mmnotes.txt  Notes

These are informal notes on some of the recent proofs and other topics.
(11May2016) New markup for isolating statements and protecting proofs

(Updated 10Jul2016: changed "show restricted" to "show discouraged";
added "set discouragement off"; see below.)
Two optional markup tags have been defined for use inside of
statement description comments:
"(Proof modification is discouraged.)"
"(New usage is discouraged.)"
The metamath program has been updated to discourage accidental proof
modification or accidental usage of statements with these tags.
These tags have been added to set.mm in the complex number construction,
axiomatic studies, and obsolete sections, as well as to specific
theorems that normally should be avoided or should not have their proof
changed for various reasons. I also added them to some mathboxes (AS
and JBN) having theorems or notation that are unconventional.
Most users will never encounter the effect of "discouraged" tags since
they are in areas that are normally not touched or used.
"write source.../rewrap" will prevent the new tags from being broken
across lines. This is intended to make editing tasks easier. For
example, if you are doing a major revision to a "discouraged" section
such as the complex number construction, you can change the tags
temporarily (like changing "is discouraged" to "xx discouraged"
throughout the section) then change them back when done.
The following commands recognize "(Proof modification is discouraged.)":
"prove", "save new_proof"
The following commands recognize "(New usage is discouraged.)":
"assign", "replace", "improve", "minimize_with"
In the description below, the term "restricted" means a statement's
comment has one or both of the new tags.
Originally, I was going to ask an override question when encountering a
restricted statement, but I decided against that because prompts become
unpredictable, making the user's "flow" awkward and scripts more
difficult to write. Instead, the user can specify "/override" in the
command to accomplish this.
A warning or error message is issued when there is a potential use or
modification of a restricted statement. An error message means the
requested action wasn't performed (because the user didn't specify
"/override"), and a warning message means the action was performed but
the user should be aware that the action is "discouraged". To make the
messages more visible, they have a blank line before and after them, and
they always begin with ">>>" for emphasis.
The behavior of individual commands is as follows.
"prove"  Without "/override", will give an error message and prevent
entering the Proof Assistant when a proof is restricted i.e. when the
statement's comment contains "(Proof modification is discouraged.)".
With "/override", a warning is issued, but the user may enter the Proof
Assistant.
"save new_proof"  Without "/override", will give an error message and
prevent saving. With "/override", a warning is issued, but the save is
allowed.
"assign", "replace"  Without /override, will give an error message and
not allow an assignment with a restricted statement i.e. when the
assigned statement's comment contains "(New usage is discouraged.).
With /override, will give a warning message but will do the assignment.
"improve", "minimize_with"  Without /override, will silently skip
restricted statements during their scans. With /override, will consider
all statements and will give a warning if any restricted statements are
used.
Here is an example of a session with id1, which has the comment tag
"(Proof modification is discouraged.)".
MM> prove id1
>>> ?Error: Modification of this statement's proof is discouraged.
>>> You must use PROVE ... / OVERRIDE to work on it.
MM> prove id1/override
Entering the Proof Assistant. HELP PROOF_ASSISTANT for help, EXIT to exit.
You will be working on statement (from "SHOW STATEMENT id1"):
101 id1 $p  ( ph > ph ) $= ... $.
Note: The proof you are starting with is already complete.
>>> ?Warning: Modification of this statement's proof is discouraged.
MMPA> minimize_with id
Bytes refer to compressed proof size, steps to uncompressed length.
Proof of "id1" decreased from 51 to 9 bytes using "id".
MMPA> save new_proof/compressed
>>> ?Error: Attempt to overwrite a proof whose modification is discouraged.
>>> Use SAVE NEW_PROOF ... / OVERRIDE if you really want to do this.
MMPA> save new_proof/compressed/override
>>> ?Warning: You are overwriting a proof whose modification is discouraged.
The new proof of "id1" has been saved internally.
Remember to use WRITE SOURCE to save changes permanently.
MMPA>
Here is an example of a session trying to use re1tbw2 (ax1 twin) which
has "(New usage is discouraged.)".
MM> prove r19.12
Entering the Proof Assistant. HELP PROOF_ASSISTANT for help, EXIT to exit.
You will be working on statement (from "SHOW STATEMENT r19.12"):
$d x y $. $d y A $. $d x B $.
7283 r19.12 $p  ( E. x e. A A. y e. B ph > A. y e. B E. x e. A ph ) $= ...
$.
Note: The proof you are starting with is already complete.
MMPA> show new_proof /from 70/to 70
70 ralrimi.2=ax1 $a  ( E. x e. A A. y e. B ph > ( y e. B > E. x e.
A A. y e. B ph ) )
MMPA> delete step 70
A 12step subproof at step 70 was deleted. Steps 70:112 are now 59:101.
59 ralrimi.2=? $?  ( E. x e. A A. y e. B ph > ( y e. B > E. x
e. A A. y e. B ph ) )
MMPA> assign last re1tbw2
>>> ?Error: Attempt to assign a statement whose usage is discouraged.
>>> Use ASSIGN ... / OVERRIDE if you really want to do this.
MMPA> assign last re1tbw2/override
>>> ?Warning: You are assigning a statement whose usage is discouraged.
MMPA> undo
Undid: ASSIGN LAST re1tbw2 / OVERRIDE
59 ralrimi.2=? $?  ( E. x e. A A. y e. B ph > ( y e. B > E. x
e. A A. y e. B ph ) )
MMPA> improve all
A proof of length 12 was found for step 59.
Steps 59 and above have been renumbered.
CONGRATULATIONS! The proof is complete. Use SAVE NEW_PROOF to save it.
Note: The Proof Assistant does not detect $d violations. After saving
the proof, you should verify it with VERIFY PROOF.
Note that "improve all", which scans backwards, skipped over re1tbw2 and
picked up ax1:
MMPA> show new_proof /from 70/to 70
70 ralrimi.2=ax1 $a  ( E. x e. A A. y e. B ph > ( y e. B > E. x e.
A A. y e. B ph ) )
MMPA> undo
Undid: IMPROVE ALL
59 ralrimi.2=? $?  ( E. x e. A A. y e. B ph > ( y e. B > E. x
e. A A. y e. B ph ) )
With "/override", it does not skip re1tbw2 but assigns it since it is the
first match encountered (before ax1 in the backward scan):
MMPA> improve all/override
>>> ?Warning: Overriding discouraged usage of statement "re1tbw2".
A proof of length 12 was found for step 59.
Steps 59 and above have been renumbered.
CONGRATULATIONS! The proof is complete. Use SAVE NEW_PROOF to save it.
Note: The Proof Assistant does not detect $d violations. After saving
the proof, you should verify it with VERIFY PROOF.
MMPA>
If you want to see which statements in a specific section have
restrictions, use "search.../comment" e.g.
MM> search ax1~bitr 'is discouraged'/comment
101 id1 $p "...ibuted by NM, 5Aug1993.) (Proof modification is discouraged.)"
659 dfbi1gb $p "...ry Bush, 10Mar2004.) (Proof modification is discouraged.)"
Program note: The new markup tags are looked up via the function
getMarkupFlag() in mmdata.c. Since string searches are slow, the result
of the first search in each statement comment is memoized (saved) so
that subsequent searches can be effectively instant.
Two commands were added primarily for database maintenance:
"show discouraged" will list all of the
statements with "is discouraged" restrictions and their uses in the
database (in case of discouraged usage) or the number of steps (in case
of a proof whose modification is discouraged). It is verbose and
primarily intended to assist a script to compare a modified database
with an earlier version. It will not be of interest to most users.
MM> help show discouraged
Syntax: SHOW DISCOURAGED
This command shows the usage and proof statistics for statements with
"(Proof modification is discouraged.)" and "(New usage is
discouraged.)" markup tags in their description comments. The output
is intended to be used by scripts that compare a modified .mm file
to a previous version.
MM> show discouraged
...
SHOW DISCOURAGED: Proof modification of "tru2OLD" is discouraged (9 steps).
SHOW DISCOURAGED: New usage of "tru2OLD" is discouraged (0 uses).
SHOW DISCOURAGED: New usage of "ee22" is discouraged (2 uses).
SHOW DISCOURAGED: "ee22" is used by "ee21".
SHOW DISCOURAGED: "ee22" is used by "ee33".
...
"set discouragement off" will turn off the blocking of commands caused
to "...is discouraged" markup tags. It does the equivalent of always
specifying "/override" on those commands. It is intended as a
convenience during maintenance of a "discouraged" area of the database
that the user is very familiar with, such as the construction of complex
numbers. It is not recommended for most users.
MM> help set discouragement
Syntax: SET DISCOURAGEMENT OFF or SET DISCOURAGEMENT ON
By default this is set to ON, which means that statements whose
description comments have the markup tags "(New usage is discouraged.)"
or "(Proof modification is discouraged.)" will be blocked from usage
or proof modification. When this setting is OFF, those actions are no
longer blocked. This setting is intended only for the convenience of
advanced users who are intimately familiar with the database, for use
when maintaining "discouraged" statements. SHOW SETTINGS will show you
the current value.
MM> set discouragement off
"(...is discouraged.)" markup tags are no longer honored.
>>> ?Warning: This setting is intended for advanced users only. Please turn
>>> it back ON if you are not intimately familiar with this database.
MM> set discouragement on
"(...is discouraged.)" markup tags are now honored.
(10Mar2016) metamath program version 0.125

The following changes were made:
1. A new qualifer, '/fast', was added to 'save proof' and 'show proof'.
See the 9Mar2016 entry below for an application.
2. Long formulas are no longer wrapped by 'write source.../rewrap' but
should be wrapped by hand to fit in less than 80 columns. The wrapping
was removed because a human can better judge where to split formulas for
readability. Comments and indentation are still reformatted as before.
3. Added space between adjacent "}" and "{" in the HTML output.
4. A bug in the /explicit/packed proof format was fixed. See 'help save
proof' for a list of all formats.
5. To reference a statement by statement number in 'show statement',
'show proof', etc., prefix the number with "#". For example, 'show
statement #58' will show a1i. This was added to assist program
debugging but may occasionally be useful for other purposes. The
complete list of statement lookup formats in shown in 'help search'.
(9Mar2016) Procedure to change a variable name in a theorem

