Using Animation in Diagrammatic Theorem Proving
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- Winterstein D., Bundy A., Gurr C., Jamnik M. (2002) Using Animation in Diagrammatic Theorem Proving. In: Hegarty M., Meyer B., Narayanan N.H. (eds) Diagrammatic Representation and Inference. Diagrams 2002. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2317. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Diagrams have many uses in mathematics, one of the most ambitious of which is as a form of proof. The domain we consider is real analysis, where quantification issues are subtle but crucial. Computers offer new possibilities in diagrammatic reasoning, one of which is animation. Here we develop animated rules as a solution to problems of quantification. We show a simple application of this to constraint diagrams, and also how it can deal with the more complex questions of quantification and generalisation in diagrams that use more specific representations. This allows us to tackle difficult theorems that previously could only be proved algebraically.
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