Fast Reflexive Arithmetic Tactics the Linear Case and Beyond

  • Frédéric Besson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4502)


When goals fall in decidable logic fragments, users of proof-assistants expect automation. However, despite the availability of decision procedures, automation does not come for free. The reason is that decision procedures do not generate proof terms. In this paper, we show how to design efficient and lightweight reflexive tactics for a hierarchy of quantifier-free fragments of integer arithmetics. The tactics can cope with a wide class of linear and non-linear goals. For each logic fragment, off-the-shelf algorithms generate certificates of infeasibility that are then validated by straightforward reflexive checkers proved correct inside the proof-assistant. This approach has been prototyped using the Coq proof-assistant. Preliminary experiments are promising as the tactics run fast and produce small proof terms.


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  • Frédéric Besson
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  1. 1.Irisa/Inria, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes CedexFrance

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