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The Theory of LEGO  A Proof Checker for the Extended Calculus of Constructions
, 1994
"... LEGO is a computer program for interactive typechecking in the Extended Calculus of Constructions and two of its subsystems. LEGO also supports the extension of these three systems with inductive types. These type systems can be viewed as logics, and as meta languages for expressing logics, and LEGO ..."
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LEGO is a computer program for interactive typechecking in the Extended Calculus of Constructions and two of its subsystems. LEGO also supports the extension of these three systems with inductive types. These type systems can be viewed as logics, and as meta languages for expressing logics, and LEGO is intended to be used for interactively constructing proofs in mathematical theories presented in these logics. I have developed LEGO over six years, starting from an implementation of the Calculus of Constructions by G erard Huet. LEGO has been used for problems at the limits of our abilities to do formal mathematics. In this thesis I explain some aspects of the metatheory of LEGO's type systems leading to a machinechecked proof that typechecking is decidable for all three type theories supported by LEGO, and to a verified algorithm for deciding their typing judgements, assuming only that they are normalizing. In order to do this, the theory of Pure Type Systems (PTS) is extended and f...
Set theory for verification: I. From foundations to functions
 J. Auto. Reas
, 1993
"... A logic for specification and verification is derived from the axioms of ZermeloFraenkel set theory. The proofs are performed using the proof assistant Isabelle. Isabelle is generic, supporting several different logics. Isabelle has the flexibility to adapt to variants of set theory. Its higherord ..."
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A logic for specification and verification is derived from the axioms of ZermeloFraenkel set theory. The proofs are performed using the proof assistant Isabelle. Isabelle is generic, supporting several different logics. Isabelle has the flexibility to adapt to variants of set theory. Its higherorder syntax supports the definition of new binding operators. Unknowns in subgoals can be instantiated incrementally. The paper describes the derivation of rules for descriptions, relations and functions, and discusses interactive proofs of Cantor’s Theorem, the Composition of Homomorphisms challenge [9], and Ramsey’s Theorem [5]. A generic proof assistant can stand up against provers dedicated to particular logics. Key words. Isabelle, set theory, generic theorem proving, Ramsey’s Theorem,
Mechanizing Coinduction and Corecursion in Higherorder Logic
 Journal of Logic and Computation
, 1997
"... A theory of recursive and corecursive definitions has been developed in higherorder logic (HOL) and mechanized using Isabelle. Least fixedpoints express inductive data types such as strict lists; greatest fixedpoints express coinductive data types, such as lazy lists. Wellfounded recursion expresse ..."
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A theory of recursive and corecursive definitions has been developed in higherorder logic (HOL) and mechanized using Isabelle. Least fixedpoints express inductive data types such as strict lists; greatest fixedpoints express coinductive data types, such as lazy lists. Wellfounded recursion expresses recursive functions over inductive data types; corecursion expresses functions that yield elements of coinductive data types. The theory rests on a traditional formalization of infinite trees. The theory is intended for use in specification and verification. It supports reasoning about a wide range of computable functions, but it does not formalize their operational semantics and can express noncomputable functions also. The theory is illustrated using finite and infinite lists. Corecursion expresses functions over infinite lists; coinduction reasons about such functions. Key words. Isabelle, higherorder logic, coinduction, corecursion Copyright c fl 1996 by Lawrence C. Paulson Content...
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
Generic Automatic Proof Tools
, 1997
"... This article explores a synthesis between two distinct traditions in automated reasoning: resolution and interaction. In particular it discusses Isabelle, an interactive theorem prover based upon a form of resolution. It aims to demonstrate the value of proof tools that, compared with traditional re ..."
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This article explores a synthesis between two distinct traditions in automated reasoning: resolution and interaction. In particular it discusses Isabelle, an interactive theorem prover based upon a form of resolution. It aims to demonstrate the value of proof tools that, compared with traditional resolution systems, seem absurdly limited. Isabelle's classical reasoner searches for proofs using a tableau approach. The reasoner is generic: it accepts rules proved in applied theories, involving defined connectives. The reasoner works in a variety of domains without reducing them to firstorder logic. Resolution systems such as Otter [13], setheo [11] and pttp [34] represent automatic theorem proving at its highest point of refinement. They achieve extremely high inference rates and can run continuously for days without running out of storage. They can crack many of the toughest challenge problems that have been circulated. While they exploit many specialized algorithms, data structures and optimizations, they rely crucially on unification. Interactive systems let the user direct each step of the proof. They can implement complicated formalisms, chosen for maximum expressiveness, and typically based on the typed calculus. hol [7, 8] and pvs [23] are used for verification of hardware and realtime systems, while Coq [4] is used for formalizing mathematics. Large numbers of axioms  say, the description of a cpu design  do not overwhelm them, because finding the proof is the user's job. Partial automation is sometimes provided, but a resolution enthusiast would regret the lack of uniform search procedures based on unification. One procedure provided by most interactive provers is rewriting. Rewrite rules have many advantages. Unlike programmed inference rules, they are ...
