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EPSRC Reference: EP/G002290/1
Title: Automated Formal Proofs for Polynomial and Transcendental Problems
Principal Investigator: Paulson, Professor LC
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Department: Computer Laboratory
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 September 2008 Ends: 31 August 2009 Value (£): 86,405
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Fundamentals of Computing
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No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
21 Apr 2008 ICT Prioritisation Panel (April 2008) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Many applications in science and engineering involve mathematical formulas. Such formulas may involve polynomials, logarithms, exponentials and related functions, perhaps combined using logical symbols to express conditional statements. No automatic procedure exists for solving such problems in the general case. Where automatic procedures do exist, they are often far too expensive (in terms of computer time and memory requirements) to use in practice. However, a judicious selection of specialised procedures can yield efficient solutions for many problems that arise in practice. The proposal is to identify and implement variety of such procedures.This work will be undertaken in the context of software tools known as interactive theorem provers. These tools perform logical deductions to be very high degree of reliability; they are increasingly being utilised to help assure correctness for safety critical applications. A primary challenge of this project is to reconcile the detailed low-level checking used in interactive theorem provers with the high-level reasoning typical of most approaches to solving mathematical formulas. One fruitful technique is to deliver evidence from the mathematical solver to the interactive theorem prover: for some types of problems, finding the solution is difficult, but verifying a claimed solution is easy.
Key Findings
The purpose of this one-year project was to deliver specialised algorithmic support for problems involving polynomials and transcendental functions. The general case being intractable, the point was to identify and solve important special cases. The outcome consisted largely of code, added to the Isabelle theorem prover, for deciding important classes of arithmetic problems. An additional outcome is an Isabelle theory of formal power series, which provides a basis for formalising approximations to transcendental functions.
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Information & Communication Technologies
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