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\chapter{Substitution Tactics} \label{substitution} 

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\index{tactics!substitution(}\index{equality(} 
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Replacing equals by equals is a basic form of reasoning. Isabelle supports 
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several kinds of equality reasoning. {\bf Substitution} means replacing 
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free occurrences of~$t$ by~$u$ in a subgoal. This is easily done, given an 
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equality $t=u$, provided the logic possesses the appropriate rule. The 
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tactic {\tt hyp_subst_tac} performs substitution even in the assumptions. 

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But it works via objectlevel implication, and therefore must be specially 

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set up for each suitable objectlogic. 

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Substitution should not be confused with objectlevel {\bf rewriting}. 

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Given equalities of the form $t=u$, rewriting replaces instances of~$t$ by 

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corresponding instances of~$u$, and continues until it reaches a normal 

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form. Substitution handles `oneoff' replacements by particular 

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equalities while rewriting handles general equations. 
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Chapter~\ref{chap:simplification} discusses Isabelle's rewriting tactics. 
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\section{Substitution rules} 
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\index{substitution!rules}\index{*subst theorem} 

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Many logics include a substitution rule of the form 

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$$ 
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\List{\Var{a}=\Var{b}; \Var{P}(\Var{a})} \Imp 

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\Var{P}(\Var{b}) \eqno(subst) 

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In backward proof, this may seem difficult to use: the conclusion 
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$\Var{P}(\Var{b})$ admits far too many unifiers. But, if the theorem {\tt 

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eqth} asserts $t=u$, then \hbox{\tt eqth RS subst} is the derived rule 

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\[ \Var{P}(t) \Imp \Var{P}(u). \] 

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Provided $u$ is not an unknown, resolution with this rule is 

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wellbehaved.\footnote{Unifying $\Var{P}(u)$ with a formula~$Q$ 

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expresses~$Q$ in terms of its dependence upon~$u$. There are still $2^k$ 

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unifiers, if $Q$ has $k$ occurrences of~$u$, but Isabelle ensures that 

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the first unifier includes all the occurrences.} To replace $u$ by~$t$ in 

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subgoal~$i$, use 

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resolve_tac [eqth RS subst] \(i\){\it.} 
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\end{ttbox} 
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To replace $t$ by~$u$ in 

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subgoal~$i$, use 

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\begin{ttbox} 

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resolve_tac [eqth RS ssubst] \(i\){\it,} 
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\end{ttbox} 
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where \tdxbold{ssubst} is the `swapped' substitution rule 
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$$ 
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\List{\Var{a}=\Var{b}; \Var{P}(\Var{b})} \Imp 

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If \tdx{sym} denotes the symmetry rule 
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\(\Var{a}=\Var{b}\Imp\Var{b}=\Var{a}\), then {\tt ssubst} is just 
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\hbox{\tt sym RS subst}. Many logics with equality include the rules {\tt 

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subst} and {\tt ssubst}, as well as {\tt refl}, {\tt sym} and {\tt trans} 

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(for the usual equality laws). Examples include {\tt FOL} and {\tt HOL}, 
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but not {\tt CTT} (Constructive Type Theory). 

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Elimresolution is wellbehaved with assumptions of the form $t=u$. 

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To replace $u$ by~$t$ or $t$ by~$u$ in subgoal~$i$, use 

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\begin{ttbox} 

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eresolve_tac [subst] \(i\) {\rm or} eresolve_tac [ssubst] \(i\){\it.} 
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\end{ttbox} 
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Logics \HOL, {\FOL} and {\ZF} define the tactic \ttindexbold{stac} by 
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\begin{ttbox} 
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fun stac eqth = CHANGED o rtac (eqth RS ssubst); 
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\end{ttbox} 
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Now {\tt stac~eqth} is like {\tt resolve_tac [eqth RS ssubst]} but with the 
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valuable property of failing if the substitution has no effect. 
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\section{Substitution in the hypotheses} 

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\index{assumptions!substitution in} 
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Substitution rules, like other rules of natural deduction, do not affect 
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the assumptions. This can be inconvenient. Consider proving the subgoal 

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\[ \List{c=a; c=b} \Imp a=b. \] 

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Calling {\tt eresolve_tac\ts[ssubst]\ts\(i\)} simply discards the 
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assumption~$c=a$, since $c$ does not occur in~$a=b$. Of course, we can 
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work out a solution. First apply {\tt eresolve_tac\ts[subst]\ts\(i\)}, 
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replacing~$a$ by~$c$: 
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Equality reasoning can be difficult, but this trivial proof requires 

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nothing more sophisticated than substitution in the assumptions. 

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Objectlogics that include the rule~$(subst)$ provide tactics for this 
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purpose: 
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hyp_subst_tac : int > tactic 
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bound_hyp_subst_tac : int > tactic 

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\end{ttbox} 
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\begin{ttdescription} 
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\item[\ttindexbold{hyp_subst_tac} {\it i}] 
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selects an equality assumption of the form $t=u$ or $u=t$, where $t$ is a 
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free variable or parameter. Deleting this assumption, it replaces $t$ 

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by~$u$ throughout subgoal~$i$, including the other assumptions. 