The metamath program has been updated in Version 0.125 (10Mar2016)
with a new qualifier, '/fast', that merely changes the proof format
without compressing or uncompressing the proof. This makes format
conversions very fast for making database changes. The format of the
entire database can be changed from /compressed to /explicit/packed, and
viceversa, in about a minute each way.
The /explicit/packed format is described here:
https://groups.google.com/d/msg/metamath/xCUNA2ttHew/RXSNzdovBAAJ
You can also look at 'help save proof' in the metamath program.
The basic rules we will be using are:
1. When the proofs are saved in explicit format, you can change $f and
$e order.
2. When the proofs are saved in compressed format, you can change the
name of a variable to another if the two variables have adjacent $f's.
======= The conversion procedure: =======
To retrofit the new symbol variables added to set.mm to your theorems,
for example changing "P" to ".+", you can use the following procedure.
First, save all proofs in explict format:
./metamath set.mm
MM> save proof */explicit/packed/fast
MM> write source set.mm
MM> exit
(Hint: 'save proof *' lists all proofs it is saving. To suppress this
output, type "q" at the scrolling question after the first page. It will
not really quit; instead, the proof saving will complete silently.)
Next, edit set.mm to place the $f for the "P" adjacent to (either immediately
before or immediately after) the $f for the ".+". Then resave the proofs
in compressed format:
./metamath set.mm
MM> save proof */compressed/fast
MM> write source set.mm
MM> exit
In your text editor, substitute P for .+ in the theorem you want to
change. Make sure you include the $p and any $d and $e statements
associated with the theorem. If the $d and $e statements affect other
theorems in the same block, you will also have to make the P to .+
substitution in those $p's as well.
You are now done with the change. However, you probably want to restore
the original $f order to make your database compatible with the standard
set.mm. You can postpone doing this until you have finished making all
of your variable name changes as above. First, save all proofs in
explict format:
./metamath set.mm
MM> save proof */explicit/packed/fast
MM> write source set.mm
MM> exit
Next, edit set.mm to restore the original $f order. It may be easiest
just to copy and paste the $f section from the standard set.mm.
Finally, you probably want to save all proofs in compressed format
since the file size will be smaller and easier to work with:
./metamath set.mm
MM> save proof */compressed/fast
MM> write source set.mm
MM> exit
(28Feb2015) Stefan O'Rear's notes on recent proofs

# New definitions
dfhar: The Hartogs function, which restricts to cardinal successor on initial
ordinals. Since the latter is somewhat important in higher set theory, I
expect this to get used a bit. One question about the math symbol: standard
notation for ( har ` x ) is \aleph(x), but I didn't want to overlap the math
symbol used for dfaleph, so I left this as Latin text for now.
dfnzr: Nonzero rings: A number of properties of linear independence fail for
the zero ring, so I gave a name to all others.
dfwdom: Weak dominance, i.e. dominance considered using onto functions instead
of 11. The starred symbol seems to be relatively standard. I'm quite pleased
with how ~ wdomd turned out.
dflindf,dflinds: Definition of a linearly independent family resp. set of
vectors in a module. Was initially trying to do this with just one definition
but two seems to work much better with corner cases.
# Highlights
hsmex: The class of sets hereditarily smaller than a given set exists; a
formalization of the proof in
http://math.boisestate.edu/~holmes/holmes/hereditary.pdf . With AC this is
simpler as it follows from the existence of arbitrarily large regular
cardinals. Intermediate steps use Hartogs numbers and onto functions quite
heavily, so dfhar and dfwdom were added to support this; it also uses
iterated unions (ituni*) and order types (otos*), but the former is not a
standard concept and the latter has several definitional issues, so both are
temporary definitions for now.
marypha1,marypha2: P. Hall's marriage theorem, a surprisingly annoying
combinatorial result which is in the dependency chain for the vector space
dimension theorem.
kelac2,dfac21i: Recover the axiom of choice from Tychonoff's theorem (which we
don't have yet). Required a number of additional results on boxshaped subsets
of cross products, such as boxriin and boxcuts.
In an attempt to unify the empty and nonempty cases, we are now considering
"relative intersections" of the form ( A i^i ^ B ) and ( A i^i ^_ x e. I B
), assuming that all elements of B are subsets of A, we get the typetheoretic
behavior that an empty intersection is the domain of discourse of a particular
structure, and not the class _V. Several theorems are added to support this
usage, and the related ( fi ` ( { A } u. B ) ).
lmisfree: There have been a number of recent questions about the correctness of
various definitions of basis. This hopefully helps to clarify the situation by
proving my earlier conjecture that what we have is exactly what is needed to
witness an isomorphism onto a free module. Notable intermediate steps here are
islbs (splits our notion of basis into the spanning and independence parts),
islindf4 ("no nontrivial representations of zero"), and lbslcic (only the
cardinality of the index set matters).
Along the way this required separating independent sets and families from the
previous notion of bases; a new "independent sets and families" section
contains the basic properties there.
domunfican: A cancellation law for cardinal arithmetic which came up in
marypha1 but may be of independent interest.
# Possible future directions
Probably a lot of polynomial stuff soon, with maybe a vector space dimension
theorem thrown in for good measure. A rough priority order, and less final the
farther you go:
1. Fraction ring/field development; rational function fields
2. Recursive decomposition of polynomials
3. AA = ( CCfld IntgRing QQ) and reredefine _ZZ = ( CCfld IntgRing ZZ ) $.
4. Relating integral elements to finitely generated modules.
5. Hilbert basis theorem
6. Integral closures are rings; aaaddcl/aamulcl.
7. CowenEngeler lemma (Schechter UF2); finite choice principles from
ultrafilters
8. M. Hall's marriage theorem
9. The next natural property of independent sets: the exchange theorem and the
finite dimension theorem for vector spaces
10. General dimension theorem from ultrafilters
11. Gauss' lemma on polynomials; ZZ = ( _ZZ i^i QQ )
12. Polynomial rings are UFDs
(17Feb2015) Mario Carneiro's notes on recent proofs

Notes:
ifbothda: Common argumentation style for dealing with if, may be good
to know
disjen, disjenex: When constructing the reals, we needed extra elements
not in CC for +oo and oo, and for that purpose we used ~P U. CC, ~P ~P
U. CC. This works great if you only want a few new elements, but for
arbitrarily many elements this approach doesn't work. So this theorem
generalizes this sort of construction to show that you can build an
arbitrarily large class of sets disjoint from a given base class A.
domss2, domssex2, domssex: One application of disjen is that you can
turn any injection F : A 11> B around into G : B 11onto> C
where A C_ C, and which is the identity on elements of A. I'm thinking
about taking advantage of this in the field extensions for Cp, since
this way you don't need a canonical injection into the extension but can
actually build the extension around the original field so that it is
literally a subfield of the extension. It could also be used, if
desired, as a means of building compatible extensions in the
construction of the reals (so that om = NN0).
ghmker: the kernel of a group homomorphism is a normal subgroup
crngpropd, subrgpropd, lmodpropd, lsspropd, lsppropd, assapropd:
property theorems
tgcnp, tgcn, subbascn: checking continuity on a subbase or basis for a
topology
ptval: Product topology. Important theorems are pttop, ptuni, ptbasfi,
ptpjcn, ptcnp, ptcn.
pt1hmeo, ptunhmeo: combining these judiciously allows you to show that
indexed product topologies are homeomorphic to iterated binary product
topologies, which for example can be used to prove ptcmpfi, which is
basically Tychonoff for finite index sets.
metdsval, metds0, metdseq0, metdscn: Properties of the function d(x,A)
which gives the distance from a point to a nonempty set.
lebnum, lebnumii: The Lebesgue number lemma, a nice result about open
covers in a metric space and a key step in the proof of the covering map
lifting theorem.
dfpi1: Converted to structure builders, eliminated dfpi1b
pcopt2, pcorev2: commuted versions of pcopt, pcorev. Took me a while
to realize that left identity > right identity and left inverse >
right inverse does not actually follow from the other proofs, since at
this level we have only a groupoid, not a group.
pi1xfr: A path induces a group isomorphism on fundamental groups.
dfdv: Added a second argument to _D for the ambient space. There is a
dropin replacement from ( _D ` F ) to ( RR _D F ), and ( CC _D F ) is
the complex derivative of F. The left argument can be any subset of CC,
but since the derivative is not a function if S has isolated points, I
restrict this to S e. { RR , CC } for the primary convenience theorems.
dflgs: The Legendre symbol, a tourdeforce of something interesting
coming out of a ridiculous amount of case analysis. This definition is
actually the Kronecker symbol, which extends the Jacobi symbol which
extends the Legendre symbol to all integers. The main theorem to be
done in this area is of course the law of quadratic reciprocity, but
currently I'm stuck proving Euler's criterion which is waiting on
polynomials over Z/pZ. So far the basic theorems prove that ( A /L N )
e. {1,0,1}, ( A /L N ) =/= 0 iff A,N are coprime, and it is
distributive under multiplication in both arguments.
kur14: The Kuratowski closurecomplement theorem, which I mentioned in
another email.
dfpcon, dfscon: Path connected spaces and simply connected spaces. I
hope to use SCon to prove some kind of Cauchy integral theorem, but
we'll see.
txpcon, ptpcon: products of pathconnected spaces are pathconnected
(ptpcon is actually an ACequivalent)
pconpi1: The fundamental groups of a pathconnected space are
isomorphic
sconpi1: A space is simply connected iff its fundamental group is
trivial
cvxpcon, cvxscon: a convex subset of CC is simply connected blcvx,
blscon: a disk in CC is convex and simply connected
dfcvm: Definition of a covering map.
cvmlift: The Path Lifting Theorem for covering maps
dfrpm, dfufd: define a prime element of a ring and a UFD
psr1val: Basic theorems for univariate polynomials
(9Jan2015) mpbi*an* hypothesis order change

