Proof by mathematical induction gives rise to various kinds of eureka steps, e.g., missing lemmata and generalization. Most inductive theorem provers rely upon user intervention in supplying the required eureka steps. In contrast, we present a novel theorem-proving architecture for supporting the automatic discovery of eureka steps. We build upon rippling, a search control heuristic designed for inductive reasoning. We show how the failure if rippling can be used in bridging gaps in the search for inductive proofs. © 1996 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
|Number of pages||33|
|Journal||Journal of Automated Reasoning|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
- Automated theorem proving
- Mathematical induction
- Proof patching