Flexible Coinduction in Agda

02/14/2020 ∙ by Luca Ciccone, et al. ∙ 0

Theorem provers are tools that help users to write machine readable proofs. Some of this tools are also interactive. The need of such softwares is increasing since they provide proofs that are more certified than the hand written ones. Agda is based on type theory and on the propositions-as-types correspondence and has a Haskell-like syntax. This means that a proof of a statement is turned into a function. Inference systems are a way of defining inductive and coinductive predicates and induction and coinduction principles are provided to help proving their correctness with respect to a given specification in terms of soundness and completeness. Generalized inference systems deal with predicates whose inductive and coinductive interpretations do not provide the expected set of judgments. In this case inference systems are enriched by corules that are rules that can be applied at infinite depth in a proof tree. Induction and coinduction principles cannot be used in case of generalized inference systems and the bounded coinduction one has been proposed. We first present how Agda supports inductive and coinductive types highlighting the fact that data structures and predicates are defined using the same constructs. Then we move to the main topic of this thesis, which is investigating how generalized inference systems can be implemented and how their correctness can be proved.

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