# Re: [isabelle] Well-foundedness of Relational Composition

I have just added it. You are welcome to send me an improved version later.

Tobias

On 26/04/2015 15:51, Tjark Weber wrote:
Tobias,

On Sun, 2015-04-26 at 09:24 +0200, Tobias Nipkow wrote:
I'll be happy to include it in HOL/Wellfounded.thy if you do me the favour of
getting rid of metis - it is not available at that theory yet.

Certainly. A proof that uses only simp and blast is attached.

Maybe somebody can also think of a more telling name suffix than "_compatible".

This was inspired by the existing lemma wf_union_compatible. Of course,
it is a terrible name.

Best,
Tjark

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lemma wf_relcomp_compatible:
assumes "wf R" and "R O S \<subseteq> S O R"
shows "wf (S O R)"
proof (rule wfI_pf)
fix A assume A: "A \<subseteq> (S O R) `` A"
{
fix n have "(S ^^ n) `` A \<subseteq> R `` (S ^^ Suc n) `` A"
proof (induction n)
case 0 show ?case
using A by (simp add: relcomp_Image)
next
case (Suc n)
then have "S `` (S ^^ n) `` A \<subseteq> S `` R `` (S ^^ Suc n)
`` A"
also have "\<dots> \<subseteq> R `` S `` (S ^^ Suc n) `` A"
using assms(2) by (simp add: Image_mono O_assoc
relcomp_Image[symmetric] relcomp_mono)
finally show ?case
qed
}
then have "(\<Union>n. (S ^^ n) `` A) \<subseteq> R `` (\<Union>n. (S
^^ n) `` A)"
by blast
then have "(\<Union>n. (S ^^ n) `` A) = {}"
using assms(1) by (simp only: wfE_pf)
then show "A = {}"
using relpow.simps(1) by blast
qed

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