*To*: cl-isabelle-users at lists.cam.ac.uk*Subject*: Re: [isabelle] Infinity - infinity = infinity*From*: Johannes Hölzl <hoelzl at in.tum.de>*Date*: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:00:47 +0100*In-reply-to*: <6592A55E-9169-4BBE-8D8E-5A2F8E7718C4@inria.fr>*Organization*: TU München*References*: <6592A55E-9169-4BBE-8D8E-5A2F8E7718C4@inria.fr>

Dear Jasmin, Are you sure your definition works? I don't think cancel_comm_monoid_add will ever hold for enat or ennreal for a reasonable definition of minus. "a + b - a = b" is independent of the definition of minus: if a is â then we always get "â - a = b" I would love to have better support for minus on enat and ennreal. Andreas added a couple of years ago support for cancellation of additive and multiplicative terms. Maybe we can also add something like this for minus? When I added ennreal I also thought about adding additional type classes for enat and ennreal with a better support for non-cancellable monoids. I think we can factor out some theorems from existing type classes, like add_diff_assoc2. Or the second rule of cancel_comm_monoid_add. - Johannes Am Freitag, den 02.12.2016, 16:01 +0100 schrieb Jasmin Blanchette: > Dear all, > > As noted before on this mailing list, automation for "enat" > ("Library/Extended_Nat.thy") is quite poor. Often, the only way to > proceed is to perform case distinctions on all "enat" and use auto on > the emerging subgoals. > > My impression is that many type classes are not available because of > the definition of subtraction. Because "â - â = â" (where "â" is the > infinity symbol), we lack one of the two properties required by > "cancel_comm_monoid_add": > > Â1. âa b. a + b - a = b > Â2. âa b c. a - b - c = a - (b + c) > > and we lack the third property required by "comm_semiring_1_cancel": > > Â3. âa b c. a * (b - c) = a * b - a * c > > Counterexample for 1: a = â, b = 0. > Counterexample for 3: a = â, b = c = 1. > > These omissions affect further layers in the type class hierarchy -- > e.g. we cannot use "ordered_cancel_comm_monoid_diff", even though > some of its theorems (e.g. "add_diff_assoc2") turn out to hold. > > My proposal is to change the definition of subtraction so that "â - â > = 0" and to instantiate the missing type classes. I believe this > would make "enat" much less painful to use, and mathematically I'm > not so convinced that "â - â = â" is such a great idea anyway. > Indeed, I have recently implemented ordinals below Î_0 in Isabelle > and was able to have much better automation than with "enat", and > there we have Ï - Ï = 0. > > "enat" occurs in about 70 ".thy" files in Isabelle and the AFP, so > this change (including the type class instantiations) seems quite > manageable. We (= Mathias and I) would wait until after the 2016-1 > release to avoid any interference. > > Any opinions for or against? > > Jasmin > >

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