Who Finds the Short Proof? An Exploration of Variants of Boolos' Curious Inference using Higher-order Automated Theorem Provers

  title={Who Finds the Short Proof? An Exploration of Variants of Boolos' Curious Inference using Higher-order Automated Theorem Provers},
  author={Christoph Benzm{\"u}ller and David Fuenmayor and Alexander Steen and Geoff Sutcliffe},
This paper reports on an exploration of Boolos’ Curious Inference, using higher-order automated theorem provers (ATPs). Surprisingly, only suitable shorthand notations had to be provided by hand for ATPs to find a short proof. The higher-order lemmas required for constructing a short proof are automatically discovered by the ATPs. Given the observa-tions and suggestions in this paper, full proof automation of Boolos’ and related examples now seems to be within reach of higher-order ATPs 



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