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%% $Id$
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\part{Foundations} 
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The following sections discuss Isabelle's logical foundations in detail:
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representing logical syntax in the typed $\lambda$-calculus; expressing
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inference rules in Isabelle's meta-logic; combining rules by resolution.
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If you wish to use Isabelle immediately, please turn to
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page~\pageref{chap:getting}.  You can always read about foundations later,
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either by returning to this point or by looking up particular items in the
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index.
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\begin{figure} 
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\begin{eqnarray*}
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  \neg P   & \hbox{abbreviates} & P\imp\bot \\
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  P\bimp Q & \hbox{abbreviates} & (P\imp Q) \conj (Q\imp P)
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\end{eqnarray*}
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\vskip 4ex
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\(\begin{array}{c@{\qquad\qquad}c}
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  \infer[({\conj}I)]{P\conj Q}{P & Q}  &
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  \infer[({\conj}E1)]{P}{P\conj Q} \qquad 
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  \infer[({\conj}E2)]{Q}{P\conj Q} \\[4ex]
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  \infer[({\disj}I1)]{P\disj Q}{P} \qquad 
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  \infer[({\disj}I2)]{P\disj Q}{Q} &
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  \infer[({\disj}E)]{R}{P\disj Q & \infer*{R}{[P]} & \infer*{R}{[Q]}}\\[4ex]
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  \infer[({\imp}I)]{P\imp Q}{\infer*{Q}{[P]}} &
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  \infer[({\imp}E)]{Q}{P\imp Q & P}  \\[4ex]
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  &
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  \infer[({\bot}E)]{P}{\bot}\\[4ex]
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  \infer[({\forall}I)*]{\forall x.P}{P} &
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  \infer[({\forall}E)]{P[t/x]}{\forall x.P} \\[3ex]
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  \infer[({\exists}I)]{\exists x.P}{P[t/x]} &
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  \infer[({\exists}E)*]{Q}{{\exists x.P} & \infer*{Q}{[P]} } \\[3ex]
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  {t=t} \,(refl)   &  \vcenter{\infer[(subst)]{P[u/x]}{t=u & P[t/x]}} 
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\end{array} \)
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\bigskip\bigskip
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*{\em Eigenvariable conditions\/}:
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$\forall I$: provided $x$ is not free in the assumptions
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$\exists E$: provided $x$ is not free in $Q$ or any assumption except $P$
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\caption{Intuitionistic first-order logic} \label{fol-fig}
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\end{figure}
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\section{Formalizing logical syntax in Isabelle}\label{sec:logical-syntax}
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\index{first-order logic}
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Figure~\ref{fol-fig} presents intuitionistic first-order logic,
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including equality.  Let us see how to formalize
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this logic in Isabelle, illustrating the main features of Isabelle's
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polymorphic meta-logic.
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\index{lambda calc@$\lambda$-calculus} 
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Isabelle represents syntax using the simply typed $\lambda$-calculus.  We
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declare a type for each syntactic category of the logic.  We declare a
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constant for each symbol of the logic, giving each $n$-place operation an
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$n$-argument curried function type.  Most importantly,
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$\lambda$-abstraction represents variable binding in quantifiers.
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\index{types!syntax of}\index{types!function}\index{*fun type} 
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\index{type constructors}
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Isabelle has \ML-style polymorphic types such as~$(\alpha)list$, where
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$list$ is a type constructor and $\alpha$ is a type variable; for example,
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$(bool)list$ is the type of lists of booleans.  Function types have the
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form $(\sigma,\tau)fun$ or $\sigma\To\tau$, where $\sigma$ and $\tau$ are
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types.  Curried function types may be abbreviated:
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\[  \sigma@1\To (\cdots \sigma@n\To \tau\cdots)  \quad \hbox{as} \quad
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   [\sigma@1, \ldots, \sigma@n] \To \tau \]
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\index{terms!syntax of}
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The syntax for terms is summarised below.  Note that function application is
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written $t(u)$ rather than the usual $t\,u$.
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\[ 
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\index{lambda abs@$\lambda$-abstractions}\index{function applications}
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\begin{array}{ll}
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  t :: \tau   & \hbox{type constraint, on a term or bound variable} \\
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  \lambda x.t   & \hbox{abstraction} \\
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  \lambda x@1\ldots x@n.t
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        & \hbox{curried abstraction, $\lambda x@1. \ldots \lambda x@n.t$} \\
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  t(u)          & \hbox{application} \\
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  t (u@1, \ldots, u@n) & \hbox{curried application, $t(u@1)\ldots(u@n)$} 
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\subsection{Simple types and constants}\index{types!simple|bold} 
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The syntactic categories of our logic (Fig.\ts\ref{fol-fig}) are {\bf
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  formulae} and {\bf terms}.  Formulae denote truth values, so (following
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tradition) let us call their type~$o$.  To allow~0 and~$Suc(t)$ as terms,
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let us declare a type~$nat$ of natural numbers.  Later, we shall see
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how to admit terms of other types.
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\index{constants}\index{*nat type}\index{*o type}
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After declaring the types~$o$ and~$nat$, we may declare constants for the
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symbols of our logic.  Since $\bot$ denotes a truth value (falsity) and 0
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denotes a number, we put \begin{eqnarray*}
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  \bot  & :: & o \\
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  0     & :: & nat.
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\end{eqnarray*}
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If a symbol requires operands, the corresponding constant must have a
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function type.  In our logic, the successor function
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($Suc$) is from natural numbers to natural numbers, negation ($\neg$) is a
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function from truth values to truth values, and the binary connectives are
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\begin{eqnarray*}
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  Suc    & :: & nat\To nat  \\
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  {\neg} & :: & o\To o      \\
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  \conj,\disj,\imp,\bimp  & :: & [o,o]\To o 
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The binary connectives can be declared as infixes, with appropriate
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precedences, so that we write $P\conj Q\disj R$ instead of
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$\disj(\conj(P,Q), R)$.
