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Logic beyond formulas: a proof system on graphs

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Abstract

In this paper we present a proof system that operates on graphs instead of formulas. We begin our quest with the well-known correspondence between formulas and cographs, which are undirected graphs that do not have P 4 (the four-vertex path) as vertex-induced subgraph; and then we drop that condition and look at arbitrary (undirected) graphs. The consequence is that we lose the tree structure of the formulas corresponding to the cographs. Therefore we cannot use standard proof theoretical methods that depend on that tree structure. In order to overcome this difficulty, we use a modular decomposition of graphs and some techniques from deep inference where inference rules do not rely on the main connective of a formula. For our proof system we show the admissibility of cut and a generalization of the splitting property. Finally, we show that our system is a conservative extension of multiplicative linear logic (MLL) with mix, meaning that if a graph is a cograph and provable in our system, then it is also provable in MLL+mix.
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hal-02560105 , version 1 (01-05-2020)

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Matteo Acclavio, Ross Horne, Lutz Strassburger. Logic beyond formulas: a proof system on graphs. LICS 2020 - 35th ACM/IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science, Jul 2020, Saarbrücken, Germany. pp.38-52, ⟨10.1145/3373718.3394763⟩. ⟨hal-02560105⟩
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