At the suggestion of a couple of people, I changed the hypothesis order
in mpbi*an* (7 theorems) so that the major hypothesis now occurs last
instead of first, in order to make them less annoying to use. The
theorems changed were:
mpbiran mpbiran2 mpbir2an mpbi2and mpbir2and mpbir3an mpbir3and
This change affects over 1000 proofs. The old versions are still there
suffixed with "OLD" and will remain for 1 year.
To update your mathbox etc.,
1. Make sure your mathbox is compatible with the the set.mm just prior
to this change, temporarily available here:
http://us2.metamath.org:88/metamath/set.mm.20150108.bz2
1. In a text editor, suffix all references to mpbi*an* in your proofs
with OLD (e.g. mpbiran to mpbiranOLD). This will make your proofs
compatible with the current set.mm.
2. Update the current set.mm with your mathbox.
3. For each proof using mpbi*an*OLD, do the following in the metamath
program:
./metamath set.mm
...
MM> prove abc
MMPA> minimize mpbi*an*/except *OLD/allow_growth
MMPA> save new_proof/compressed
MMPA> exit
..,
MM> write source set.mm
MM> exit
(11Jun2014) Mario Carneiro's revisions

Mario Carneiro finished a major revision of set.mm. Here are his notes:
syl3anbrc, mpbir3and: simple logic stuff
fvunsn: eliminate D e. _V hypothesis
caoprcld, caoprassg, caoprcomg: deduction form
winafpi: dedth demonstration
avglt1, avglt2, avgle1, avgle2: average ordering theorem colleciton
peano2fzr: recurring lemma
fzfid: very common use due to deductionform sum theorems
seqcl2 thru seq1p: deduction form
sercaopr2: the 'correct' general form of sercaopr
seqz: absorbing element in a sequence (note that there are now theorems
seq1 and seqz, since the old tokens are gone)
cseq1 thru ser1add, seq1shftid, seqzm1 thru ser0p1i: deleted  all the
theorems in this section have equivalents in the new seq section,
although it is often a 45 to 1 mapping, since the deduction framework
makes it easier to have ease of use and full generality at the same time
dfexp: revised to include negative integer exponents. The theorems for
nonnegative exponents are exactly the same as before, but for negative
exponents ( A ^ u N ) we need the assumption A=/=0 so that we don't
divide by zero. Relevant new theorems are:
expneg, expneg2, expnegz, expn1: definition of ( A ^ u N ) is 1 / ( A
^ N )
expcl2lem: closure under positive and negative exponents
rpexpcl: the only existing closure theorem that was changed as a result
reexpclz, expclz: closure for reals and complexes to integer exponents,
when the argument is nonzero
1exp, expne0i, expgt0, expm1, expsub, expordi thru expword2i:
generalized to negative exponents
mulexpz, expaddz: the main "hard" theorems in this section, generalizing
the exponent addition laws to integers. The main reason to keep both the
new versions and the old (mulexp, expadd) is because the new theorems
generalize the exponent at the cost of the extra hypothesis A =/= 0.
discr, discr1: deduction form, generalized to all A e. RR, shortened proof
rexanuz: the new upper integer form of cvganz, and used as the basis for
most other manipulations on upper integer sets to replace cau* and cvg*
theorems
rexfiuz: finite set generalization of rexanuz
rexuz3: turn an upper integer quantifier E. j e. ZZ A. k e. (ZZ>= ` j)
into a restricted upper integer quantifier E. j e. NN A. k e. (ZZ>= ` j)
rexanuz2: restricted upper integer quantifier form of rexanuz
r19.29uz: looks sort of like r19.29, but for upper integer quantifiers
r19.2uz: sort of like r19.2z
cau3lem: useful on its own for being sufficiently general for both real
cauchy sequences and cauchy sequences in metric spaces
cau3: convert a cauchy sequence from twoquantifier form into
threequantifier form (this last one is useful because it is compatible
with rexanuz2)
cau4: use cau3 to change the base of the cauchy sequence definition
caubnd2: a cauchy sequence is eventually bounded. This is sufficient for
most proofs, but I went ahead and proved the original form caubnd as well
caurei, cauimi, ser1absdifi: deleted since they weren't being used and
there wasn't a good reason to reformulate them in view of the much more
general theorems to come
bcval5: write out the numerator of a binomial coefficient as a sequence
with arbitrary start and end
bcn2: N choose 2
fz1iso: any finite ordered set (in particular, a finite set of integers)
is isomorphic to a onebased finite sequence
seqcoll: lemma for soundness of dfsum, stated for general sequences
clim thru climcn2: deduction form
addcn2, subcn2, mulcn2: the old approach was a bit backward, using a
direct proof of continuity to prove that addition etc. is sequentially
continuous, then using sequential continuity to prove continuity through
bopcn, whose proof requires CC. To avoid this, now we prove continuity
directly (writing out the definition since the other continuity theorems
aren't ready yet) and use this to prove that limits are preserved in
climadd etc.
climadd thru serf0: deduction form
dfsum: a new much more general definition of summation, allowing the
index set to be either a finite set or a lower bounded subset of the
integers
sum2id: assume the argument to a sum is a set
sumfc: change bound variable
summo: a 'big' theorem, proving that the new definition is welldefined
zsum, isum, fsum: the spiritual equivalents to the old dffsum, dfisum,
showing the definition on upper integer subsets, upper integer sets, and
nonempty finite sets, respectively.
sum0: sum of the empty set is zero
sumz: sum of zero on any summable index set is zero
fsumf1o: finite sum is unchanged under a bijection
sumss, fsumss, sumss2: add zeroes to a finite sum to enlarge the index set
fsumcvg, fsumcvg2, fsumcvg3: a finite sum is convergent (useful for
treating a finite sum using infinite sum theorems)
fsumsers: sum over a subset of a finite sequence
fsumser: sum over a finite sequence (this is the most direct equivalent
to the old dffsum)
fsumcl2lem: a set that is closed under addition is closed under nonempty
finite sums
fsumcllem: a set containing zero and closed under addition is closed
under finite sums
fsumcl, fsumrecl, fsumrpcl: closure under reals, complexes, positive reals
sumsn, sumsns: sum over a singleton
fsumm1: break off the last term (this is more general than fsump1,
because this includes the case where the smaller sum is empty)
isumclim, isumclim2: relation between infinite series and convergent
sequences
sumsplit: generalized for subsets of the integers (but not that useful
in practice)
fsum2d, fsumcom2: generalization of fsumcom to sum over nonrectangular
regions
fsumxp: sum over a cross product (this theorem has no equivalent under
the old system)
abscvgcvg: absolutely convergent implies convergent
binom: shortened the proof
divcnv: generalized reccnv for convenience
arisum: now adds up 1...N instead of 0...N
expcnv: shortened the proof
geoser: now sums 0...N1 since it makes the formula nicer
cvgrat: shortened the proof
fsum0diag: shortened the proof (corollary of fsumcom2)
mertens: generalization of the old proof of efadd
elcncf2: commuted arguments to elcncf
cncfco: composition of continuous functions
ivth, ivth2, ivthle2: shortened the proof (the 'le' version allows the
value to be equal to one of the endpoints)
dftan, dfpi: revised to use shorter dummyfree expressions
efcllem, efge2le3, efadd, eftlub, eirr, efcn, reeff1o: shortened the proof
demoivre: swapped with *ALT version and extend to negative exponents
acdc3lem thru acdcALT: deleted (use axdc* theorems)
ruc: shortened the proof (yes, this is the second time I've shortened
ruc. This time I followed the same approach as the original ruc, rather
than the alternative proof via rpnnen.)
dvdseq: simplifies some divisibility proofs
bezout: imported from my mathbox
dvdsgcd, mulgcd: new proof from bezout
algrf thru eucalg: deduction form
dfpc: imported prime count function from my mathbox
1arith: new proof using the prime count function. This proof has a
considerably different statement from the original proof, so it is
perhaps debatable whether this is still the "fundamental theorem of
arithmetic", but this is the easiest to prove given the tools already
available, and it is also easier to use in future proofs (although the
more direct statements pc11 and pcprod are probably more directly
applicable).
dscmet, dscopn: the discrete metric generates the discrete topology
cnmptid thru cnmptcom: This new set of theorems, with names cnmpt*, is
designed for use in quickly building up continuous functions expressed
in the mapping notation. The naming convention takes the first number to
be the number of arguments to the mapping function, and the second
number is the number of arguments to the function that is applied at the
top level. If the function that is applied is an atomic operation, a *f
is suffixed. The "base case" continuous functions are given by cnmptc,
cnmptid (for constants and the identity), and cnmpt1st, cnmpt2nd for
twoargument mapping functions. sincn or ipcn provide a good demonstration.
dflm: the definition has been changed to represent convergence with
respect to a topology, rather than a metric space. The old definition
can be recovered as ( ~~>m ` D ) = ( ~~t ` ( MetOpen ` D ) ), although
the functions are now required to be partial functions on CC rather than
just subsets of ( X X. CC ).
dfcau: the definition has been abbreviated, and the functions are again
required to be partial functions on CC.
dfcmet: the definition has been abbreviated
lmbr, lmbr2, lmbrf: these have the same names as the old versions, but
now apply to topological convergence; the metric convergence
equivalents are now called lmmbr, lmmbr2, lmmbrf.
lmbr thru iscauf: deduction form
lmmo: was lmuni, now applies to hausdorff spaces instead of metric spaces
lmcls, lmcld: was previously part of metelcls, but this direction
doesn't need choice or metric spaces, so it is now separate
lmcnp, lmcn, lmcn2: continuous functions preserve limits
metdcn: a metric is a continuous function in its topology
addcn, subcn, mulcn: modified to use topological product
fsumcn, fsum2cn: adjusted for compatibility with cnmpt*
expcn, divccn, sqcn: powers and division by a constant are continuous
functions (there is still no proof that division is continuous in the
second argument, but we haven't needed it yet).
isgrp2d: deduction form of isgrp2i
ghgrp, ghablo: deduction form of ghgrpi
ghsubg, ghsubablo: deduction form of ghsubgi
vacn, smcn, ipcn: generalized oneargument continuity proofs to joint
continuity (and shortened the proof)
minvec: shortened the proof
sincn, coscn: shortened the proof
pilem*: shortened the proof
efhalfpi, efipi, sinq12ge0, cosq14ge0: more trig theorems
sineq0: combined the old sineq0 with sineq0re and sinkpi
coseq1, efeq1: similar to sineq0
cosord: generalize cosh111 to [0, pi]
recosf1o, resinf1o: useful for defining arcsin, arccos
efif1o, eff1o: shortened the proof
dflog: abbreviated definition, changed principal domain to (pi, pi]
instead of [pi, pi)  the result is that now log(1) = i pi rather than
i pi, in keeping with standard principal value definition
relogrn, logrncn: closure for ran log
logneg, logm1: log of a negative number
explog, reexplog, relogexp: generalized to negative integer powers
dfhlim, dfhcau: abbreviated definition
hvsubass, hvsub32, his35: vector identities
hlimadd: limit of a sequence of vector sums
occon3: generalize chsscon2i and prove without CC
shuni: generalize chocunii to any subspaces with trivial intersection
pjthmo: the uniqueness part of pjth, which needs no choice
occl: shortened the proof
pjth: shortened the proof (from 45 lemmas to 2!) using minvec
pjpreeq, pjpjpre: a weak version of pjeq that allows some usage of the
projection operator without assuming the projection theorem
chscl: the majority of the proof of osum is now here; this proof does
not need CC even though osum does
hhcno, hhcnf: relate ConOp and ConFn to the topology Cn predicate
imaelshi, rnelshi: the image of a subspace under a linear function is a
subspace
hmopidmchi, hmopidmpji: the class abstraction { x e. ~H  ( T ` x ) = x
} is the same as the range of T
 My mathbox 
bclbnd: deleted because it is obsolete
efexple: generalized to N e. ZZ
 Scott Fenton's mathbox 
sinccvg: (named for the sinc function: sinc x = sin x / x) shortened the
proof
trirecip: shortened the proof
dfbpoly: abbreviated definition and eliminated the if statement, since
now you can sum the empty set
bpolydif: shortened the proof
 FL's mathbox 
cmpbvb, fopab2ga, fopab2a, cmpran, riecb, riemtn, fopabco3, dffn5b:
deleted as duplicates
dfpro, dfprj: mapping definition
ispr1, prmapcp2, valpr, isprj1, isprj2: changed P e. Q to P e. V
prmapcp3: corollary of prmapcp2
hbcp: imported as hbixp1
cbicp: shortened the proof
iserzmulc1b thru seq0p1g: deleted since seqz is gone (there are already
equivalents for seq)
dfprod (prod3_ token): inlined into the new dfprod (previously
dfprod2), since it's not that helpful to have two definitions that are
so similar
(I don't really see the point of this definition to begin with  it's
very similar in scope to what seq does. It's not possible to give it a
finite sets definition like the new sum_ , since it is defined on
arbitrary magmas, so it reduces to basically the same as seq, except
that it is defined on the empty set as well. I thought about moving this
definition to seq as well, say by having ( seq M ( P , F ) ` ( M  1 ) )
= ( Id ` P ), but this makes seqfn a bit asymmetrical and it can't
really be used to generalize things like seqsplit because you'd want the
original version anyway, and the sethood requirement is usually a
distraction anyway.)
prod0: renamed from valproemset (another indication that the extension
to the empty set is not that useful is that this theorem is never used)
prodeq2, prodeq3: exchanged these labels for consistency with ordering
in the token and with prodeq2d, prodeq3d
prodeqfv thru fprod2: miscellaneous updates for the modified definition
clfsebs, fincmpzer, fprodadd, isppm, seqzp2, fprodneg, fprodsub:
shortened the proof
dfexpsg, dfmmat: these definitions are never used, but I updated them
to use seq and prod_ in place of seq1 and prod3_
cmphmp, idhme, cnvhmph, hmphsyma, hmphre, hmeogrp, homcard, eqindhome:
shortened the proof
eltpt: imported
ttcn, ttcn2: use cnmpt* instead
exopcopn, topgrpsubcn, trhom, ltrhom, cntrset: shortened the proof
uncon: this is a special case of iuncon  any collection of connected
subsets that share a point is connected
 Jeff Madsen's mathbox 
acdcg, acdc3g, acdc5g: I deleted these as part of the acdc* cleanup, but
the existing axdc* theorems assume the base set is a set in the
hypotheses  if this becomes an issue later, these theorems should be
updated, rather than making *g theorems. As it is, there is no need for
them yet.
sdc: shortened the proof
seq1eq2: seq1 is going away, use seqfveq
fsumlt, fsumltisum, fsumleisum: generalized to finite sets and imported
csbrn, trirn, mettrifi: shortened the proof
mettrifi2: this is basically the same as the new mettrifi
geomcau, caushft, caures: deduction form, shortened the proof
metdcn: imported and generalized to joint continuity
cnmptre, iirevcn, iihalf1cn, iihalf2cn, iimulcn: continuity base cases
for path homotopy proofs
elii1, elii2: commonly used lemma in path homotopy proofs
cncfco: imported
cnimass: same as elsubsp2
cnres: same as elsubsp
cnmpt2pc: generalized piececn to twoarg functions and adjusted for
compatibility with cnmpt*
ishomeo2: this is the same as the new ishomeo
hmeocn: corollary of hmeobc
hmeocnv: the same as cnvhmpha
ctlm thru lmtlm: deleted/imported this whole section because this is
essentially the same as the new topological limit relation, and all
theorems here are already represented in main set.mm now
txcnoprab: the same as cnmpt2t
txsubsp: imported
cnresoprab thru cnoprab2c: this set of theorems is very similar to the
new cnmpt* section (and indeed inspired that section), so they are
deleted as duplicates
txmet, txcc: imported
addcntx thru mulcntx: the same as the new addcn thru mulcn
bfp: shortened the proof
dfrrn, rrnval: use mapping notation
rrnmet, rrncms: shortened the proof
dfphtpy, dfphtpc: use mapping notation
phtpyfval thru phtpyco: deduction form, shortened the proof
isphtpc2: merge with isphtpc
reparpht: shortened the proof
dfpco: use mapping notation, also extend the domain to functions that
may not line up at the endpoints, for simplicity of definition (it
doesn't affect pi1gp, because that is restricted further to functions
with the same start and end point anyway)
pcofval thru pco1: deduction form
pcocn, pcohtpy, pcopt, pcoass, pcorev: shortened the proof
pi1fval thru pi1val: deduction form
pi1gp: shortened the proof
(4Jan2014) Wide text editor windows