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Section~\ref{sec:defining-theories} below describes the syntax of Isabelle
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theory files and illustrates it by extending our logic with mathematical
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induction.
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\subsection{Polymorphic types and constants} \label{polymorphic}
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\index{types!polymorphic|bold}
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\index{equality!polymorphic}
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\index{constants!polymorphic}
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Which type should we assign to the equality symbol?  If we tried
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$[nat,nat]\To o$, then equality would be restricted to the natural
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numbers; we should have to declare different equality symbols for each
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type.  Isabelle's type system is polymorphic, so we could declare
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\begin{eqnarray*}
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  {=}  & :: & [\alpha,\alpha]\To o,
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where the type variable~$\alpha$ ranges over all types.
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But this is also wrong.  The declaration is too polymorphic; $\alpha$
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includes types like~$o$ and $nat\To nat$.  Thus, it admits
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$\bot=\neg(\bot)$ and $Suc=Suc$ as formulae, which is acceptable in
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higher-order logic but not in first-order logic.
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Isabelle's {\bf type classes}\index{classes} control
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polymorphism~\cite{nipkow-prehofer}.  Each type variable belongs to a
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class, which denotes a set of types.  Classes are partially ordered by the
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subclass relation, which is essentially the subset relation on the sets of
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types.  They closely resemble the classes of the functional language
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Haskell~\cite{haskell-tutorial,haskell-report}.
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\index{*logic class}\index{*term class}
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Isabelle provides the built-in class $logic$, which consists of the logical
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types: the ones we want to reason about.  Let us declare a class $term$, to
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consist of all legal types of terms in our logic.  The subclass structure
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is now $term\le logic$.
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\index{*nat type}
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We put $nat$ in class $term$ by declaring $nat{::}term$.  We declare the
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equality constant by
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\begin{eqnarray*}
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  {=}  & :: & [\alpha{::}term,\alpha]\To o 
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where $\alpha{::}term$ constrains the type variable~$\alpha$ to class
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$term$.  Such type variables resemble Standard~\ML's equality type
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variables.
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We give~$o$ and function types the class $logic$ rather than~$term$, since
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they are not legal types for terms.  We may introduce new types of class
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$term$ --- for instance, type $string$ or $real$ --- at any time.  We can
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even declare type constructors such as~$list$, and state that type
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$(\tau)list$ belongs to class~$term$ provided $\tau$ does; equality
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applies to lists of natural numbers but not to lists of formulae.  We may
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summarize this paragraph by a set of {\bf arity declarations} for type
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constructors:\index{arities!declaring}
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\begin{eqnarray*}\index{*o type}\index{*fun type}
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  o             & :: & logic \\
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  fun           & :: & (logic,logic)logic \\
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  nat, string, real     & :: & term \\
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  list          & :: & (term)term
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and ${fun::(term,term)term}$.  The class system can also handle
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subclass of $term$ consisting of the `arithmetic' types, such as~$nat$.
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  {+},{-},{\times},{/}  & :: & [nat,nat]\To nat \\
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  {+},{-},{\times},{/}  & :: & [real,real]\To real \\
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and specify it in terms of ${+} :: [\alpha,\alpha]\To \alpha$.
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$ord$.  Semantically the set $\{arith,ord\}$ should be understood as the
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intersection of the sets of types represented by $arith$ and $ord$.  Such
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intersections of classes are called \bfindex{sorts}.  The empty
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intersection of classes, $\{\}$, contains all types and is thus the {\bf
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  universal sort}.
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           {\S\ref{sec:ref-defining-theories}}.
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\subsection{Higher types and quantifiers}
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\index{types!higher|bold}\index{quantifiers}
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Quantifiers are regarded as operations upon functions.  Ignoring polymorphism
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for the moment, consider the formula $\forall x. P(x)$, where $x$ ranges
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over type~$nat$.  This is true if $P(x)$ is true for all~$x$.  Abstracting
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$P(x)$ into a function, this is the same as saying that $\lambda x.P(x)$
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which is essentially an infinitary truth table.  The representation of $\forall
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x. P(x)$ is $\forall(\lambda x. P(x))$.  
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in the same way.  Other binding operators are also easily handled; for
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  \Sigma  & :: & [nat,nat, nat\To nat] \To nat.
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\section{Formalizing logical rules in Isabelle}
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\index{meta-implication|bold}
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\index{meta-quantifiers|bold}
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\index{meta-equality|bold}
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Object-logics are formalized by extending Isabelle's
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meta-logic~\cite{paulson89}, which is intuitionistic higher-order logic.
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The meta-level connectives are {\bf implication}, the {\bf universal
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\begin{itemize}
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  \item The implication \(\phi\Imp \psi\) means `\(\phi\) implies
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  \item The quantification \(\Forall x.\phi\) means `\(\phi\) is true for
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\item The equality \(a\equiv b\) means `$a$ equals $b$', for expressing
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  {\bf definitions} (see~\S\ref{definitions}).\index{definitions}
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  Equalities left over from the unification process, so called {\bf
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    flex-flex constraints},\index{flex-flex constraints} are written $a\qeq
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  b$.  The two equality symbols have the same logical meaning.
