired behaviour. Synthesis of programs with iteration or recursion requires inductive proof, but standard techniques for the construction of appropriate induction rules are restricted to recycling the recursive structure of the specifications. What is needed is induction rule construction techniques that can introduce novel recursive structures. We show that a combination of rippling and the use of metavariables as a leastcommitment device can provide such novelty. Key words: deductive synthesis, proof planning, induction, theorem proving, middleout reasoning. 1
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
Knowledge Representation and Classical Logic
, 2007
"... Mathematical logicians had developed the art of formalizing declarative knowledge long before the advent of the computer age. But they were interested primarily in formalizing mathematics. Because of the important role of nonmathematical knowledge in AI, their emphasis was too narrow from the perspe ..."
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Mathematical logicians had developed the art of formalizing declarative knowledge long before the advent of the computer age. But they were interested primarily in formalizing mathematics. Because of the important role of nonmathematical knowledge in AI, their emphasis was too narrow from the perspective of knowledge representation, their formal languages were not sufficiently expressive. On the other hand, most logicians were not concerned about the possibility of automated reasoning; from the perspective of knowledge representation, they were often too generous in the choice of syntactic constructs. In spite of these differences, classical mathematical logic has exerted significant influence on knowledge representation research, and it is appropriate to begin this handbook with a discussion of the relationship between these fields. The language of classical logic that is most widely used in the theory of knowledge representation is the language of firstorder (predicate) formulas. These are the formulas that John McCarthy proposed to use for representing declarative knowledge in his advice taker paper [176], and Alan Robinson proposed to prove automatically using resolution [236]. Propositional logic is, of course, the most important subset of firstorder logic; recent
Customised induction rules for proving correctness of imperative programs
, 2004
"... This thesis is aimed at simplifying the userinteraction in semiinteractive theorem proving for imperative programs. More specifically, we describe the creation of customised induction rules that are tailormade for the specific program to verify and thus make the resulting proof simpler. The conce ..."
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This thesis is aimed at simplifying the userinteraction in semiinteractive theorem proving for imperative programs. More specifically, we describe the creation of customised induction rules that are tailormade for the specific program to verify and thus make the resulting proof simpler. The concern is in user interaction, rather than in proof strength. To achieve this, two different verification techniques are used. In the first approach, we develop an idea where a software testing technique, partition analysis, is used to compute a partition of the domain of the induction variable, based on the branch predicates in the program we wish to prove correct. Based on this partition we derive mechanically a partitioned induction rule, which then inherits the divideandconquer style of partition analysis, and (hopefully) is easier to use than the standard (Peano) induction rule. The second part of the thesis continues with a more thorough development of the method. Here the connection to software testing is completely removed
Conjecture Synthesis for Inductive Theories
 JOURNAL OF AUTOMATED REASONING
, 2010
"... We have developed a program for inductive theory formation, called IsaCoSy, which synthesises conjectures ‘bottomup’ from the available constants and free variables. The synthesis process is made tractable by only generating irreducible terms, which are then filtered through counterexample checkin ..."
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We have developed a program for inductive theory formation, called IsaCoSy, which synthesises conjectures ‘bottomup’ from the available constants and free variables. The synthesis process is made tractable by only generating irreducible terms, which are then filtered through counterexample checking and passed to the automatic inductive prover IsaPlanner. The main technical contribution is the presentation of a constraint mechanism for synthesis. As theorems are discovered, this generates additional constraints on the synthesis process. We evaluate IsaCoSy as a tool for automatically generating the background theories one would expect in a mature proof assistant, such as the Isabelle system. The results show that IsaCoSy produces most, and sometimes all, of the theorems in the Isabelle libraries. The number of additional uninteresting theorems are small enough to be easily pruned by hand.
A proofcentric approach to mathematical assistants
 Journal of Applied Logic: Special Issue on Mathematics Assistance Systems
, 2005
"... We present an approach to mathematical assistants which uses readable, executable proof scripts as the central language for interaction. We examine an implementation that combines the Isar language, the Isabelle theorem prover and the IsaPlanner proof planner. We argue that this synergy provides a f ..."
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We present an approach to mathematical assistants which uses readable, executable proof scripts as the central language for interaction. We examine an implementation that combines the Isar language, the Isabelle theorem prover and the IsaPlanner proof planner. We argue that this synergy provides a flexible environment for the exploration, certification, and presentation of mathematical proof.
Towards effective twolevel supercompilation
, 2010
"... The paper presents a number of improvements to the method of twolevel supercompilation: a fast technique of lemma discovering by analyzing the expressions in the partial process tree, an enhancement to the algorithm of checking improvement lemmas based on the normalization of tick annotations, and ..."
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The paper presents a number of improvements to the method of twolevel supercompilation: a fast technique of lemma discovering by analyzing the expressions in the partial process tree, an enhancement to the algorithm of checking improvement lemmas based on the normalization of tick annotations, and a few techniques of finding simplified versions of lemmas discovered in the process of twolevel supercompilation.
Planning and patching proof
 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND SYMBOLIC COMPUTATION
, 2004
"... We describe proof planning: a technique for both describing the hierarchical structure of proofs and then using this structure to guide proof attempts. When such a proof attempt fails, these failures can be analyzed and a patch formulated and applied. We also describe rippling: a powerful proof met ..."
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We describe proof planning: a technique for both describing the hierarchical structure of proofs and then using this structure to guide proof attempts. When such a proof attempt fails, these failures can be analyzed and a patch formulated and applied. We also describe rippling: a powerful proof method used in proof planning. We pose and answer a number of common questions about proof planning and rippling.
BestFirst Rippling
, 2006
"... Rippling is a form of rewriting that guides search by only performing steps that reduce the syntactic differences between formulae. Termination is normally ensured by a measure that is decreases with each rewrite step. Because of this restriction, rippling will fail to prove theorems about, for exam ..."
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Rippling is a form of rewriting that guides search by only performing steps that reduce the syntactic differences between formulae. Termination is normally ensured by a measure that is decreases with each rewrite step. Because of this restriction, rippling will fail to prove theorems about, for example, mutual recursion as steps that temporarily increase the differences are necessary. Bestfirst rippling is an extension to rippling where the restrictions have been recast as heuristic scores for use in bestfirst search. If nothing better is available, previously illegal steps can be considered, making bestfirst rippling more flexible than ordinary rippling. We have implemented bestfirst rippling in the IsaPlanner system together with a mechanism for caching proofstates that helps remove symmetries in the search space, and machinery to ensure termination based on term embeddings. Our experiments show that the implementation of bestfirst rippling is faster on average than IsaPlanner’s version of traditional depthfirst rippling, and solves a range of problems where ordinary rippling fails.