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Coq is an interactive theorem prover.

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### Why does Coq have Prop?

Coq has a type Prop of proof irrelevant propositions which are discarded during extraction. What are the reason for having this if we use Coq only for proofs. Prop is impredicative, so Prop : Prop, ...
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### Dependent eliminator for empty type in intensional Martin-Löf type theory

In calculus of inductive constructions you can just say that the empty type is the type with no constructors and it automatically builds the dependent eliminator. But let's say I'm setting up ...
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### Defining inductive types in intensional type theory purely in terms of type-theoretic data

To define a (non-indexed) W-type all we need is a type $A:U$ and a function $B:A\to U$ and we get a type $W_{a:A}B(a)$. To check that this definition is valid we only need to check that the ...
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### Impredicativity + large eliminations (with no excluded middle) in Coq

It is known that impredicativity + large eliminations + excluded middle is inconsistent. Prop is impredicative and consistent with excluded middle, but does not ...
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### What do we call a type system where any term of any type ultimately parses down to $*:\mathbf{1}$?

If a type system allows inductive types (as in e.g. Coq) then we can coin new primitive constants that inhabit types. For example $0:\mathbb{N}$ is constructed when defining $\mathbb{N}$ and does not ...
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### An axiom for John Major's Equality

In the the standard library of Coq, there is the axiom: Axiom JMeq_eq : forall (A:Type) (x y:A), JMeq x y -> x = y. Why isn't it provable? Can it be reduced ...
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### Defining finite sets inductively in a proof assistant?

To represent finite sets within coq, we either use something like ListSet, which are just definitions on top of list, or we ...
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### Has the compactness theorem for FOL been formalized in Coq/Isabelle/etc?

I've been searching for a formalization of the compactness theorem for FOL, but haven't found any. Is anyone aware of such a development or related work?
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### Lack of atomic propositions in the Calculus of Constructions from ATTAPL textbook

I am working through the Dependent Types chapter from Advanced Topics in Types and Programming Languages (ATTAPL) by Benjamin Pierce et al. I am confused with the calculus presented Fig 2-7 (Calculus ...
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### Journals or conferences to submit formally verified libraries?

This is a soft question aimed at understanding whether there is any value to publishing formally verified libraries. I have formally verified (in Coq) implementations of: synthetic differential ...
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### On the interpretation of coinduction in type theory

The notion of (co)datatype can be modeled satisfactorily in category theory as fixed-points of polynomial functors. Then, (co)induction principles are derived from initial algebras/terminal ...
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### Have the proofs in Buss's “On Goedel’s Theorems on Lengths of Proofs” been formalized (mechanically checked)?

The paper On Gödel's theorems on lengths of proofs I: Number of lines and speedup for arithmetics contains quite interesting results on proof length. But some of the details are still, to me, a bit ...
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### Proposition terms vs types in Coq

Consider the following div function written in Coq. It takes in a proof that the divider is non-zero. Definition div (n d:nat) (pf: ~(d = 0)) := n/d. Focus on <...
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### Prove proof irrelevance in Coq?

Is there a way to prove the following theorem in Coq? Theorem bool_pirrel : forall (b : bool) (p1 p2 : b = true), p1 = p2. EDIT: An attempt to give a brief ...
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### Model of Coq (pCuIC) in higher toposes?

Can the type theory of Coq (pCuIC) be modeled in all higher Grothendieck toposes? First of all, even the set theoretical model is not complete (e.g. inductive types in Prop). Although, this is ...
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### Representations of Planar Graphs in Coq

I would like to formalize some simple properties of planar graphs in the Coq proof assistant. 1) How are planar graphs formalized in the Coq proof assistant? Is there a "standard" definition that is ...
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### Formal semantics of OCaml in Coq

The semantics of a large subset of OCaml, called OCamllight, was formalized in HOL by Owens several years ago. More recently, a type theoretical semantics of a smaller subset of OCaml was implemented ...
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### Universe polymorphism: the inference of universes and their constraints

When making a universe polymorphic definition in Coq, universes and their constraints are automatically inferred. Are they somewhat the most general ones (in a sense similar to the principal type ...
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### Modeling objects (OOP) in dependent type theory

I am interested in modeling objects, from object oriented programming, in dependent type theory. As a possible application, I would like to have a model where I can describe different features of ...
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### Is it possible to type Ackermann function with (stratified variant of) System F?