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as object-logics, using the simply typed $\lambda$-calculus.  Analogous to
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Meta-level formulae will have this type.  Type $prop$ belongs to
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class~$logic$; also, $\sigma\To\tau$ belongs to $logic$ provided $\sigma$
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\begin{eqnarray*}\index{*prop type}\index{*logic class}
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the inference rules, we shall need to relate the two levels; accordingly,
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\subsection{Expressing propositional rules}
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We shall illustrate the use of the meta-logic by formalizing the rules of
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$$ \Forall P\;Q. Trueprop(P\conj Q) \Imp Trueprop(P).   \eqno(\conj E1) $$
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Isabelle adopts notational conventions to ease the writing of rules.  We may
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\[  \phi@1\Imp(\cdots \phi@n\Imp\psi\cdots) \]
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terminate at a normal form.  But it must guess the unknown
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function~$\Var{f}$ in order to solve the equation
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\begin{equation} \label{hou-eqn}
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 \Var{f}(t) \qeq g(u@1,\ldots,u@k).
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Huet's~\cite{huet75} search procedure solves equations by imitation and
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projection.  {\bf Imitation} makes~$\Var{f}$ apply the leading symbol (if a
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constant) of the right-hand side.  To solve equation~(\ref{hou-eqn}), it
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\[ \Var{f} \equiv \lambda x. g(\Var{h@1}(x),\ldots,\Var{h@k}(x)), \]
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where $\Var{h@1}$, \ldots, $\Var{h@k}$ are new unknowns.  Assuming there are no
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other occurrences of~$\Var{f}$, equation~(\ref{hou-eqn}) simplifies to the
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set of equations
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\[ \Var{h@1}(t)\qeq u@1 \quad\ldots\quad \Var{h@k}(t)\qeq u@k. \]
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If the procedure solves these equations, instantiating $\Var{h@1}$, \ldots,
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$\Var{h@k}$, then it yields an instantiation for~$\Var{f}$.
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{\bf Projection} makes $\Var{f}$ apply one of its arguments.  To solve
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equation~(\ref{hou-eqn}), if $t$ expects~$m$ arguments and delivers a
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result of suitable type, it guesses
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\[ \Var{f} \equiv \lambda x. x(\Var{h@1}(x),\ldots,\Var{h@m}(x)), \]
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where $\Var{h@1}$, \ldots, $\Var{h@m}$ are new unknowns.  Assuming there are no
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other occurrences of~$\Var{f}$, equation~(\ref{hou-eqn}) simplifies to the 
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equation 
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\[ t(\Var{h@1}(t),\ldots,\Var{h@m}(t)) \qeq g(u@1,\ldots,u@k). $$ 
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\begin{warn}\index{unification!incompleteness of}%
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which solves for type unknowns as well as for term unknowns, is incomplete.
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The problem is that projection requires type information.  In
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equation~(\ref{hou-eqn}), if the type of~$t$ is unknown, then projections
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are possible for all~$m\geq0$, and the types of the $\Var{h@i}$ will be
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similarly unconstrained.  Therefore, Isabelle never attempts such
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to be a function type.
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Given $\Var{f}(t@1,\ldots,t@n)\qeq u$, Huet's procedure could make up to
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$n+1$ guesses.  The search tree and set of unifiers may be infinite.  But
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higher-order unification can work effectively, provided you are careful
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with {\bf function unknowns}:
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\begin{itemize}
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  \item Equations with no function unknowns are solved using first-order
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unification, extended to treat bound variables.  For example, $\lambda x.x
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\qeq \lambda x.\Var{y}$ has no solution because $\Var{y}\equiv x$ would
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capture the free variable~$x$.
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  \item An occurrence of the term $\Var{f}(x,y,z)$, where the arguments are
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distinct bound variables, causes no difficulties.  Its projections can only
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match the corresponding variables.
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  \item Even an equation such as $\Var{f}(a)\qeq a+a$ is all right.  It has
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four solutions, but Isabelle evaluates them lazily, trying projection before
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imitation. The first solution is usually the one desired:
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\[ \Var{f}\equiv \lambda x. x+x \quad
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  \item  Equations such as $\Var{f}(\Var{x},\Var{y})\qeq t$ and
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$\Var{f}(\Var{g}(x))\qeq t$ admit vast numbers of unifiers, and must be
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avoided. 
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\end{itemize}
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In problematic cases, you may have to instantiate some unknowns before
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invoking unification. 
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\subsection{Joining rules by resolution} \label{joining}
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\index{resolution|bold}
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Let $\List{\psi@1; \ldots; \psi@m} \Imp \psi$ and $\List{\phi@1; \ldots;
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\phi@n} \Imp \phi$ be two Isabelle theorems, representing object-level rules. 
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Choosing some~$i$ from~1 to~$n$, suppose that $\psi$ and $\phi@i$ have a
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higher-order unifier.  Writing $Xs$ for the application of substitution~$s$ to
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expression~$X$, this means there is some~$s$ such that $\psi s\equiv \phi@i s$.
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By resolution, we may conclude
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\[ (\List{\phi@1; \ldots; \phi@{i-1}; \psi@1; \ldots; \psi@m;
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          \phi@{i+1}; \ldots; \phi@n} \Imp \phi)s.
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The substitution~$s$ may instantiate unknowns in both rules.  In short,
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resolution is the following rule:
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\[ \infer[(\psi s\equiv \phi@i s)]
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         {(\List{\phi@1; \ldots; \phi@{i-1}; \psi@1; \ldots; \psi@m;
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          \phi@{i+1}; \ldots; \phi@n} \Imp \phi)s}
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         {\List{\psi@1; \ldots; \psi@m} \Imp \psi & &
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          \List{\phi@1; \ldots; \phi@n} \Imp \phi}
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It operates at the meta-level, on Isabelle theorems, and is justified by
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the properties of $\Imp$ and~$\Forall$.  It takes the number~$i$ (for
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$1\leq i\leq n$) as a parameter and may yield infinitely many conclusions,
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one for each unifier of $\psi$ with $\phi@i$.  Isabelle returns these
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conclusions as a sequence (lazy list).