Some people like to work with text editor windows wider than the 79
characters per line convention for set.mm. The following commands:
MM> set width 9999
MM> save proof */compressed
MM> set width 120
MM> write source set.mm/rewrap
will put each proof on a single line and will wrap all $a and $p
descriptions at column 120. If your text editor truncates the display
of lines beyond the end of screen, having each proof on a single line
will reduce scrolling. (Note that 'save proof */compressed' takes 510
minutes depending on CPU speed.)
Repeat the above with 'set width 79' (the default width) to restore the
conventional widths.
Note that comments outside of $a and $p descriptions, such as section
headers, are not affected by 'write source.../rewrap'. The math
formulas in $a and $p statements are also unchanged, since breaking and
indentation may have been chosen to emphasize the structure of the
formula (exception: formulas exceeding the 'set width' are wrapped, but
not unwrapped with a larger 'set width').
(2Dec2013) Class substitution

Has the time come to remove the "A e. _V" restriction on uses of dfsbc?
See the comments under dfsbc for the issues. So far we have been
uncommitted about the behavior at proper classes so as not to conflict
with Quine. To do this, we have prohibited the direct use of dfsbc and
instead only permitted use of dfsbcq.
However, this has become inconvenient, requiring annoying sethood
justifications for theorems using dfsbc and dfcsb that make proofs
longer.
There is no theoretical reason not to define it any way we want for
proper classes, but there are two possible ways that we must choose
from. We could allow the direct use of dfsbc (always false for proper
classes), which means for example that sbth would still require the
"A e. V" antecedent. Or we could redefine it as in sbc6g (always true
for proper classes), which means some other kinds of theorems would
require the antecedent. I'm not sure which is more advantageous, but
I'm inclined to choose dfsbc which seems more natural. Any opinions
are welcome.
(1Dec2013) Definite description binder

I changed the symbol for the definite description binder in dfiota and
dfriota to an inverted iota, which was used by Russell and seems more
standard that regular iota. It is analogous to the inverted A and E for
"for all" and "exists". I left the tokens "iota" and "iota_" alone for
now, although they should be changed since it's no longer a true iota.
Ideally it should be changed to "i." in analogy with "A." and "E.", but
"i." is already used for the imaginary unit. "ii" (inverted iota) is
one possibility. Or maybe "io." since we use the first two letters,
like "ph", for Greek. Suggestions are welcome.
(8Oct2013) Proof repair techniques

