Algebraic simplification is examined first from the point of view of a user who needs to comprehend a large expression, and second from the point of view of a designer who wants to construct a useful and efficient system. First we describe various techniques akin to substitution. These techniques can be used to decrease the size of an expression and make it more intelligible to a user. Then we delineate the spectrum of approaches to the design of automatic simplification capabilities in an… Expand