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Resolution expects the rules to have no outer quantifiers~($\Forall$).  It
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variables unchanged.  When constructing a theory, Isabelle puts the rules
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into a standard form containing no free variables; for instance, $({\imp}E)$
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becomes
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\[ \List{\Var{P}\imp \Var{Q}; \Var{P}}  \Imp \Var{Q}. 
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\]
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When resolving two rules, the unknowns in the first rule are renamed, by
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subscripting, to make them distinct from the unknowns in the second rule.  To
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resolve $({\imp}E)$ with itself, the first copy of the rule becomes
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\[ \List{\Var{P@1}\imp \Var{Q@1}; \Var{P@1}}  \Imp \Var{Q@1}. \]
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Resolving this with $({\imp}E)$ in the first premise, unifying $\Var{Q@1}$ with
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$\Var{P}\imp \Var{Q}$, is the meta-level inference
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\[ \infer{\List{\Var{P@1}\imp (\Var{P}\imp \Var{Q}); \Var{P@1}; \Var{P}} 
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           \Imp\Var{Q}.}
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         {\List{\Var{P@1}\imp \Var{Q@1}; \Var{P@1}}  \Imp \Var{Q@1} & &
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          \List{\Var{P}\imp \Var{Q}; \Var{P}}  \Imp \Var{Q}}
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Renaming the unknowns in the resolvent, we have derived the
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\[ \infer{Q.}{R\imp (P\imp Q)  &  R  &  P}  \]
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Joining rules in this fashion is a simple way of proving theorems.  The
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derived rules are conservative extensions of the object-logic, and may permit
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simpler proofs.  Let us consider another example.  Suppose we have the axiom
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The standard form of $(\forall E)$ is
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$\forall x.\Var{P}(x)  \Imp \Var{P}(\Var{t})$.
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Resolving $(inject)$ with $(\forall E)$ replaces $\Var{P}$ by
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$\lambda x. \forall y. Suc(x)=Suc(y)\imp x=y$ and leaves $\Var{t}$
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unchanged, yielding  
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\[ \forall y. Suc(\Var{t})=Suc(y)\imp \Var{t}=y. \]
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Resolving this with $(\forall E)$ puts a subscript on~$\Var{t}$
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\[ Suc(\Var{t@1})=Suc(\Var{t})\imp \Var{t@1}=\Var{t}. \]
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Resolving this with $({\imp}E)$ increases the subscripts and yields
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\[ Suc(\Var{t@2})=Suc(\Var{t@1})\Imp \Var{t@2}=\Var{t@1}. 
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We have derived the rule
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\[ \infer{m=n,}{Suc(m)=Suc(n)} \]
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which goes directly from $Suc(m)=Suc(n)$ to $m=n$.  It is handy for simplifying
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an equation like $Suc(Suc(Suc(m)))=Suc(Suc(Suc(0)))$.  
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\section{Lifting a rule into a context}
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The rules $({\imp}I)$ and $(\forall I)$ may seem unsuitable for
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resolution.  They have non-atomic premises, namely $P\Imp Q$ and $\Forall
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x.P(x)$, while the conclusions of all the rules are atomic (they have the form
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$Trueprop(\cdots)$).  Isabelle gets round the problem through a meta-inference
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\[ \infer[({\imp}I)]{P\imp(Q\imp R)}
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   \qquad
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         {\infer[(\forall I)]{\forall y.P(x,y)}{P(x,y)}}
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\subsection{Lifting over assumptions}
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\index{assumptions!lifting over}
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Lifting over $\theta\Imp{}$ is the following meta-inference rule:
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\[ \infer{\List{\theta\Imp\phi@1; \ldots; \theta\Imp\phi@n} \Imp
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          (\theta \Imp \phi)}
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         {\List{\phi@1; \ldots; \phi@n} \Imp \phi} \]
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This is clearly sound: if $\List{\phi@1; \ldots; \phi@n} \Imp \phi$ is true and
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$\theta\Imp\phi@1$, \ldots, $\theta\Imp\phi@n$ and $\theta$ are all true then
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$\phi$ must be true.  Iterated lifting over a series of meta-formulae
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$\theta@k$, \ldots, $\theta@1$ yields an object-rule whose conclusion is
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the assumptions in a natural deduction proof; lifting copies them into a rule's
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premises and conclusion.
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When resolving two rules, Isabelle lifts the first one if necessary.  The
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\[ (\Var{P} \Imp \Var{Q})  \Imp  \Var{P}\imp \Var{Q}.   \]
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   \Imp  \Var{P@1}\imp \Var{Q@1}.   \]
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Unifying $\Var{P}\Imp \Var{P@1}\imp\Var{Q@1}$ with $\Var{P} \Imp
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\[ (\List{\Var{P}; \Var{P@1}} \Imp \Var{Q@1}) \Imp
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\Var{P}\imp(\Var{P@1}\imp\Var{Q@1}).   \]
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This represents the derived rule
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\[ \infer{P\imp(Q\imp R).}{\infer*{R}{[P,Q]}} \]
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\subsection{Lifting over parameters}
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\index{parameters!lifting over}
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x$.  At the same time, lifting introduces a dependence upon~$x$.  It replaces
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each unknown $\Var{a}$ in the rule by $\Var{a'}(x)$, where $\Var{a'}$ is a new
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unknown (by subscripting) of suitable type --- necessarily a function type.  In
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short, lifting is the meta-inference
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\[ \infer{\List{\Forall x.\phi@1^x; \ldots; \Forall x.\phi@n^x} 
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           \Imp \Forall x.\phi^x,}
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         {\List{\phi@1; \ldots; \phi@n} \Imp \phi} \]
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$\phi$.  It is not hard to verify that this meta-inference is sound.  If
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for all~$x$ then so is $\psi^x$.  Thus, from $\phi\Imp\psi$ we conclude
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$(\Forall x.\phi^x) \Imp (\Forall x.\psi^x)$.