If you discover you have been going down a wrong path while creating a
proof, in some cases there are techniques to help salvage parts that are
already proved so they don't have to be typed in again. Let me know if
there is a useful technique you use, and I'll post it here.
(1) Jeff Hankins described the following technique he used:
Here's a cool trick I found useful today. The theorem dummylink can
"save" people from incorrect theorem assignments. Here's what I mean.
I had used the theorem rcla42ev, but Metamath said that there was a
disjoint variable violation, so I would have to delete that step.
However, I had a decentsize proof under the incorrect step and I did
not want to lose all that hard work. Here's what I did: I took the
last step under rcla42ev and assigned it to a dummylink. I improved the
statement under the dummylink to save that part of the proof, then I
deleted the rcla42ev and cleaned up the disjoint variable stuff. Once I
got to the part which I had the proof for already, I was able to improve
it because the proof was in the dummylink. After that, I deleted the
use of dummylink and continued on as normal. I still had to do all the
annoying technical rcla4e substitution and bound variable steps, but at
least I didn't have to do all the exponential and "if N is a natural
number, N1 is a nonnegative integer" stuff all over again.
Indeed, dummylink is probably underused as a tool to assist proof
building. Its description in set.mm contains one suggested method for
how it can be used. When the proof is complete, 'minimize_with' will
automatically reformat the proof to strip out the dummylink uses.
(2) I often use a quickanddirty script called extractproof.cmd that
creates a script to reproduce a proof. extractproof.cmd contains
the following:
set width 9999
open log 1.tmp
show new_proof
close log
set width 79
tools
match 1.tmp $ y
clean 1.tmp ber
substitute 1.tmp ' ' '%^' 1 ''
add 1.tmp ! ''
delete 1.tmp ^ =
delete 1.tmp " " ""
!substitute 1.tmp obs "" a ""
substitute 1.tmp '%' '%assign last ' 1 ''
add 1.tmp "" " /no_unify"
reverse 1.tmp
substitute 1.tmp % \n a ''
quit
Here is an example of its use. First, we extract the proof:
MM> prove a1i
Entering the Proof Assistant. HELP PROOF_ASSISTANT for help, EXIT to exit.
You will be working on statement (from "SHOW STATEMENT a1i"):
53 a1i.1 $e  ph $.
54 a1i $p  ( ps > ph ) $= ... $.
Note: The proof you are starting with is already complete.
MMPA> submit extractproof.cmd/silent
The generated script 1.tmp will contain these lines:
!9
assign last axmp /no_unify
!8
assign last ax1 /no_unify
!5
assign last a1i.1 /no_unify
The step number comment corresponds to the 'show new_proof'
step. The /no_unify prevents interactive unification while
the script is running. Now let's test the generated script:
MMPA> delete all
The entire proof was deleted.
1 a1i=? $?  ( ps > ph )
MMPA> submit 1.tmp/silent
MMPA> unify all/interactive
No new unifications were made.
MMPA> improve all
A proof of length 1 was found for step 5.
A proof of length 1 was found for step 4.
A proof of length 3 was found for step 2.
A proof of length 1 was found for step 1.
Steps 1 and above have been renumbered.
CONGRATULATIONS! The proof is complete.
For proof repair, I often extract pieces of the generated script to
automatically reprove sections that are correct. With experience, I've
learned a few tricks to deal with several problems. For example, if the
proof had an unknown step when the script was generated, the script will
contain 'assign last ?', which must be manually deleted from the generated
script, and all subsequent 'assign last' must be changed to 'assign 1'.
(5Oct2013) Improvements in extensible structure utility theorems

I revamped the utility theorems used for extensible structures. The
large collection of general structure theorems in the "Extensible
structures" section of set.mm have been reduced to just four: strfvn
(normally not used), ndxarg, ndxid, and strfv. I added comments to
these to assist understanding their purpose.
Before, it was awkward to work with structures with more than 3
components, since the number of utility theorems was O(N^2) where N is
the number of structure components. In particular, the old O(N^2)
strNvM theorems have become the single theorem strfv. To achieve this,
strfv has a hypothesis requiring that the _specific_ structure S be a
function.
Note that, as before, any particular member of say Grp (dfgrp) needn't
be a function as long as it has the required values under our dffv
definition. (This "opening up" of Grp to possible nonfunctions
dramatically simplifies many extensible structure theorems and causes no
theoretical problem.) So, strfv can't be used with an arbitrary member
of Grp. But practically speaking, we will not use _specific_ structures
that aren't functions, and this limitation (which conforms to the
literature in any case) does not cause a problem.
Extending a structure with a new component (such as groups to rings) is
now O(N), requiring one new theorem per structure component (rngbase,
rngplusg, rngmulr). In particular, the new theorem fnunsn can be used
to add a component to a previous structure. Notice its use in building
a ring structure from a group structure in rngfn.
To prove that all structure indices are different, I now successively
show each member is not in the previous set of members rather than
having O(N^2) inequalities. The largest application of this so far is
in phllem2 in my mathbox, used to prove phlfn with 8 components starting
from lvecfn with 6 components, which in turn comes from rngfn with 3
components. This shows that an 8component structure is now practical
to work with.
(8Sep2013) New dfseq (sequence generator) and dfsqr (square root)

Mario Carneiro has updated the sequence generator with the definition,
dfseq $a  seq M ( P , F ) = ( rec (
( x e. _V , y e. _V > <. ( x + 1 ) , ( y P ( F ` ( x + 1 ) ) ) >. ) ,
<. M , ( F ` M ) >. ) " om ) $.
This rec() is a function on all ordinals 0o, 1o, 2o,... consisting of
the ordered pairs
{ <. 0o , <. M , ( F ` M ) >. >. ,
<. 1o , <. ( M + 1 ) , ( F ` ( M + 1 ) ) >. >. ,
<. 2o , <. ( M + 2 ) , ( F ` ( M + 2 ) ) >. >. , ... }
When restricted to the finite ordinals (omega), its range is exactly the
sequence we want:
{ <. M , ( F ` M ) >. >. ,
<. ( M + 1 ) , ( F ` ( M + 1 ) ) >. >. ,
<. ( M + 2 ) , ( F ` ( M + 2 ) ) >. >. , ... }
So, we just extract the range and throw away the domain.
This is much simpler than the equivalent triple of previous definitions
for the same thing:
dfseq1 $a  seq1 = { <. <. f , g >. , h >. 
h = { <. x , y >.  ( x e. NN /\
y = ( 2nd ` ( ( rec ( { <. z , w >. 
w = <. ( ( 1st ` z ) + 1 ) ,
( ( 2nd ` z ) f ( g ` ( ( 1st ` z ) + 1 ) ) ) >. } ,
<. 1 , ( g ` 1 ) >. ) o. `'
( rec ( { <. z , w >.  w = ( z + 1 ) } , 1 ) ` om ) ) ` x ) ) ) } } $.
dfshft $a  shift = { <. <. f , x >. , g >.  g =
{ <. y , z >.  ( y e. CC /\ z = ( f ` ( y  x ) ) ) } } $.
dfseqz $a  seq = { <. <. x , g >. , h >. 
h = ( ( ( ( 2nd ` x ) seq1 ( g shift ( 1  ( 1st ` x ) ) ) )
shift ( ( 1st ` x )  1 ) ) ` { k e. ZZ  ( 1st ` x ) <_ k } ) } $.
The new seq has arguments, unlike the old which was a constant class
symbol. This allows proper classes for its arguments (in particular P
and F). The "M" argument is visually separated from the other two since
it acts more like a parameter; it could correspond to a subscript in a
textbook e.g. "seq_M(P,F)" in LaTeX.
Usually I prefer to have new definitions in the form of new class
constant symbols (thus requiring no new equality, hb*, etc. theorems),
but we made this an exception since Mario wants to use proper classes
for P and M, and also the old seq was rather awkward looking:
old: ( <. M , P >. seq F )
new: seq M ( P , Q )
The relationship to the old seq0, seq1, and seq (now seqz) are given
by the following theorems:
seq0fval $p  ( S seq0 F ) = seq 0 ( S , F )
seq1fval $p  ( S seq1 F ) = seq 1 ( S , F )
seqzfval $p  ( M e. V > ( <. M , S >. seqz F ) = seq M ( S , F ) )
Eventually, these 3 can be phased out.
Mario also extended to domain of the square root function to include
all of CC. The result is still uniquely defined, and corresponds
to the principal value described at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_root#Principal_square_root_of_a_complex_number
dfsqr $a  sqr = ( x e. CC > ( iota_ y e. CC ( ( y ^ 2 ) = x /\
0 <_ ( Re ` y ) /\ ( _i x. y ) e/ RR+ ) ) ) $.
Many existing theorems were affected by these changes; see the list
at the top of set.mm for 8Sep2013.
(3Jun2013) Adding or deleting antecedents in a theorem

