A consistent foundation for Isabelle/HOL

Kunčar, Ondřej and Popescu, Andrei (2015) A consistent foundation for Isabelle/HOL. Interactive Theorem Proving. ITP 2015. In: 6th conference on Interactive Theorem Proving (ITP), 24-27 Aug 2015, Nanjing, China. ISBN 9783319221014. ISSN 0302-9743 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-22102-1_16)

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The interactive theorem prover Isabelle/HOL is based on well understood Higher-Order Logic (HOL), which is widely believed to be consistent (and provably consistent in set theory by a standard semantic argument). However, Isabelle/HOL brings its own personal touch to HOL: overloaded constant definitions, used to achieve Haskell-like type classes in the user space. These features are a delight for the users, but unfortunately are not easy to get right as an extension of HOL—they have a history of inconsistent behavior. It has been an open question under which criteria overloaded constant definitions and type definitions can be combined together while still guaranteeing consistency. This paper presents a solution to this problem: non-overlapping definitions and termination of the definition-dependency relation (tracked not only through constants but also through types) ensures relative consistency of Isabelle/HOL.

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Kunčar O., Popescu A. (2015) A Consistent Foundation for Isabelle/HOL. In: Urban C., Zhang X. (eds) Interactive Theorem Proving. ITP 2015. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9236. Springer, Cham
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Foundations of Computing group
Item ID: 16073
Notes on copyright: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22102-1_16
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Depositing User: Andrei Popescu
Date Deposited: 19 May 2015 08:50
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 19:20
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16073

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