A Fixedpoint Approach to (Co)Inductive and (Co)Datatype Definitions
, 1997
"... This paper presents a fixedpoint approach to inductive definitions. Instead of using a syntactic test such as "strictly positive," the approach lets definitions involve any operators that have been proved monotone. It is conceptually simple, which has allowed the easy implementation of ..."
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This paper presents a fixedpoint approach to inductive definitions. Instead of using a syntactic test such as "strictly positive," the approach lets definitions involve any operators that have been proved monotone. It is conceptually simple, which has allowed the easy implementation of mutual recursion and iterated definitions. It also handles coinductive definitions: simply replace the least fixedpoint by a greatest fixedpoint. The method
Mechanizing set theory: Cardinal arithmetic and the axiom of choice
 Journal of Automated Reasoning
, 1996
"... Abstract. Fairly deep results of ZermeloFrænkel (ZF) set theory have been mechanized using the proof assistant Isabelle. The results concern cardinal arithmetic and the Axiom of Choice (AC). A key result about cardinal multiplication is κ ⊗ κ = κ, where κ is any infinite cardinal. Proving this resu ..."
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Abstract. Fairly deep results of ZermeloFrænkel (ZF) set theory have been mechanized using the proof assistant Isabelle. The results concern cardinal arithmetic and the Axiom of Choice (AC). A key result about cardinal multiplication is κ ⊗ κ = κ, where κ is any infinite cardinal. Proving this result required developing theories of orders, orderisomorphisms, order types, ordinal arithmetic, cardinals, etc.; this covers most of Kunen, Set Theory, Chapter I. Furthermore, we have proved the equivalence of 7 formulations of the Wellordering Theorem and 20 formulations of AC; this covers the first two chapters of Rubin and Rubin, Equivalents of the Axiom of Choice, and involves highly technical material. The definitions used in the proofs are
Merging HOL with Set Theory  preliminary experiments
, 1994
"... Set theory is the standard foundation for mathematics, but the majority of general purpose mechanised proof assistants support versions of type theory (higher order logic). Examples include Alf, Automath, Coq, EHDM, HOL, IMPS, LAMBDA, LEGO, Nuprl, PVS and Veritas. For many applications type theory w ..."
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Set theory is the standard foundation for mathematics, but the majority of general purpose mechanised proof assistants support versions of type theory (higher order logic). Examples include Alf, Automath, Coq, EHDM, HOL, IMPS, LAMBDA, LEGO, Nuprl, PVS and Veritas. For many applications type theory works well and provides, for specification, the benefits of typechecking that are wellknown in programming. However, there are areas where types get in the way or seem unmotivated. Furthermore, most people with a scientific or engineering background already know set theory, whereas type theory may appear inaccessable and so be an obstacle to the uptake of proof assistants based on it. This paper describes some experiments (using HOL) in combining set theory and type theory; the aim is to get the best of both worlds in a single system. Three approaches have been tried, all based on an axiomatically specified type V of ZFlike sets: (i) HOL is used without any additions besides V; (ii) an emb...
Treating partiality in a logic of total functions
 THE COMPUTER JOURNAL
, 1997
"... The need to use partial functions arises frequently in formal descriptions of computer systems. However, most proof assistants are based on logics of total functions. One way to address this mismatch is to invent and mechanize a new logic. Another is to develop practical workarounds in existing sett ..."
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The need to use partial functions arises frequently in formal descriptions of computer systems. However, most proof assistants are based on logics of total functions. One way to address this mismatch is to invent and mechanize a new logic. Another is to develop practical workarounds in existing settings. In this paper we take the latter course: we survey and compare methods used to support partiality in a mechanization of a higher order logic featuring only total functions. The techniques we discuss are generally applicable and are illustrated by relatively large examples.