Challenge problems focusing on equality and combinatory logic: Evaluating automated theorem-proving programs

  • Larry Wos
  • William McCune
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 310)


In this paper, we offer a set of problems for evaluating the power of automated theorem-proving programs and the potential of new ideas. Since the problems published in the proceedings of the first CADE conference proved to be so useful, and since researchers are now far more disposed to implementing and testing their ideas, a new set of problems is in order to complement those that have been widely studied. In general, the new problems provide a far greater challenge for an automated theorem-proving program than those in the first set do. Indeed, to our knowledge, five of the six problems we propose for study have never been proved with a theorem-proving program. For each problem, we give a set of statements that can easily be translated into a standard set of clauses. We also state each problem in its mathematical and logical form. In many cases, we provide a proof of the theorem from which a problem is taken so that one can measure a program's progress in its attempt to solve the problem. Two of the theorems we discuss are of especial interest in that they answer previously open questions concerning the constructibility of two types of combinator. We also include a brief description of a new strategy for restricting the application of paramodulation. All of the problems we propose for study emphasize the role of equality. This paper is tutorial in nature.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry Wos
    • 1
  • William McCune
    • 1
  1. 1.Mathematics and Computer Science DivisionArgonne National LaboratoryArgonne

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