I was surprised to find no open-source implementation of Ackermann function in pure System F as an illustrative example. I finally managed to implement it myself in Haskell using Church encoding: <...
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### Is there a formalization of normalization of impredicative system F?

In particular Agda seems not strong enough to prove that. Is the predicative Calculus of Inductive Constructions universes (Coq without Prop) sufficient? How about with the impredicative Prop?
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### How can you build a coinductive memoization table for recursive functions over binary trees?

The StreamMemo library for Coq illustrates how to memoize a function f : nat -> A over the natural numbers. In particular when ...
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### What exactly is “large elimination”?

I'm studying type theory (mostly Coq) and often encounter the term "large elimination", usually when talking about type universes hierarchy consistency, for example: impredicative polymorphism + ...
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### How would I go about learning the underlying theory of the Coq proof assistant?

I'm going over the course notes at CIS 500: Software Foundations and the exercises are a lot of fun. I'm only at the third exercise set but I would like to know more about what's happening when I use ...
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### What should a proof of correctness for a typechecker actually be proving?

I've been programming for several years, but am very unfamiliar with theoretical CS. I've recently been trying to study programming languages, and as part of that, type checking and inference. My ...
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### Law of excluded middle in MLTT

Is it possible to add law of excluded middle to Martin-Löf type theory as an axiom? It seems to me, that it's possible to add it to Coq since Coq has a module for non-constructive reasoning. Also, it ...
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### What is the largest complexity class that a non-Turing complete proof assitant, like Coq, can achieve? [duplicate]

Given that all functions in Coq will terminate, it cannot cover the entire $RE$. So what is the class it can achieve? Is it $R$?
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### Type theoretic equivalent of isomorphism class

How one defines the notion of isomorphism class in type theory? For concreteness I will describe what I mean with an example in Coq. Suppose I have a record ToyRec: ...
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### Equality of decidable proofs?

I want to know if the decidability of equality of two decidable proofs of the same proposition can be proved without any additional axioms in Calculus of Inductive Constructions. Specifically, I want ...
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### How to prove that a circular prop is uninhabited?

Consider the following inductive definition of "ElProp" in coq: ...
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### Why an infinite type hierarchy?

Coq, Agda, and Idris have an infinite type hierarchy (Type 1 : Type 2 : Type 3 : ...). But why not do it instead like λC, the system in the lambda cube that's closest to the calculus of constructions, ...
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### How to use induction without Fixpoint definition in Coq?

I want to verify a program written in C. I am using Jessie to translate the (pre/post)conditions of the program to Coq. In Coq I will make a proof. Sometimes I need recursive definitions. ...
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### Reverse contraposition

While it is trivial to prove contraposition ∀ A B: Prop, (A → B) → (~B → ~A) using Coq, is it equally trivial to prove the reversed form: ...
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### Defining Mutually Recursive functions in Coq

This question is related to (but not the same as): How to define a function inductively on two arguments in Coq? In particular, I used those techniques (defining a second fixed point function) and ...
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### Why do Agda and Coq disagree on strict positivity?

I've stumbled across a confusing disagreement between Agda and Coq that is not obviously related to the most well known distinctions between their type theories (e.g., (im)predicativity, induction-...
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### Induction over a transitive relation in Coq

I have the current problem when using induction with Coq: I have states ST, which are pairs (A,B), where A are Addresses (nat) and B are Memories (A parameter) ...
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### Shallow versus Deep Embeddings

When encoding a logic into a proof assistant such as Coq or Isabelle, a choice needs to be made between using a shallow and a deep embedding. In a shallow embedding logical formulas are written ...
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### How to describe the set of “all computable functions” using Coq?

Would the set of all computable functions be just the set of all maps of the form f : forall n : nat, P n -> nat where ...
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### Encoding a logic in Coq

I want to encode a logic into Coq. The semantics of the logic are very complex and I just want to encode the syntax, axioms, inference rules. I use deep embedding, but I can't use notation like: <...