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# Lab for Automated Reasoning and Analysis LARA

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Suppose $Ax$ is a complete recursive axiomatization. There are two cases, depending on whether $Ax$ is consistent. | Suppose $Ax$ is a complete recursive axiomatization. There are two cases, depending on whether $Ax$ is consistent. | ||

- | * **Case 1):** The set $Ax$ is inconsistent, that is, there are not models for $Ax$. Then $Conseq(Ax)$ is the set of all first-order sentences and there is a trivial algorithm for checking whether $F \in Conseq(Ax)$: always return true. | + | * **Case 1):** The set $Ax$ is inconsistent, that is, there are no models for $Ax$. Then $Conseq(Ax)$ is the set of all first-order sentences and there is a trivial algorithm for checking whether $F \in Conseq(Ax)$: always return true. |

* **Case 2):** The set $Ax$ is consistent. Given $F$, to check whether $F \in Conseq(Ax)$ we run in parallel two complete theorem provers (which exist by [[lecture10|Herbrand theorem]]), the first one trying to prove the formula $F$, the second one trying to prove the formula $\lnot F$; the procedure terminates if any of these theorem provers succeed (the theorem provers simultaneously searches for longer and longer proofs from a larger and larger finite subsets of $Ax$). We show that this is an algorithm that decides $F \in Conseq(Ax)$. | * **Case 2):** The set $Ax$ is consistent. Given $F$, to check whether $F \in Conseq(Ax)$ we run in parallel two complete theorem provers (which exist by [[lecture10|Herbrand theorem]]), the first one trying to prove the formula $F$, the second one trying to prove the formula $\lnot F$; the procedure terminates if any of these theorem provers succeed (the theorem provers simultaneously searches for longer and longer proofs from a larger and larger finite subsets of $Ax$). We show that this is an algorithm that decides $F \in Conseq(Ax)$. | ||

* Because either $F \in Conseq(Ax)$ or $(\lnot F) \in Conseq(Ax)$, and theorem provers are complete, one of these theorem provers will eventually halt. The procedure is therefore an algorithm. | * Because either $F \in Conseq(Ax)$ or $(\lnot F) \in Conseq(Ax)$, and theorem provers are complete, one of these theorem provers will eventually halt. The procedure is therefore an algorithm. |