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\[ (\Forall x.\Var{P@1}(x)) \Imp (\Forall x. \Var{P@1}(x)\disj \Var{Q@1}(x))\]
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avoiding a clash.  Resolving the above with $(\forall I)$ is the meta-inference
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\[ \infer{\Forall x\,y.\Var{P@1}(x,y)) \Imp \forall x\,y.\Var{P@1}(x,y)) }
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         {(\Forall x\,y.\Var{P@1}(x,y)) \Imp 
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               (\Forall x. \forall y.\Var{P@1}(x,y))  &
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          (\Forall x.\Var{P}(x)) \Imp (\forall x.\Var{P}(x))} \]
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resolvent expresses the derived rule
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\[ \vcenter{ \infer{\forall x\,y.Q(x,y)}{Q(x,y)} }
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   \quad\hbox{provided $x$, $y$ not free in the assumptions} 
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I discuss lifting and parameters at length elsewhere~\cite{paulson89}.
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Miller goes into even greater detail~\cite{miller-mixed}.
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\section{Backward proof by resolution}
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\index{resolution!in backward proof}
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forward from facts.  It can also support backward proof, where we start
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with a goal and refine it to progressively simpler subgoals until all have
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been solved.  {\sc lcf} and its descendants {\sc hol} and Nuprl provide
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tactics and tacticals, which constitute a high-level language for
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expressing proof searches.  {\bf Tactics} refine subgoals while {\bf
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  tacticals} combine tactics.
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\index{LCF system}
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Isabelle's tactics and tacticals work differently from {\sc lcf}'s.  An
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Isabelle rule is bidirectional: there is no distinction between
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Isabelle performs refinement by any rule in a uniform fashion, using
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Isabelle works with meta-level theorems of the form
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\( \List{\phi@1; \ldots; \phi@n} \Imp \phi \).
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$\phi@1$,~\ldots,~$\phi@n$ and conclusion~$\phi$.  It can also be viewed as
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the {\bf proof state}\index{proof state}
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with subgoals $\phi@1$,~\ldots,~$\phi@n$ and main
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goal~$\phi$.
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state.  This assertion is, trivially, a theorem.  At a later stage in the
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backward proof, a typical proof state is $\List{\phi@1; \ldots; \phi@n}
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\Imp \phi$.  This proof state is a theorem, ensuring that the subgoals
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$\phi@1$,~\ldots,~$\phi@n$ imply~$\phi$.  If $n=0$ then we have
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proved~$\phi$ outright.  If $\phi$ contains unknowns, they may become
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instantiated during the proof; a proof state may be $\List{\phi@1; \ldots;
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\subsection{Refinement by resolution}
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resolution: 
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\[ \infer{\hbox{new proof state}}{\hbox{rule} & & \hbox{proof state}} \]
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Suppose the rule is $\List{\psi'@1; \ldots; \psi'@m} \Imp \psi'$ after
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lifting over subgoal~$i$'s assumptions and parameters.  If the proof state
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(for~$1\leq i\leq n$)
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\[ (\List{\phi@1; \ldots; \phi@{i-1}; \psi'@1;
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          \ldots; \psi'@m; \phi@{i+1}; \ldots; \phi@n} \Imp \phi)s.  \]
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Substitution~$s$ unifies $\psi'$ with~$\phi@i$.  In the proof state,
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subgoal~$i$ is replaced by $m$ new subgoals, the rule's instantiated premises.
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unknowns in the proof state.  Refinement by~$(\exists I)$, namely
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\[ \Var{P}(\Var{t}) \Imp \exists x. \Var{P}(x), \]
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the proof state.
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\index{assumptions!use of}
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assumptions $\theta@1$, \ldots, $\theta@k$ accumulate, forming a context for
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each subgoal.  Repeated lifting steps can lift a rule into any context.  To
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\begin{equation} \label{context-eqn}
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$\theta@1$,~\ldots~$\theta@k$, or is unifiable with any of them.  This
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with $\lambda x@1 \ldots x@l. \theta$.  Isabelle supplies the parameters
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an assumption~$\theta@j$ that can solve it.  For each unifier, the
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meta-inference returns an instantiated proof state from which the $i$th
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readability and robustness, proofs do not refer to assumptions by number.
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\begin{itemize}
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  \item $Q(a)$, instantiating $\Var{x}\equiv a$
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  \item $Q(b)$, instantiating $\Var{x}\equiv b$
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other subgoals; if we also had the subgoal ${\List{P(b); P(c)} \Imp
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  P(\Var{x})}$, then $\Var{x}\equiv a$ would transform it to ${\List{P(b);
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    P(c)} \Imp P(a)}$, which might be unprovable.
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\subsection{A propositional proof} \label{prop-proof}
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\index{examples!propositional}
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Our first example avoids quantifiers.  Given the main goal $P\disj P\imp
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expressing that the subgoals imply the main goal.  Our aim is to reach the
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state $P\disj P\imp P$; this meta-theorem is the desired result.
