Experiments in the Heuristic Use of Past Proof Experience

  • Problems stemming from the study of logic calculi in connection with an infer-ence rule called "condensed detachment" are widely acknowledged as prominenttest sets for automated deduction systems and their search guiding heuristics. Itis in the light of these problems that we demonstrate the power of heuristics thatmake use of past proof experience with numerous experiments.We present two such heuristics. The first heuristic attempts to re-enact aproof of a proof problem found in the past in a flexible way in order to find a proofof a similar problem. The second heuristic employs "features" in connection withpast proof experience to prune the search space. Both these heuristics not onlyallow for substantial speed-ups, but also make it possible to prove problems thatwere out of reach when using so-called basic heuristics. Moreover, a combinationof these two heuristics can further increase performance.We compare our results with the results the creators of Otter obtained withthis renowned theorem prover and this way substantiate our achievements.

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Author:Matthias Fuchs
URN (permanent link):urn:nbn:de:hbz:386-kluedo-3516
Serie (Series number):SEKI Report (95,10)
Document Type:Preprint
Language of publication:English
Year of Completion:1995
Year of Publication:1995
Publishing Institute:Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Faculties / Organisational entities:Fachbereich Informatik
DDC-Cassification:004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik

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