# Re: [isabelle] Matching done by the transfer method

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>> As far as I know, that works. If you have a transfer rule "R f (g h)" and
> your goal contains "g h", that term is transferred to f.
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> If your rule is, let's say, "R f (%P. g P)" and your goal contains g R,
> this is not magically transferred to "f R". Because in order to transfer g,
> a rule "R ? g" is expected.
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> But concerning your example with quantifiers, I think you can use Ball
> constant instead
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> "((R ===> op =) ===> op =) All (Ball {0..})",
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> similarly to HOL/ex/Transfer_Int_Nat.thy.
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Yes, Ball works, and some composite expressions work.
But suppose we have the transfer rules
"(BN ===> op ⟷) T P"
"((BN ===> op ⟷) ===> op ⟷) All (λ Q. (∀ x>0. Q x))"
and goal
"(λ Q. (∀ x>0. Q x)) (λx. P x)"
(note that this is exactly the same as "∀ x>0. P x"). The transfer rules
match the goal perfectly, but when "(λ Q. (∀ x>0. Q x)) (λx. P x)" is
parsed by Isabelle it states the goal as "∀ x>0. P x" and apparently the
transfer method tries to find a match for that expression, and not the more
"internal" one.
Thanks for your help. I'll stop repeating myself now.
Daniel

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