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The first step is to refine subgoal~1 by (${\imp}I)$, creating a new state
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Because of lifting, each subgoal contains a copy of the context --- the
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assumption $P\disj P$.  (In fact, this assumption is now redundant; we shall
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meta-theorem, laid out for clarity:
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\[ \begin{array}{l@{}l@{\qquad\qquad}l} 
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  \lbrakk\;& P\disj P\Imp \Var{P@1}\disj\Var{Q@1}; & \hbox{(subgoal 1)} \\
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           & \List{P\disj P; \Var{P@1}} \Imp P;    & \hbox{(subgoal 2)} \\
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           & \List{P\disj P; \Var{Q@1}} \Imp P     & \hbox{(subgoal 3)} \\
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  \rbrakk\;& \Imp (P\disj P\imp P)                 & \hbox{(main goal)}
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Notice the unknowns in the proof state.  Because we have applied $(\disj E)$,
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we must prove some disjunction, $\Var{P@1}\disj\Var{Q@1}$.  Of course,
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subgoal~1 is provable by assumption.  This instantiates both $\Var{P@1}$ and
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$\Var{Q@1}$ to~$P$ throughout the proof state:
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\[ \begin{array}{l@{}l@{\qquad\qquad}l} 
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    \lbrakk\;& \List{P\disj P; P} \Imp P; & \hbox{(subgoal 1)} \\
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             & \List{P\disj P; P} \Imp P  & \hbox{(subgoal 2)} \\
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    \rbrakk\;& \Imp (P\disj P\imp P)      & \hbox{(main goal)}
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   \end{array} \]
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Both of the remaining subgoals can be proved by assumption.  After two such
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steps, the proof state is $P\disj P\imp P$.
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\subsection{A quantifier proof}
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\index{examples!with quantifiers}
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To illustrate quantifiers and $\Forall$-lifting, let us prove
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$(\exists x.P(f(x)))\imp(\exists x.P(x))$.  The initial proof
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state is the trivial meta-theorem 
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\[ (\exists x.P(f(x)))\imp(\exists x.P(x)) \Imp 
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   (\exists x.P(f(x)))\imp(\exists x.P(x)). \]
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As above, the first step is refinement by (${\imp}I)$: 
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\[ (\exists x.P(f(x))\Imp \exists x.P(x)) \Imp 
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   (\exists x.P(f(x)))\imp(\exists x.P(x)) 
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\]
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The next step is $(\exists E)$, which replaces subgoal~1 by two new subgoals.
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Both have the assumption $\exists x.P(f(x))$.  The new proof
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state is the meta-theorem  
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\[ \begin{array}{l@{}l@{\qquad\qquad}l} 
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   \lbrakk\;& \exists x.P(f(x)) \Imp \exists x.\Var{P@1}(x); & \hbox{(subgoal 1)} \\
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            & \Forall x.\List{\exists x.P(f(x)); \Var{P@1}(x)} \Imp 
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                       \exists x.P(x)  & \hbox{(subgoal 2)} \\
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    \rbrakk\;& \Imp (\exists x.P(f(x)))\imp(\exists x.P(x))  & \hbox{(main goal)}
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   \end{array} 
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\]
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The unknown $\Var{P@1}$ appears in both subgoals.  Because we have applied
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$(\exists E)$, we must prove $\exists x.\Var{P@1}(x)$, where $\Var{P@1}(x)$ may
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become any formula possibly containing~$x$.  Proving subgoal~1 by assumption
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instantiates $\Var{P@1}$ to~$\lambda x.P(f(x))$:  
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\[ \left(\Forall x.\List{\exists x.P(f(x)); P(f(x))} \Imp 
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         \exists x.P(x)\right) 
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   \Imp (\exists x.P(f(x)))\imp(\exists x.P(x)) 
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\]
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The next step is refinement by $(\exists I)$.  The rule is lifted into the
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context of the parameter~$x$ and the assumption $P(f(x))$.  This copies
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the context to the subgoal and allows the existential witness to
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depend upon~$x$: 
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\[ \left(\Forall x.\List{\exists x.P(f(x)); P(f(x))} \Imp 
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         P(\Var{x@2}(x))\right) 
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   \Imp (\exists x.P(f(x)))\imp(\exists x.P(x)) 
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\]
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The existential witness, $\Var{x@2}(x)$, consists of an unknown
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applied to a parameter.  Proof by assumption unifies $\lambda x.P(f(x))$ 
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with $\lambda x.P(\Var{x@2}(x))$, instantiating $\Var{x@2}$ to $f$.  The final
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proof state contains no subgoals: $(\exists x.P(f(x)))\imp(\exists x.P(x))$.
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\subsection{Tactics and tacticals}
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\index{tactics|bold}\index{tacticals|bold}
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{\bf Tactics} perform backward proof.  Isabelle tactics differ from those
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of {\sc lcf}, {\sc hol} and Nuprl by operating on entire proof states,
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rather than on individual subgoals.  An Isabelle tactic is a function that
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takes a proof state and returns a sequence (lazy list) of possible
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successor states.  Lazy lists are coded in ML as functions, a standard
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technique~\cite{paulson91}.  Isabelle represents proof states by theorems.
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   957
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Basic tactics execute the meta-rules described above, operating on a
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given subgoal.  The {\bf resolution tactics} take a list of rules and
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return next states for each combination of rule and unifier.  The {\bf
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assumption tactic} examines the subgoal's assumptions and returns next
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states for each combination of assumption and unifier.  Lazy lists are
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essential because higher-order resolution may return infinitely many
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unifiers.  If there are no matching rules or assumptions then no next
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states are generated; a tactic application that returns an empty list is
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said to {\bf fail}.
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Sequences realize their full potential with {\bf tacticals} --- operators
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for combining tactics.  Depth-first search, breadth-first search and
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   970
best-first search (where a heuristic function selects the best state to
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explore) return their outcomes as a sequence.  Isabelle provides such
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procedures in the form of tacticals.  Simpler procedures can be expressed
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directly using the basic tacticals {\tt THEN}, {\tt ORELSE} and {\tt REPEAT}:
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\begin{ttdescription}
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\item[$tac1$ THEN $tac2$] is a tactic for sequential composition.  Applied
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to a proof state, it returns all states reachable in two steps by applying
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   977
$tac1$ followed by~$tac2$.