Sometimes I might not initially know that a certain antecedent is
required for a proof, but discover it only when I'm deep into the proof.
Other times, I may have redundant antecedents that are not needed by the
proof. And, sometimes I just want to rearrange the antecedents for
better appearance or easier use later on. In all these cases, it is
annoying and timeconsuming to have to reenter the proof from scratch
to account for a modified conjunction of antecedents.
To make the task of editing antecedents easier, I use a submit script
called "unlinkant.cmd" which is listed below at the end of this note.
This method has a limitation: it assumes all antecedent linkages are
done via simp*, which will occur when we chain to referenced theorems
via syl*anc as described in the mmnotes.txt entry below of 19Mar2012.
In other situations, additional manual step deletion may be required, or
it might be possible to enhance the script.
As an example, we will use divdivdiv, which was described in the
19Mar2012 entry below. You can follow these steps to test the script.
MM> read set.mm
MM> prove divdivdiv
...
If a proof is incomplete, make sure it is in the state left by 'unify
all/interactive' then 'improve all'.
From inside the Proof Assistant,
run the script to delete all steps linking antecedents:
MMPA> submit unlinkant.cmd/silent
At this point, the proof will have the antecedent linkages stripped.
Replace the original proof in set.mm with this strippeddown proof,
either in an editor or with 'save new_proof' then 'write source'.
MMPA> show new_proof/normal
Proof of "divdivdiv":
Clip out the proof below this line to put it in the source file:
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? divcl syl111anc
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? divcl syl111anc ? ? mulcom syl11anc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
? ? ? ? divmuldiv syl22anc eqtrd opreq2d ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? divmuldiv syl22anc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? mulcom
syl11anc opreq1d ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? mulcl syl11anc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
? ? mulne0 syl22anc ? divid syl11anc 3eqtrd opreq1d ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
? ? ? divcl syl111anc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? divcl syl111anc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
? divcl syl111anc ? ? ? mulass syl111anc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? divcl
syl111anc ? mulid2 syl 3eqtr3d eqtr3d ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? divcl
syl111anc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? mulcl syl11anc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? mulcl
syl11anc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? mulne0 ad2ant2lr ? ? divcl syl111anc ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
? ? divcl syl111anc ? ? ? ? ? divne0 adantl ? ? ? divmul syl112anc mpbird
$.
The proof of "divdivdiv" to clip out ends above this line.
MMPA>
You can now edit set.mm to rearrange, add, or delete antecedents. When
done, go back into MMPA:
MMPA> unify all/interactive
MMPA> improve all
...
CONGRATULATIONS! The proof is complete.
Note that the file 3.tmp produced by the script will contain a list of
all antecedents that are needed. This is useful for determining whether
the theorem has unused ones. (The list may be slightly redundant, as
the ones with /\ below show.)
MMPA> more 3.tmp
( B e. CC /\ B =/= 0 )
( C e. CC /\ C =/= 0 )
( D e. CC /\ D =/= 0 )
A e. CC
B =/= 0
B e. CC
C =/= 0
C e. CC
D =/= 0
D e. CC
The file unlinkant.cmd is listed below.
! unlinkant.cmd  delete all steps linking antecedents to proof
! Run this at the MMPA prompt with 'submit delant.cmd/silent' on a
! complete or incomplete proof. Make sure the starting proof is in
! the state left by 'unify all/interactive' then 'improve all'. Output:
! 1. The list of required antecedents is contained in 3.tmp.
! 2. The proof shown by 'show new_proof/normal' will have antecedent
! linkages removed, so that the antecedent conjunction can be
! edited (antecedents added, deleted, or reorganized). Later,
! 'unify all/interactive' then 'improve all' will reconnect them.
! 3. The original set.mm is saved in 2.tmp in case something goes wrong.
! Temporary files used: 1.tmp, 2.tmp, 3.tmp, 4.tmp.
! We assume all antecedent linkages are done via simp*, which are normally
! chained to a referenced theorem via syl*anc (see mmnotes.txt entry
! of 19Mar2012). In other situations, additional manual step deletion
! may be required.
save new_proof/compressed
write source 2.tmp
set width 9999
open log 1.tmp
show new_proof
close log
set width 79
tools
copy 1.tmp 3.tmp
! prevent simpld, simprd deletion
substitute 1.tmp '=simpld' '=ximpld' a ''
substitute 1.tmp '=simprd' '=ximprd' a ''
! extract the steps to be deleted into 1.tmp
match 1.tmp '=simp' ''
clean 1.tmp ber
delete 1.tmp ' ' ''
add 1.tmp 'delete step ' ''
reverse 1.tmp
! get list of all required antecedents into 3.tmp
copy 3.tmp 4.tmp
match 3.tmp '=simp' ''
match 4.tmp '=? ' ''
copy 3.tmp,4.tmp 3.tmp
delete 3.tmp '' ' >'
unduplicate 3.tmp
clean 3.tmp ber
add 3.tmp '' '$'
substitute 3.tmp ' )$' '' 1 ''
quit
submit 1.tmp
delete floating_hypotheses
!(end of unlinkant.cmd)

(22May2013) New metamath program features

1. A /FORBID qualifier was added to MINIMIZE_WITH. Stronger than
/EXCEPT, it will also exclude any statements that _depend_ on the
statements in the list (based on the algorithm for SHOW TRACE_BACK).
For example,
MMPA> MINIMIZE_WITH * /FORBID axinf*,axac
will prevent statements depending on axinf, axinf2, and axac from
being used.
2. A /MATCH qualifier was added to SHOW_TRACEBACK. For example,
MM> SHOW TRACE_BACK cp /AXIOMS/MATCH axac,axinf*
will list only "axinf2" instead of a long list of axioms and
definitions to sort through.
These changes are in Version 0.07.91 20May2013.
(18May2013) Separate axioms for complex numbers

The real and complex numbers are now derived from a set of axioms
separate from their construction. This isolates them better from the
construction. It also provides more meaningful information in the
'SHOW TRACE_BACK /ESSENTIAL /AXIOMS' command.
The construction theorem that derives the axiom is called the same name
except that the prefix "ax" is changed to "ax". For example, the axiom
for closure of addition is axaddcl, and the theorem that derives it is
axaddcl.
(27Feb2013) *OLD cleanup by Scott Fenton

Scott Fenton did a large cleanup of set.mm by eliminating many
*OLD references. The following proofs were changed:
oancom ficardom alephon omsublim domtriomlem axdc3lem2 axcclem cfom
lemul1i lemul2i lemul1a ltmul12a mulgt1 ltmulgt11 gt0div ge0div ltdiv2
lediv2 lediv12a ledivp1 ledivp1i flhalf nnwo infmssuzcl expord2 expmwordi
exple1 sqlecan sqeqori crreczi facwordi faclbnd faclbnd6 facavg
fsumabs2mul 0.999... cvgratlem1ALT cvgratlem1 erelem3 efaddlem11
efaddlem15 efaddlem16 efaddlem20 efaddlem22 eftlex ef1tllem ef01tllem1
eflti efcnlem2 sin01bndlem2 cos01bndlem2 cos2bnd sin02gt0 sin4lt0
alephsuc3 bcthlem1 minveclem27 cospi cos2pi sinq12gt0t hvsubcan hvsubcan2
bcs2 norm1exi chocunii projlem18 pjthlem10 pjthlem12 omlsilem pjoc1i
shscli shsvs shsvsi shsleji shsidmi spanuni h1de2bi h1de2ctlem spansni
spansnmul spansnss spanunsni hoscl hodcl osumlem2 sumspansn spansncvi
pjaddii pjmulii pjss2i pjssmii pjocini hoaddcomi hodsi hoaddassi
hocadddiri hocsubdiri nmopub2tALT nmfnleub2 hoddii lnophsi hmops
nmcopexlem3 nmcopexlem5 nmcfnexlem3 nmcfnexlem5 cnlnadjlem2 cnlnadjlem7
nmopadjlem adjadd nmoptrii nmopcoadji leopadd leopmuli leopnmid
hmopidmchlem pjsdii pjddii pjscji pjtoi strlem1 sumdmdii cdjreui cdj1i
cdj3lem1 nndivsub epos intnat atcvrne atcvrj2b cvrat4 2llnm3 2llnm4
cdlema2 pmapjat1 2polcon4b paddun lhpocnle lhpmat idltrn ltrnmw trl0
ltrnnidn cdleme2
(25Feb2013) Sethood antecedents

I changed many antecedents to use e.g. "A e. V" instead of "A e. B" to
indicate that A must be a set. For example, uniexg was changed from
"( A e. B > U. A e. _V )" to "( A e. V > U. A e. _V )". I think the
variable V is more suggestive of the _V that it will often be replaced
with, better indicating the purpose of the antecedent.
I changed only theorems whose $f order would not change, so there is no
impact on any proofs. Eventually, we could change the others such as
funopfvg, but it would mean changing all the proofs referencing them, so
it probably won't be done soon. But I think "A e. V" is a good
convention to follow for future theorems.
(21Feb2013) Changes to syl*

I changed the order of the hypotheses of 76 syl* theorems for a better
logical "flow", per a suggestion from Mario Carneiro. This was a big
change, affecting about 6400 proofs (about 1/3 of set.mm). If you
have made changes to your mathbox that aren't in set.mm, I can update
your mathbox for you if you send it along with the set.mm it works with.
You can also update it yourself as follows.
Step 1. Copy your mathbox into a file called mathbox.mm.
Step 2. Copy and paste the following lines into the MM> prompt
(or put them in a SUBMIT script if you wish):
tools
copy mathbox.mm tmp.mm
add tmp.mm '' ' '
substitute tmp.mm ' sylanOLD ' ' sylanOLDOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylan ' ' sylanOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylanb ' ' sylanbOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylanbr ' ' sylanbrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylan2OLD ' ' sylan2OLDOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylan2 ' ' sylan2OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylan2b ' ' sylan2bOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylan2br ' ' sylan2brOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl2an ' ' syl2anOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl2anb ' ' syl2anbOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl2anbr ' ' syl2anbrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syland ' ' sylandOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylan2d ' ' sylan2dOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl2and ' ' syl2andOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylanl1 ' ' sylanl1OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylanl2 ' ' sylanl2OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylanr1 ' ' sylanr1OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylanr2 ' ' sylanr2OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylani ' ' sylaniOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylan2i ' ' sylan2iOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl2ani ' ' syl2aniOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylancl ' ' sylanclOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylancr ' ' sylancrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylanbrc ' ' sylanbrcOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylancb ' ' sylancbOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' sylancbr ' ' sylancbrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3an1OLD ' ' syl3an1OLDOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3an1 ' ' syl3an1OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3an2 ' ' syl3an2OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3an3 ' ' syl3an3OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3an1b ' ' syl3an1bOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3an2b ' ' syl3an2bOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3an3b ' ' syl3an3bOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3an1br ' ' syl3an1brOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3an2br ' ' syl3an2brOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3an3br ' ' syl3an3brOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3an ' ' syl3anOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3anb ' ' syl3anbOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3anbr ' ' syl3anbrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syld3an3 ' ' syld3an3OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syld3an1 ' ' syld3an1OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syld3an2 ' ' syld3an2OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3anl1 ' ' syl3anl1OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3anl2 ' ' syl3anl2OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3anl3 ' ' syl3anl3OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3anl ' ' syl3anlOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3anr1 ' ' syl3anr1OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3anr2 ' ' syl3anr2OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl3anr3 ' ' syl3anr3OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5OLD ' ' syl5OLDOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5com ' ' syl5comOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5 ' ' syl5OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5d ' ' syl5dOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5ib ' ' syl5ibOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5ibr ' ' syl5ibrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5bi ' ' syl5biOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5cbi ' ' syl5cbiOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5bir ' ' syl5birOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5cbir ' ' syl5cbirOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5bb ' ' syl5bbOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5rbb ' ' syl5rbbOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5bbr ' ' syl5bbrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5rbbr ' ' syl5rbbrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5eq ' ' syl5eqOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5req ' ' syl5reqOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5eqr ' ' syl5eqrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5reqr ' ' syl5reqrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5eqel ' ' syl5eqelOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5eqelr ' ' syl5eqelrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5eleq ' ' syl5eleqOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5eleqr ' ' syl5eleqrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5eqner ' ' syl5eqnerOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5ss ' ' syl5ssOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5ssr ' ' syl5ssrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5eqbr ' ' syl5eqbrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5eqbrr ' ' syl5eqbrrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5breq ' ' syl5breqOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl5breqr ' ' syl5breqrOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl7OLD ' ' syl7OLDOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl7 ' ' syl7OLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl7ib ' ' syl7ibOLD ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl6ss ' ' syl6sseq ' all ''
substitute tmp.mm ' syl6ssr ' ' syl6sseqr ' all ''
clean tmp.mm e
copy tmp.mm mathbox.mm
exit
Step 3. Place mathbox.mm into the most recent set.mm.
'Verify proof *' should show no errors related to these changes.
You may want to delete the tmp.mm* files to clean up your directory.
Step 4 (optional): Replace the syl*OLD references in your new set.mm
with the new versions. You can find these with 'show usage syl*OLD'.
For example, suppose your theorem 'xyz' uses sylanOLD. In the Proof
Assistant, type in the following commands (or run them from a script):
MM> prove xyz
MMPA> minimize_with syl*an*,syl5*,syl7*/except *OLD/allow_growth
MMPA> save new_proof/compressed
MMPA> exit
If you don't replace the syl*OLDs, then I will do that when you next
submit your mathbox using my scripts; it is an easy change for me. I
will keep the syl*OLDs in set.mm for about a year.
In the new syl5* names, "ib" and "bi" are swapped to reflect the
swapping of implication and biconditional in the new hypothesis order.
See the list at the top of set.mm for a few other renamings.
(4Nov2012) Structures have been renamed

