# Re: [isabelle] General nitpick/sledge... [got a more flexible solution anyway]

By asking questions here, it makes me think harder and work harder, to try and keep from saying something that's wrong.
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First, one of the biggest things I got out of this is the idea of running Nitpick on both a theorem and it's negation. I'm thinking that if both a "theorem" and its negation are both false, then that's a problem. I'd still like to ask that question, "Uh, if Nitpick finds a counterexample, does that mean..." Negative logic can mess me up. "Inconsistent" isn't part of the vocabulary of a typical math education. I have to deprogram myself.
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I have just now had a revelation. If I can run Nitpick on a theorem and its negation, then I can run Sledgehammer on a theorem and its negation. I'll need to write some macros so I don't spend my life cutting, pasting, and typing, and eventually get that quad core notebook. I see that dummy_thf prover again. It never proves a thing.
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My more-flexible solution is to not use the HOL "=", but use my own undefined "EQ", like this:
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consts eqS::"[sT,sT] => bool" (infixl "EQ" 51)

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Of course, I still want to make it easy to experiment, and switch in and out the HOL "=", so I comment out eqS, and use:
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abbreviation eqS::"[sT,sT] => bool" (infixl "EQ" 51) where "x EQ y == x = y"

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My constant eqS is more conceptually satisfying because it doesn't make any sense to use it if it hasn't been defined in any way. If I use it without defining it, I end up with that same inconsistency that I get when I use the HOL "=", but the HOL "=" is defined, though it still might not make sense to use it the way I was using it.
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I also get an <-> that's not identical to my equal operator. As to how easy or hard it makes things to prove, I don't anything about that yet.
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Regards,
GB

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