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   978
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\item[$tac1$ ORELSE $tac2$] is a choice tactic.  Applied to a state, it
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tries~$tac1$ and returns the result if non-empty; otherwise, it uses~$tac2$.
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\item[REPEAT $tac$] is a repetition tactic.  Applied to a state, it
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returns all states reachable by applying~$tac$ as long as possible --- until
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it would fail.  
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\end{ttdescription}
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For instance, this tactic repeatedly applies $tac1$ and~$tac2$, giving
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$tac1$ priority:
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\begin{center} \tt
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REPEAT($tac1$ ORELSE $tac2$)
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\end{center}
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   991
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   992
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\section{Variations on resolution}
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In principle, resolution and proof by assumption suffice to prove all
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theorems.  However, specialized forms of resolution are helpful for working
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with elimination rules.  Elim-resolution applies an elimination rule to an
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assumption; destruct-resolution is similar, but applies a rule in a forward
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style.
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   999
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The last part of the section shows how the techniques for proving theorems
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can also serve to derive rules.
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  1002
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\subsection{Elim-resolution}
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\index{elim-resolution|bold}\index{assumptions!deleting}
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Consider proving the theorem $((R\disj R)\disj R)\disj R\imp R$.  By
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$({\imp}I)$, we prove~$R$ from the assumption $((R\disj R)\disj R)\disj R$.
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Applying $(\disj E)$ to this assumption yields two subgoals, one that
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assumes~$R$ (and is therefore trivial) and one that assumes $(R\disj
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R)\disj R$.  This subgoal admits another application of $(\disj E)$.  Since
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natural deduction never discards assumptions, we eventually generate a
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subgoal containing much that is redundant:
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\[ \List{((R\disj R)\disj R)\disj R; (R\disj R)\disj R; R\disj R; R} \Imp R. \]
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In general, using $(\disj E)$ on the assumption $P\disj Q$ creates two new
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subgoals with the additional assumption $P$ or~$Q$.  In these subgoals,
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$P\disj Q$ is redundant.  Other elimination rules behave
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similarly.  In first-order logic, only universally quantified
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assumptions are sometimes needed more than once --- say, to prove
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$P(f(f(a)))$ from the assumptions $\forall x.P(x)\imp P(f(x))$ and~$P(a)$.
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Many logics can be formulated as sequent calculi that delete redundant
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assumptions after use.  The rule $(\disj E)$ might become
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  1023
\[ \infer[\disj\hbox{-left}]
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         {\Gamma,P\disj Q,\Delta \turn \Theta}
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         {\Gamma,P,\Delta \turn \Theta && \Gamma,Q,\Delta \turn \Theta}  \] 
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In backward proof, a goal containing $P\disj Q$ on the left of the~$\turn$
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(that is, as an assumption) splits into two subgoals, replacing $P\disj Q$
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by $P$ or~$Q$.  But the sequent calculus, with its explicit handling of
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assumptions, can be tiresome to use.
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Elim-resolution is Isabelle's way of getting sequent calculus behaviour
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from natural deduction rules.  It lets an elimination rule consume an
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assumption.  Elim-resolution combines two meta-theorems:
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  1034
\begin{itemize}
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  \item a rule $\List{\psi@1; \ldots; \psi@m} \Imp \psi$
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  \item a proof state $\List{\phi@1; \ldots; \phi@n} \Imp \phi$
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  1037
\end{itemize}
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The rule must have at least one premise, thus $m>0$.  Write the rule's
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lifted form as $\List{\psi'@1; \ldots; \psi'@m} \Imp \psi'$.  Suppose we
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wish to change subgoal number~$i$.
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  1041
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  1042
Ordinary resolution would attempt to reduce~$\phi@i$,
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  1043
replacing subgoal~$i$ by $m$ new ones.  Elim-resolution tries
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  1044
simultaneously to reduce~$\phi@i$ and to solve~$\psi'@1$ by assumption; it
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returns a sequence of next states.  Each of these replaces subgoal~$i$ by
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  1046
instances of $\psi'@2$, \ldots, $\psi'@m$ from which the selected
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  1047
assumption has been deleted.  Suppose $\phi@i$ has the parameter~$x$ and
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  1048
assumptions $\theta@1$,~\ldots,~$\theta@k$.  Then $\psi'@1$, the rule's first
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premise after lifting, will be
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\( \Forall x. \List{\theta@1; \ldots; \theta@k}\Imp \psi^{x}@1 \).
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Elim-resolution tries to unify $\psi'\qeq\phi@i$ and
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$\lambda x. \theta@j \qeq \lambda x. \psi^{x}@1$ simultaneously, for
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  1053
$j=1$,~\ldots,~$k$. 