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is similar but only substitutes for parameters (bound variables). 

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Uses for this are discussed below. 

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The term being replaced must be a free variable or parameter. Substitution 
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for constants is usually unhelpful, since they may appear in other 

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theorems. For instance, the best way to use the assumption $0=1$ is to 

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contradict a theorem that states $0\not=1$, rather than to replace 0 by~1 

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in the subgoal! 

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Substitution for unknowns, such as $\Var{x}=0$, is a bad idea: we might prove 
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the subgoal more easily by instantiating~$\Var{x}$ to~1. 
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Substitution for free variables is unhelpful if they appear in the 
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premises of a rule being derived: the substitution affects objectlevel 
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assumptions, not metalevel assumptions. For instance, replacing~$a$ 
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by~$b$ could make the premise~$P(a)$ worthless. To avoid this problem, use 
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{\tt bound_hyp_subst_tac}; alternatively, call \ttindex{cut_facts_tac} to 

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insert the atomic premises as objectlevel assumptions. 

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\section{Setting up {\tt hyp_subst_tac}} 

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Many Isabelle objectlogics, such as {\tt FOL}, {\tt HOL} and their 

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descendants, come with {\tt hyp_subst_tac} already defined. A few others, 

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such as {\tt CTT}, do not support this tactic because they lack the 

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rule~$(subst)$. When defining a new logic that includes a substitution 

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rule and implication, you must set up {\tt hyp_subst_tac} yourself. It 

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is packaged as the \ML{} functor \ttindex{HypsubstFun}, which takes the 

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argument signature~{\tt HYPSUBST_DATA}: 
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signature HYPSUBST_DATA = 

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structure Simplifier : SIMPLIFIER 
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val dest_eq : term > term*term 
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val eq_reflection : thm (* a=b ==> a==b *) 
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val imp_intr : thm (* (P ==> Q) ==> P>Q *) 
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val rev_mp : thm (* [ P; P>Q ] ==> Q *) 
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val subst : thm (* [ a=b; P(a) ] ==> P(b) *) 
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val sym : thm (* a=b ==> b=a *) 
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Thus, the functor requires the following items: 

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\item[Simplifier] should be an instance of the simplifier (see 
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Chapter~\ref{chap:simplification}). 
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\item[\ttindexbold{dest_eq}] should return the pair~$(t,u)$ when 
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applied to the \ML{} term that represents~$t=u$. For other terms, it 
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should raise exception~\xdx{Match}. 
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\item[\tdxbold{eq_reflection}] is the theorem discussed 
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in~\S\ref{sec:settingupsimp}. 
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\item[\tdxbold{imp_intr}] should be the implies introduction 
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rule $(\Var{P}\Imp\Var{Q})\Imp \Var{P}\imp\Var{Q}$. 
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\item[\tdxbold{rev_mp}] should be the `reversed' implies elimination 
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rule $\List{\Var{P}; \;\Var{P}\imp\Var{Q}} \Imp \Var{Q}$. 
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\item[\tdxbold{subst}] should be the substitution rule 
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$\List{\Var{a}=\Var{b};\; \Var{P}(\Var{a})} \Imp \Var{P}(\Var{b})$. 
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\item[\tdxbold{sym}] should be the symmetry rule 
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$\Var{a}=\Var{b}\Imp\Var{b}=\Var{a}$. 
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\end{ttdescription} 
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The functor resides in file {\tt Provers/hypsubst.ML} in the Isabelle 
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distribution directory. It is not sensitive to the precise formalization 
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of the objectlogic. It is not concerned with the names of the equality 

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and implication symbols, or the types of formula and terms. Coding the 

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function {\tt dest_eq} requires knowledge of Isabelle's representation of 

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terms. For {\tt FOL} it is defined by 

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fun dest_eq (Const("Trueprop",_) $ (Const("op =",_)$t$u)) = (t,u) 
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Here {\tt Trueprop} is the coercion from type~$o$ to type~$prop$, while 
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\hbox{\tt op =} is the internal name of the infix operator~{\tt=}. 
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for the types. 
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The tactic {\tt hyp_subst_tac} works as follows. First, it identifies a 
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suitable equality assumption, possibly reorienting it using~{\tt sym}. Then 
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it moves other assumptions into the conclusion of the goal, by repeatedly 
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caling {\tt eresolve_tac\ts[rev_mp]}. Then, it uses {\tt asm_full_simp_tac} 
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or {\tt ssubst} to substitute throughout the subgoal. (If the equality 
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involves unknowns then it must use {\tt ssubst}.) Then, it deletes the 
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equality. Finally, it moves the assumptions back to their original positions 
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by calling \hbox{\tt resolve_tac\ts[imp_intr]}. 
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\index{equality)}\index{tactics!substitution)} 