Using Automatic Prover Mechanisms

This section presents different mechanisms of the prover that may be referred to and employed in the mathematical rules. These mechanisms have been validated and may simplify the conception phase of these rules. For each mechanism, the following points will be presented:

  • syntax to use the mechanism

  • semantics associated with the mechanism

  • a textual description of the mechanism

  • an illustrating example.

Trying a proof

Syntax: bguard(attempt_to_prove: a_t_t_e_m_p_t__t_o__p_r_o_v_e(P | Curr))

Translation: P

Description: This mechanism triggers a sub-proof on P. It is successful if P can be demonstrated by the prover. P must be correctly typed.


band(binhyp(f: s +-> (t --> u)) ,
bguard(attempt_to_prove: a_t_t_e_m_p_t__t_o__p_r_o_v_e(
(t: POW(a) & u: POW(b)) | Curr)))
(f(x): a +-> b)
bguard(attempt_to_prove: a_t_t_e_m_p_t__t_o__p_r_o_v_e(
(not(b) => a) | Curr))
(a or b)
(n: a) &
not(n: b) &
bguard(attempt_to_prove: a_t_t_e_m_p_t__t_o__p_r_o_v_e(
(a: POW(b))| Curr))

This last rule is a forward rule. If an hypothesis matching n: a has just been generated, if there is an hypothesis not(n: b) and if the prover is able to show that a: POW(b) is true, then the hypothesis bfalse is generated.


Syntax: bguard(Fast_Prove_Difference: not(a = b)

Translation: not(a = b)

Description: This mechanism may be employed to prove that two terms are not equal. If the call succeeds, then a and b are not equal.

Examples :

bguard(Fast_Prove_Difference: not(a = b)) &
blvar(Q) &
Qnot(a = b)
({a}<<|{b|->c} == {b|->c})
bguard(Fast_Prove_Difference: not(a = c)) &
blvar(Q) &
Q(a = c)
({a|->b}<+{c|->d} == {a|->b}/{c|->d})

Order relation

Syntax: bguard(Fast_Prove_Order: m<=n)

Translation: m<=n

Description: If the call to this mechanism is successful , then the relation m <= n is true.


bguard(Fast_Prove_Order: c<=d) &
(a = c) &
(b = d)
(a..b = c..d)

Positive value

Syntax: bguard(Fast_Prove_Positif: a)

Translation: 0<=a

Description: If the call to this mechanism succeeds, then the value of the arithmetic expression a is positive or zero.

Example :

binhyp(s: POW(a..b)) &
bguard(Fast_Prove_Positif: a)

Non membership

Syntax: bguard(Fast_Prove_Distinction: not(x: s))

Translation: not(x: s)

Description: If the call to this mechanism is successful , then x does no belong to s.

Example :

Fast_Prove_Distinction(not(a: dom({c|->d})))
not({a|->b} = {c|->d})

Membership to INTEGER

Syntax: bguard(Fast_Prove_Num: n)

Translation: n: INTEGER

Description: A call to this mechanism is successful entails that n is an integer.

Example :

(succ(x) == x+1 )

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