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Let us redo the example from~\S\ref{prop-proof}.  The elimination rule
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is~$(\disj E)$,
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\[ \List{\Var{P}\disj \Var{Q};\; \Var{P}\Imp \Var{R};\; \Var{Q}\Imp \Var{R}}
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      \Imp \Var{R}  \]
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and the proof state is $(P\disj P\Imp P)\Imp (P\disj P\imp P)$.  The
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lifted rule is
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\[ \begin{array}{l@{}l}
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  \lbrakk\;& P\disj P \Imp \Var{P@1}\disj\Var{Q@1}; \\
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           & \List{P\disj P ;\; \Var{P@1}} \Imp \Var{R@1};    \\
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           & \List{P\disj P ;\; \Var{Q@1}} \Imp \Var{R@1}     \\
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  \rbrakk\;& \Imp \Var{R@1}
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Unification takes the simultaneous equations
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$P\disj P \qeq \Var{P@1}\disj\Var{Q@1}$ and $\Var{R@1} \qeq P$, yielding
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$\Var{P@1}\equiv\Var{Q@1}\equiv\Var{R@1} \equiv P$.  The new proof state
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is simply
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Elim-resolution's simultaneous unification gives better control
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than ordinary resolution.  Recall the substitution rule:
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   \eqno(subst) $$
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Unsuitable for ordinary resolution because $\Var{P}(\Var{u})$ admits many
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unifiers, $(subst)$ works well with elim-resolution.  It deletes some
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assumption of the form $x=y$ and replaces every~$y$ by~$x$ in the subgoal
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formula.  The simultaneous unification instantiates $\Var{u}$ to~$y$; if
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$y$ is not an unknown, then $\Var{P}(y)$ can easily be unified with another
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formula.  
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In logical parlance, the premise containing the connective to be eliminated
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is called the \bfindex{major premise}.  Elim-resolution expects the major
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premise to come first.  The order of the premises is significant in
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Isabelle.
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\subsection{Destruction rules} \label{destruct}
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\index{rules!destruction}\index{rules!elimination}
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\index{forward proof}
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Looking back to Fig.\ts\ref{fol-fig}, notice that there are two kinds of
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elimination rule.  The rules $({\conj}E1)$, $({\conj}E2)$, $({\imp}E)$ and
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$({\forall}E)$ extract the conclusion from the major premise.  In Isabelle
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parlance, such rules are called {\bf destruction rules}; they are readable
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and easy to use in forward proof.  The rules $({\disj}E)$, $({\bot}E)$ and
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$({\exists}E)$ work by discharging assumptions; they support backward proof
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in a style reminiscent of the sequent calculus.
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The latter style is the most general form of elimination rule.  In natural
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deduction, there is no way to recast $({\disj}E)$, $({\bot}E)$ or
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$({\exists}E)$ as destruction rules.  But we can write general elimination
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rules for $\conj$, $\imp$ and~$\forall$:
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\[
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\infer{R}{P\conj Q & \infer*{R}{[P,Q]}} \qquad
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\infer{R}{P\imp Q & P & \infer*{R}{[Q]}}  \qquad
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\infer{Q}{\forall x.P & \infer*{Q}{[P[t/x]]}} 
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\]
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Because they are concise, destruction rules are simpler to derive than the
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corresponding elimination rules.  To facilitate their use in backward
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proof, Isabelle provides a means of transforming a destruction rule such as
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\[ \infer[\quad\hbox{to the elimination rule}\quad]{Q}{P@1 & \ldots & P@m} 
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{\bf Destruct-resolution}\index{destruct-resolution} combines this
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transformation with elim-resolution.  It applies a destruction rule to some
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assumption of a subgoal.  Given the rule above, it replaces the
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assumption~$P@1$ by~$Q$, with new subgoals of showing instances of $P@2$,
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\ldots,~$P@m$.  Destruct-resolution works forward from a subgoal's
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assumptions.  Ordinary resolution performs forward reasoning from theorems,
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as illustrated in~\S\ref{joining}.
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\subsection{Deriving rules by resolution}  \label{deriving}
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\index{rules!derived|bold}\index{meta-assumptions!syntax of}
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The meta-logic, itself a form of the predicate calculus, is defined by a
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system of natural deduction rules.  Each theorem may depend upon
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meta-assumptions.  The theorem that~$\phi$ follows from the assumptions
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$\phi@1$, \ldots, $\phi@n$ is written
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\[ \phi \quad [\phi@1,\ldots,\phi@n]. \]
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Meta-level natural deduction provides a convenient mechanism for deriving
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new object-level rules.  To derive the rule
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\[ \infer{\phi,}{\theta@1 & \ldots & \theta@k} \]
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meta-level.  Then prove $\phi$, possibly using these assumptions.
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Starting with a proof state $\phi\Imp\phi$, assumptions may accumulate,
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reaching a final state such as
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\[ \phi \quad [\theta@1,\ldots,\theta@k]. \]
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The meta-rule for $\Imp$ introduction discharges an assumption.
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Discharging them in the order $\theta@k,\ldots,\theta@1$ yields the
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meta-theorem $\List{\theta@1; \ldots; \theta@k} \Imp \phi$, with no
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assumptions.  This represents the desired rule.
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Let us derive the general $\conj$ elimination rule:
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$$ \infer{R}{P\conj Q & \infer*{R}{[P,Q]}}  \eqno(\conj E)$$
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the state $R\Imp R$.  Resolving this with the second assumption yields the
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state 
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\[ \phantom{\List{P\conj Q;\; P\conj Q}}
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   \llap{$\List{P;Q}$}\Imp R \quad [\,\List{P;Q}\Imp R\,]. \]
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Resolving subgoals~1 and~2 with~$({\conj}E1)$ and~$({\conj}E2)$,
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   \quad [\,\List{P;Q}\Imp R\,]. 
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The unknowns $\Var{Q@1}$ and~$\Var{P@2}$ arise from unconstrained
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subformulae in the premises of~$({\conj}E1)$ and~$({\conj}E2)$.  Resolving
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\[ R \quad [\, \List{P;Q}\Imp R, P\conj Q \,]. \]
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The proof may use the meta-assumptions in any order, and as often as
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necessary; when finished, we discharge them in the correct order to
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\[ \List{P\conj Q;\; \List{P;Q}\Imp R} \Imp R \]
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We have derived the rule using free variables, which prevents their
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premature instantiation during the proof; we may now replace them by
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schematic variables.
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\begin{warn}
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