Methods of Cut-Elimination by Matthias BaazMethods of Cut-Elimination by Matthias Baaz

Methods of Cut-Elimination

byMatthias Baaz, Alexander Leitsch

Paperback | February 25, 2013

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This is the first book on cut-elimination in first-order predicate logic from an algorithmic point of view. Instead of just proving the existence of cut-free proofs, it focuses on the algorithmic methods transforming proofs with arbitrary cuts to proofs with only atomic cuts (atomic cut normal forms, so-called ACNFs). The first part investigates traditional reductive methods from the point of view of proof rewriting. Within this general framework, generalizations of Gentzen's and Sch\"utte-Tait's cut-elimination methods are defined and shown terminating with ACNFs of the original proof. Moreover, a complexity theoretic comparison of Gentzen's and Tait's methods is given.

The core of the book centers around the cut-elimination method CERES (cut elimination by resolution) developed by the authors. CERES is based on the resolution calculus and radically differs from the reductive cut-elimination methods. The book shows that CERES asymptotically outperforms all reductive methods based on Gentzen's cut-reduction rules. It obtains this result by heavy use of subsumption theorems in clause logic. Moreover, several applications of CERES are given (to interpolation, complexity analysis of cut-elimination, generalization of proofs, and to the analysis of real mathematical proofs). Lastly, the book demonstrates that CERES can be extended to nonclassical logics, in particular to finitely-valued logics and to G\"odel logic.

Matthias Baaz is professor of logical foundations of computer science at the Vienna University of Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. in mathematical logic at the University of Vienna and habilitation at the Vienna University of Technology. His main field of research is proof theory in classical and nonclassical logics.Alexander Leitsch ...
Title:Methods of Cut-EliminationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:290 pagesPublished:February 25, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9400734972

ISBN - 13:9789400734975


Table of Contents

1 Preface.- 2 Introduction.- 3 Preliminaries.- 4 Complexity of Cut-Elimination.- 5 Reduction and Elimination.- 6 Cut-Elimination by Resolution.- 7 Extensions of CERES.- 8 Applications of CERES.- 9 CERES in Nonclassical Logics.- 10 Related Research.