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On the Structure of Inductive Reasoning: Circular and TreeShaped Proofs in the µCalculus
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF FOSSACS 2003
, 2003
"... In this paper we study induction in the context of the firstorder µcalculus with explicit approximations. We present and compare two Gentzenstyle proof systems each using a different type of induction. The first is ..."
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In this paper we study induction in the context of the firstorder µcalculus with explicit approximations. We present and compare two Gentzenstyle proof systems each using a different type of induction. The first is
Cyclic proofs for firstorder logic with inductive definitions
 In TABLEAUX’05, volume 3702 of LNCS
, 2005
"... Abstract. We consider a cyclic approach to inductive reasoning in the setting of firstorder logic with inductive definitions. We present a proof system for this language in which proofs are represented as finite, locally sound derivation trees with a “repeat function ” identifying cyclic proof sect ..."
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Abstract. We consider a cyclic approach to inductive reasoning in the setting of firstorder logic with inductive definitions. We present a proof system for this language in which proofs are represented as finite, locally sound derivation trees with a “repeat function ” identifying cyclic proof sections. Soundness is guaranteed by a wellfoundedness condition formulated globally in terms of traces over the proof tree, following an idea due to Sprenger and Dam. However, in contrast to their work, our proof system does not require an extension of logical syntax by ordinal variables. A fundamental question in our setting is the strength of the cyclic proof system compared to the more familiar use of a noncyclic proof system using explicit induction rules. We show that the cyclic proof system subsumes the use of explicit induction rules. In addition, we provide machinery for manipulating and analysing the structure of cyclic proofs, based primarily on viewing them as generating regular infinite trees, and also formulate a finitary trace condition sufficient (but not necessary) for soundness, that is computationally and combinatorially simpler than the general trace condition. 1
Cyclic proofs of program termination in separation logic. Forthcoming
"... We propose a novel approach to proving the termination of heapmanipulating programs, which combines separation logic with cyclic proof within a Hoarestyle proof system. Judgements in this system express (guaranteed) termination of the program when started from a given line in the program and in a s ..."
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We propose a novel approach to proving the termination of heapmanipulating programs, which combines separation logic with cyclic proof within a Hoarestyle proof system. Judgements in this system express (guaranteed) termination of the program when started from a given line in the program and in a state satisfying a given precondition, which is expressed as a formula of separation logic. The proof rules of our system are of two types: logical rules that operate on preconditions; and symbolic execution rules that capture the effect of executing program commands. Our logical preconditions employ inductively defined predicates to describe heap properties, and proofs in our system are cyclic proofs: cyclic derivations in which some inductive predicate is unfolded infinitely often along every infinite path, thus allowing us to discard all infinite paths in the proof by an infinite descent argument. Moreover, the use of this soundness condition enables us to avoid the explicit construction and use of ranking functions for termination. We also give a completeness result for our system, which is relative in that it relies upon completeness of a proof system for logical implications in separation logic. We give examples illustrating our approach, including one example for which the corresponding ranking function is nonobvious: termination of the classical algorithm for inplace reversal of a (possibly cyclic) linked list.
A Note on Global Induction Mechanisms in a µCalculus with Explicit Approximations
, 1999
"... We investigate a Gentzenstyle proof system for the firstorder µcalculus based on cyclic proofs, produced by unfolding fixed point formulas and detecting repeated proof goals. Our system uses explicit ordinal variables and approximations to support a simple semantic induction discharge conditio ..."
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We investigate a Gentzenstyle proof system for the firstorder µcalculus based on cyclic proofs, produced by unfolding fixed point formulas and detecting repeated proof goals. Our system uses explicit ordinal variables and approximations to support a simple semantic induction discharge condition which ensures the wellfoundedness of inductive reasoning. As the main result of this paper we propose a new syntactic discharge condition based on traces and establish its equivalence with the semantical condition. We give an automatatheoretic reformulation of this condition which is more suitable for practical proofs. For a detailed