Extending decision procedures with induction schemes

Deepak Kapur, Mahadavan Subramaniam

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Families of function definitions and conjectures based in quantifier-free decidable theories are identified for which inductive va- lidity of conjectures can be decided by the cover set method, a heuristic implemented in a rewrite-based induction theorem prover Rewrite Rule Laboratory (RRL) for mechanizing induction. Conditions characterizing definitions and conjectures are syntactic, and can be easily checked, thus making it possible to determine a priori whether a given conjecture can be decided. The concept of a Τ-based function definition is introduced that consists of a finite set of terminating complete rewrite rules of the form f(s1; ⋯ ; sm) → r, where s1; ⋯ ; sm are interpreted terms from a decidable theory Τ , and r is either an interpreted term or has non- nested recursive calls to f with all other function symbols from Τ . Two kinds of conjectures are considered. Simple conjectures are of the form f(x1; ⋯ xm) = t, where f is Τ-based, xi's are distinct variables, and t is interpreted in Τ . Complex conjectures differ from simple conjectures in their left sides which may contain many function symbols whose defini- tions are Τ-based and the nested order in which these function symbols appear in the left sides have the compatibility property with their defini- tions. The main objective is to ensure that for each induction subgoal gener- ated from a conjecture after selecting an induction scheme, the resulting formula can be simplified so that induction hypothesis(es), whenever needed, is applicable, and the result of this application is a formula in T . Decidable theories considered are the quantifier-free theory of Pres- burger arithmetic, congruence closure on ground terms (with or with- out associative-commutative operators), propositional calculus, and the quantifier-free theory of constructors (mostly, free constructors as in the case of finite lists and finite sequences). A byproduct of the approach is that it can predict the structure of intermediate lemmas needed for au- tomatically deciding this subclass of conjectures. Several examples over lists, numbers and of properties involved in establishing the number- theoretic correctness of arithmetic circuits are given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAutomated Deduction - CADE-17 - 17th International Conference on Automated Deduction, Proceedings
EditorsDavid McAllester
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)3540676643, 9783540676645
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Conference on Automated Deduction, CADE 2000 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2000Jun 20 2000

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (Subseries of Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Other17th International Conference on Automated Deduction, CADE 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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