Intuitive and Formal Representations: The Case of Matrices

  • Martin Pollet
  • Volker Sorge
  • Manfred Kerber
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3119)


A major obstacle for bridging the gap between textbook mathematics and formalising it on a computer is the problem how to adequately capture the intuition inherent in the mathematical notation when formalising mathematical concepts. While logic is an excellent tool to represent certain mathematical concepts it often fails to retain all the information implicitly given in the representation of some mathematical objects. In this paper we concern ourselves with matrices, whose representation can be particularly rich in implicit information. We analyse different types of matrices and present a mechanism that can represent them very close to their textbook style appearance and captures the information contained in this representation but that nevertheless allows for their compilation into a formal logical framework. This firstly allows for a more human-oriented interface and secondly enables efficient reasoning with matrices.


Formal Representation Mathematical Object Block Matrix Block Matrice Intermediate Representation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Pollet
    • 1
    • 2
  • Volker Sorge
    • 2
  • Manfred Kerber
    • 2
  1. 1.Fachbereich InformatikUniversität des SaarlandesGermany
  2. 2.School of Computer ScienceThe University of BirminghamEngland

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