I made the changes of the 30Oct2012 proposal below. All changes can
be seen at the top of set.mm in the 4Nov12 entries.
I also changed conflicting labels so that the "NEW" suffix could be
removed from the new structure theorems. There are about 50 labels
with "NEW" removed, and another 50 or so older labels were renamed
to prevent conflict. The old label renames generally follow this
scheme, where the added "o" stands for the "Op" added to "GrpOp" etc.:
*grp* becomes *grpo*
*abl* becomes *ablo*
*ring* becomes *ringo*
*divrng* becomes *divrngo*
Note that only conflicting ones were renamed. Thus, for example,
isgrp2i for GrpOp was _not_ renamed to "isgrpo2i" because it didn't
conflict with any "NEW". I didn't rename them in order to keep the
size of the change list smaller.
If people prefer that I rename all the GrpOp labels from *grp* to *grpo*
for better consistency, that is no big deal for me. Let me know.
(30Oct2012) Proposed renaming of structures

For a few structures in the literature, the pair that includes a base
set is called a "space", such as topological space or metric space. In
this case, the main name (without "space") is one of the pair's
elements: the topology on a (base) set, the metric of a metric space.
This is reflected in set.mm's current naming: Top vs. TopSp, Met vs.
MetSp.
For most other structures, the name usually refers to the entire
structure. In modern literature, a group is almost alway an ordered
pair of a base set and an operation.
Prior to set theory, such as Cayley (1854), a group was a base set
"accompanied" by an operation in a way not formally defined. Ordered
pairs had not been formally defined at this point in time. Although a
group member was a member of the base set, I doubt that the base set in
isolation, independent of any operation, would have been called a group.
For brevity, modern authors sometimes also use "group" to mean the "base
set of the group", using context to disambiguate. For example, a group
member is a member of the base set, since that is the only meaning that
makes sense. And most of them explain this informal dual usage. But
the formal meaning is still understood to be the ordered pair, which is
how they (in modern literature) usually define "group".
On the other hand, I don't recall ever seeing the isolated operation
itself referred to as a group.
I propose the following renaming to suggest, at least to some extent,
the literature usage.
OLD NEW
Open MetOpen open sets of a metric space
Grp GrpOp an operation for a group
GrpNEW Grp a group
SubGrp SubGrpOp the operation for a subgroup of a group
Ring RingOps the pair of operations for a ring
DivRing DivRingOps the pair of operations for a division ring
Poset PosetRel an ordering relation for a poset
PosetNEW Poset a poset
Lat LatRel an ordering relation for a lattice
LatNEW Lat a lattice
Dir DirRel an ordering relation for a directed set
Toset TosetRel an ordering relation for a totally ordered set
TopSet TopOpen the topology extractor for a TopSp
For structures that exist only in mathboxes, I won't do any renaming,
but I may rename them if they are moved to the main set.mm.
I may also rename CVec, NrmCVec, CPreHil, CBan, CHil to CVecOps, etc.,
although I need to figure out what to with them. In a way they are too
specialized (for CC rather than general fields). I might move them to
my mathbox, since I don't think anyone is using them.
(17Sep2012) Differences between REPLACE and ASSIGN

ASSIGN can only accept step numbers that haven't been assigned yet
(i.e. those in SHOW NEW_PROOF/UNKNOWN). REPLACE can potentially
accept any step number.
The assignment of $e and $f hypotheses of the theorem being proved must
be done with ASSIGN. REPLACE does not (currently) allow them.
REPLACE fails if it does not find a complete subproof for the
step being replaced. ASSIGN fails only if the conclusion of the
assigned statement cannot be unified with the unknown step.
REPLACE takes longer to run than ASSIGN. In fact, the algorithm
used by REPLACE is the same as IMPROVE /3 /DEPTH 1 /SUBPROOF
but using only the specified statement rather than scanning the entire
database.
Unlike IMPROVE, REPLACE can be used with steps having "shared" working
variables ($nn). A "shared" working variable means that it is used
outside of any existing subproof of the replaced step. In this case,
REPLACE attempts a guess at an assignment for the working variable, and
usually seems to be right. However, it is possible that this
"aggressive" assignment can be wrong, and REPLACE will issue the
warning,
Assignments to shared working variables ($nn) are guesses. If
incorrect, to undo DELETE STEP , INITIALIZE, UNIFY, then assign
them manually with LET and try REPLACE again.
I have also found that I can usually recover with just DELETE FLOATING,
INITIALIZE, UNIFY. This is what I try first so that I can salvage what
REPLACE found.
(15Sep2012) Enhancements to label and step number arguments

Version 0.07.81 (14Sep2012) of the metamath program has two minor
enhancements. I added the first one primarily to make the REPLACE and
ASSIGN syntax uniform. I have found it useful to try e.g. "REPLACE
LAST abc" first, then if it fails use "ASSIGN LAST abc". When REPLACE
is successful, it eliminates the tedium of manually assigning the
hypotheses. In the future, we could have REPLACE automatically call
ASSIGN when it fails, but I want to get some experience with it first.
Enhancement #1: Statement numbers can now be specified with +nn, which
means the nn'th unassigned step from the first in SHOW
NEW_PROOF/UNKNOWN. This complements the previously existing nn, which
means the nn'th step from the last in SHOW NEW_PROOF/UNKNOWN. This
change affects ASSIGN, REPLACE, IMPROVE, and LET STEP and makes their
step their step specification argument uniform.
For example, consider:
MMPA> show new_proof/unknown
6 mpd.1=? $?  ( ph > ( ph > ph ) )
7 mpd.2=? $?  ( ph > ( ( ph > ph ) > ph ) )
ASSIGN LAST or ASSIGN 0 refers to step 7.
ASSIGN 1 refers to step 6.
ASSIGN FIRST or ASSIGN +0 refers to step 6.
ASSIGN +1 refers to step 7.
ASSIGN 6 refers to step 6.
ASSIGN +6 is illegal, because there aren't at least 7 unknown steps.
ASSIGN 1 is illegal, because step 1 isn't unknown.
Enhancement #2: The unique label argument needed for PROVE, ASSIGN, and
REPLACE now allows wildcards, provided that there is a unique match.
This can sometimes save typing. For example, "into*3" matches only the
theorem "intopcoaconlem3". So instead of typing the long theorem name,
you can use "into*3" as a shortcut:
MM> prove into*3
Entering the Proof Assistant. HELP PROOF_ASSISTANT for help, EXIT to
exit.
You will be working on statement (from "SHOW STATEMENT intopcoaconlem3"):
If you use too few characters for a unique match, the program will tell you:
MM> prove int*3
?This command requires a unique label, but there are 3 (allowed)
matches for "int*3". The first 2 are "intmin3" and "inttop3". Use
SHOW LABELS "int*3" to see all matches.
Of course, you can check in advance to see if it's unique by typing
SHOW LABELS into*3.
It is also now easier to assign $e hypotheses. For example,
MMPA> ASSIGN LAST *.a
will assign the $e hypothesis ending with ".a", because there are no
$a or $p statements in set.mm ending with ".a". (Any $e hypothesis
not belonging to the statement being proved are ignored by the
wildcard scan.)
(12Sep2012) New IMPROVE qualifiers and improved REPLACE command

