# Re: [isabelle] Domain proof

```On my system, the nicest proof sledgehammer finds (after I provide a
suitable witness, as Peter suggested) is something like  "by (metis
(lifting, full_types) dom_const dom_restrict inf_top.left_neutral
someI_ex)", which takes over a second to run.

These proofs often get a bit tricky because Higher Order Unification
does strange things with the someI/someI_ex rules and therefore, one
often has to instantiate them manually. I would prove your lemmas like this:

lemma "dom (SOME b. dom b = A) = A"
by (rule someI_ex[where P = "λb. dom b = A"],
rule exI[where x = "(λ_. Some undefined) |` A"], simp)

Or, alternatively, if you prefer a more readable Isar proof:

lemma "dom (SOME b. dom b = A) = A"
proof-
let ?f = "(λ_. Some undefined) |` A"
have "dom ?f = A" by simp
thus ?thesis by (rule someI[where P = "λb. dom b = A"])
qed

In case you're wondering what "(λ_. Some undefined) |` A" is: "(λ_. Some
undefined)" is simply a partial function that is defined everywhere and
always returns "undefined", which is some fixed value of your codomain
type about which you know nothing – except that it exists. |` A then
restricts this function to A, i.e. returns "None" everywhere except for
values in A. You could also write "(λx. if x ∈ A then Some undefined
else None)"

Note that without the explicit "where" instantiations in someI and
someI_ex, it does not work because unification  does not produce the
unifier I want. In fact, I'm curious as to why this happens myself. Can
anybody explain this?

Cheers,
Manuel

On 01/17/2014 05:34 PM, Peter Lammich wrote:
> On Fr, 2014-01-17 at 18:03 +0200, Roger H. wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> how can i prove
>>
>> lemma "dom (SOME b. dom b = A) = A"
>>
> You have to show that there is such a beast b, ie,
>
> proof -
>   obtain b where "dom b = A" ...
>   thus ?thesis
> 	sledgehammer (*Should find a proof now, using the rules for SOME,
> probably SomeI*)
>
> -- Peter
>
>
>> Thank you!
>>
>
>

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