MATHsAiD: Automated Mathematical Theory Exploration

Alan Bundy, Roy McCasland, Patrick Smith

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The aim of the MATHsAiD project is to build a tool for automated theorem-discovery; to design and build a tool to automatically conjecture and prove theorems (lemmas, corollaries, etc.) from a set of user-supplied axioms and definitions. No other input is required. This tool would, for instance, allow a mathematician to try several versions of a particular definition, and in a relatively small amount of time, be able to see some of the consequences, in terms of the resulting theorems, of each version. Moreover, the automatically discovered theorems could perhaps help the users to discover and prove further theorems for themselves. The tool could also easily be used by educators (to generate exercise sets, for instance) and by students as well. In a similar fashion, it might also prove useful in enabling automated theorem provers to dispatch many of the more difficult proof obligations arising in software verification, by automatically generating lemmas which are needed by the prover, in order to finish these proofs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-606
Number of pages22
JournalApplied Intelligence
Issue number3
Early online date23 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


  • Automated theory exploration
  • Mathematics
  • Automated theorem proving


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