Automated Mathematical Induction

1995 Journal of Logic and Computation  
Proofs by induction are important in many computer science and arti cial intelligence applications, in particular, in program veri cation and speci cation systems. We present a new method to prove (and disprove) automatically inductive properties. Given a set of axioms, a well-suited induction scheme is constructed automatically. We call such an induction scheme a test set. Then, for proving a property, we just instantiate it with terms from the test set and apply pure algebraic simpli cation
more » ... the result. This method needs no completion and explicit induction. However it retains their positive features, namely, the completeness of the former and the robustness of the latter. It has been implemented in the theorem-prover SPIKE 1 .
doi:10.1093/logcom/5.5.631 fatcat:4z7dvzo74zflfduyzs5grwceka