Rubio Garcia, Julio
Constructive Proofs or Constructive Statements?
Abstract
A question raised at previous MAP meetings is
the following. Is Sergeraert's "Constructive
Algebraic Topology" (CAT, in short) really
constructive (in the strict logical sense of the
word "constructive")? We have not an answer to
that question, but we are interested in the
following: could have a positive (or negative)
answer to the previous question an influence in
the problem of proving the correctness of CAT
programs (as Kenzo)?
Studying this problem, we have observed that, in
fact, many CAT programs can be extracted from
the statements (that is, from the specification
of certain objects and constructions), without
needing an extraction from proofs. This remark
shows that the logic used in the proofs is
uncoupled with respect to the correctness of
programs. Thus, the first question posed could
be quite irrelevant from the practical point of
view. These rather speculative ideas will be
illustrated by means of some elementary
examples, where the Isabelle code extraction
tool can be successfully applied.
BibTeX  Entry
@InProceedings{rubiogarcia:DSP:2006:289,
author = {Julio Rubio Garcia},
title = {Constructive Proofs or Constructive Statements?},
booktitle = {Mathematics, Algorithms, Proofs},
year = {2006},
editor = {Thierry Coquand and Henri Lombardi and MarieFran{\c{c}}oise Roy},
number = {05021},
series = {Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings},
ISSN = {18624405},
publisher = {Internationales Begegnungs und Forschungszentrum f{\"u}r Informatik (IBFI), Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany},
address = {Dagstuhl, Germany},
URL = {http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2006/289},
annote = {Keywords: Program extraction, symbolic computation, constructive logic}
}
Keywords: 

Program extraction, symbolic computation, constructive logic 
Seminar: 

05021  Mathematics, Algorithms, Proofs

Issue date: 

2006 
Date of publication: 

16.01.2006 