Unbounded Proof-Length Speed-Up in Deduction Modulo

  • Guillaume Burel
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4646)


In 1973, Parikh proved a speed-up theorem conjectured by Gödel 37 years before: there exist arithmetical formulæ that are provable in first order arithmetic, but whose shorter proof in second order arithmetic is arbitrarily smaller than any proof in first order. On the other hand, resolution for higher order logic can be simulated step by step in a first order narrowing and resolution method based on deduction modulo, whose paradigm is to separate deduction and computation to make proofs clearer and shorter.

We prove that i + 1-th order arithmetic can be linearly simulated into i-th order arithmetic modulo some confluent and terminating rewrite system. We also show that there exists a speed-up between i-th order arithmetic modulo this system and i-th order arithmetic without modulo. All this allows us to prove that the speed-up conjectured by Gödel does not come from the deductive part of the proofs, but can be expressed as simple computation, therefore justifying the use of deduction modulo as an efficient first order setting simulating higher order.


proof theory rewriting higher order logic arithmetic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guillaume Burel
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  1. 1.Universitè Henri Poincarè & LORIA, Campus scientifique BP 239 — 54506 Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy CedexFrance

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