New IMPROVE qualifiers

Version 0.07.80 (4Sep2012) of the metamath program has the additional
qualifiers /2, /3, and /SUBPROOFS for the IMPROVE command. When using
this version, and especially the new qualifiers, please save your work
since the runtime can be unpredictable (possibly hours). There is no
way to cancel except to abort the program. And, because of the new
code, there is the possibility of a bug I didn't find in testing. (If
you find a bug, please let me know, of course.)
From HELP IMPROVE:
/ 1  Use the traditional search algorithm used in earlier versions
of this program. It is the default. It tries to match cutfree
statements only (those having not having variables in their
hypotheses that are not in the conclusion). It is the fastest
method when it can find a proof.
/ 2  Try to match statements with cuts. It also tries to match
steps containing working ($nn) variables when they don't share
working variables with the rest of the proof. It runs slower
than / 1.
/ 3  Attempt to find (cutfree) proofs of $e hypotheses that result
from a trial match, unlike / 2, which only attempts (cutfree)
proofs of $f hypotheses. It runs much slower than / 1, and you
may prefer to use it with specific statements. For example, if
step 456 is unknown, you may want to use IMPROVE 456 / 3 rather
than IMPROVE ALL / 3. Note that / 3 respects the / DEPTH
qualiifer, although the expense of additional run time.
/ SUBPROOFS  Look at each subproof that isn't completely known, and
try to see if it can be proved independently. This qualifier is
meaningful only for IMPROVE ALL / 2 or IMPROVE ALL / 3. It may
take a very long time to run, especially with / 3.
Note that / 2 includes the search of / 1, and / 3 includes / 2.
Specifying / 1 / 2 / 3 has the same effect as specifying just / 3, so
there is no need to specify more than one. Finally, since / 1 is the
default, you never need to use it; it is included for completeness (or
in case the default is changed in the future).
Here is an example you can duplicate if you want:
MM> prove eqtr3i
Entering the Proof Assistant. HELP PROOF_ASSISTANT for help, EXIT to exit.
You will be working on statement (from "SHOW STATEMENT eqtr3i"):
5507 eqtr3i.1 $e  A = B $.
5508 eqtr3i.2 $e  A = C $.
5509 eqtr3i $p  B = C $= ... $.
Note: The proof you are starting with is already complete.
MMPA> delete all
The entire proof was deleted.
1 eqtr3i=? $?  B = C
MMPA> improve all
No new subproofs were found.
MMPA> improve all /2
Pass 1: Trying to match cutfree statements...
Pass 2: Trying to match all statements...
No new subproofs were found.
MMPA> improve all /3
Pass 1: Trying to match cutfree statements...
Pass 2: Trying to match all statements, with cutfree hypothesis matches...
No new subproofs were found.
MMPA> improve all /3 /depth 1
Pass 1: Trying to match cutfree statements...
Pass 2: Trying to match all statements, with cutfree hypothesis matches...
A proof of length 9 was found for step 1.
Steps 1 and above have been renumbered.
CONGRATULATIONS! The proof is complete. Use SAVE NEW_PROOF to save it.
Note: The Proof Assistant does not detect $d violations. After saving
the proof, you should verify it with VERIFY PROOF.
MMPA> show new_proof
6 eqcomi.1=eqtr3i.1 $e  A = B
7 eqtri.1=eqcomi $p  B = A
8 eqtri.2=eqtr3i.2 $e  A = C
9 eqtr3i=eqtri $p  B = C
MMPA>
Explanation:
IMPROVE ALL /1 (default i.e. old algorithm) didn't even consider eqtri
because it is not cut free i.e. it has variable "A" in the hypotheses
that isn't in the conclusion.
IMPROVE ALL /2 did not prove it because there was no match to hypothesis
eqtri.1 " B = A" in the hypotheses (or other parts of the proof, if
there were any) of eqtr3i.
IMPROVE ALL /3 alone didn't prove it because there was no statement with
0 $e hypotheses that matched eqtri.1 " B = A". It did not consider
eqcomi, which has a $e hypothesis.
IMPROVE ALL /3 /DEPTH 1 considered eqcomi, which has 1 $e hypothesis,
and the hypothesis eqcomi.1 matched eqtr3i.1, proving the theorem.
Each of these qualifiers takes longer to run than the previous. In
addition, it is better to try depth 0 (default) first, then /depth 1,
then /depth 2,... because (in addition to much greater runtime) each
increasing depth may result in a less efficient proof. For example,
'improve /3 /depth 2' finds a proof, but it will have a redundant use of
idi (try it).
The /SUBPROOF qualifier

The /SUBPROOF qualifier is occasionally useful if you have a proof that
is a tangled mess with many unknown steps, and you want to see if
something simpler will prove parts of it. Originally I had /SUBPROOF as
the default for /2 and /3, but later I made it a separate qualifier
because it can take a huge amount of runtime, especially with /3.
The /SUBPROOF qualifier found a proof for the following (somewhat
contrived) example that you can duplicate if you want.
MM> prove dalem22
Entering the Proof Assistant. HELP PROOF_ASSISTANT for help, EXIT to exit.
You will be working on statement (from "SHOW STATEMENT dalem22"):
70869 dalem.ph $e  ( ph <> ( ( ( K e. HL /\ C e. A ) /\ ( P e. A /\ Q e.
A /\ R e. A ) /\ ( S e. A /\ T e. A /\ U e. A ) ) /\ ( Y e. O /\ Z e.
O ) /\ ( ( . C L ( P J Q ) /\ . C L ( Q J R ) /\ . C L ( R J P ) )
/\ ( . C L ( S J T ) /\ . C L ( T J U ) /\ . C L ( U J S ) ) /\ (
C L ( P J S ) /\ C L ( Q J T ) /\ C L ( R J U ) ) ) ) ) $.
70870 dalem.l $e  L = ( le ` K ) $.
70871 dalem.j $e  J = ( join ` K ) $.
70872 dalem.a $e  A = ( Atoms ` K ) $.
70873 dalem.ps $e  ( ps <> ( ( c e. A /\ d e. A ) /\ . c L Y /\ ( d =/=
c /\ . d L Y /\ C L ( c J d ) ) ) ) $.
70905 dalem22.o $e  O = ( LPlanes ` K ) $.
70906 dalem22.y $e  Y = ( ( P J Q ) J R ) $.
70907 dalem22.z $e  Z = ( ( S J T ) J U ) $.
70908 dalem22 $p  ( ( ph /\ Y = Z /\ ps ) > ( ( c J d ) J ( P J S ) ) e.
O ) $= ... $.
Note: The proof you are starting with is already complete.
MMPA> delete step 70
A 34step subproof at step 70 was deleted. Steps 70:276 are now 37:243.
37 mpbid.min=? $?  ( ( ph /\ Y = Z /\ ps ) > ( ( c J d ) (
meet ` K ) ( P J S ) ) e. A )
MMPA> assign last dalem21
To undo the assignment, DELETE STEP 65 and if needed INITIALIZE, UNIFY.
56 dalem.ph=? $?  ( ph <> ( ( ( $12 e. HL /\ $13 e. A )
/\ ( P e. A /\ $14 e. A /\ $15 e. A ) /\ ( S e. A /\ $16 e. A /\ $17 e. A )
) /\ ( Y e. $18 /\ Z e. $18 ) /\ ( ( . $13 $19 ( P J $14 ) /\ . $13 $19 (
$14 J $15 ) /\ . $13 $19 ( $15 J P ) ) /\ ( . $13 $19 ( S J $16 ) /\ .
$13 $19 ( $16 J $17 ) /\ . $13 $19 ( $17 J S ) ) /\ ( $13 $19 ( P J S ) /\
$13 $19 ( $14 J $16 ) /\ $13 $19 ( $15 J $17 ) ) ) ) )
57 dalem.l=? $?  $19 = ( le ` $12 )
58 dalem.j=? $?  J = ( join ` $12 )
59 dalem.a=? $?  A = ( Atoms ` $12 )
60 dalem.ps=? $?  ( ps <> ( ( c e. A /\ d e. A ) /\ . c
$19 Y /\ ( d =/= c /\ . d $19 Y /\ $13 $19 ( c J d ) ) ) )
61 dalem21.m=? $?  ( meet ` K ) = ( meet ` $12 )
62 dalem21.o=? $?  $18 = ( LPlanes ` $12 )
63 dalem21.y=? $?  Y = ( ( P J $14 ) J $15 )
64 dalem21.z=? $?  Z = ( ( S J $16 ) J $17 )
MMPA> improve all /2 /subproof
Pass 1: Trying to match cutfree statements...
A proof of length 1 was found for step 55.
A proof of length 1 was found for step 54.
A proof of length 1 was found for step 53.
A proof of length 1 was found for step 52.
A proof of length 3 was found for step 50.
A proof of length 1 was found for step 47.
A proof of length 1 was found for step 44.
A proof of length 1 was found for step 41.
A proof of length 1 was found for step 39.
A proof of length 1 was found for step 38.
A proof of length 1 was found for step 37.
Pass 2: Trying to match all statements...
Pass 3: Trying to replace incomplete subproofs...
A proof of length 34 was found for step 67.
Steps 37 and above have been renumbered.
CONGRATULATIONS! The proof is complete. Use SAVE NEW_PROOF to save it.
Note: The Proof Assistant does not detect $d violations. After saving
the proof, you should verify it with VERIFY PROOF.
MMPA>
In this case, just before "IMPROVE ALL /2/SUBPROOF", step 37 (which
became step 65 after the last assignment) had the known content "$p  (
( ph /\ Y = Z /\ ps ) > ( ( c J d ) ( meet ` K ) ( P J S ) ) e. A )".
However, the subproof ending at dalem21 contained a hopeless mess of $nn
work variables.
The /subproof algorithm did the following. It scanned the proof and saw
that step 65 had an incomplete subproof. So it then tried to prove step
65 (using the /2 algorithm) completely independently of the existing
incomplete subproof and found a new proof. It then deleted the existing
subproof and replaced it with the one it found.. It didn't matter what
the existing subproof had: it could have been total "garbage" with
nothing at all to do with the final proof that was found.
I don't yet have a good feel for when /subproof will help or not.
However, sometimes it can take a very long time to run, so you should
"save new_proof" then "write source" before you try it, in case you have
to abort it.
Improved REPLACE command

Recall the first part of the previous example:
MM> prove dalem22
Entering the Proof Assistant. HELP PROOF_ASSISTANT for help, EXIT to exit.
You will be working on statement (from "SHOW STATEMENT dalem22"):
70869 dalem.ph $e  ( ph <> ( ( ( K e. HL /\ C e. A ) /\ ( P e. A /\ Q e.
A /\ R e. A ) /\ ( S e. A /\ T e. A /\ U e. A ) ) /\ ( Y e. O /\ Z e.
O ) /\ ( ( . C L ( P J Q ) /\ . C L ( Q J R ) /\ . C L ( R J P ) )
/\ ( . C L ( S J T ) /\ . C L ( T J U ) /\ . C L ( U J S ) ) /\ (
C L ( P J S ) /\ C L ( Q J T ) /\ C L ( R J U ) ) ) ) ) $.
70870 dalem.l $e  L = ( le ` K ) $.
70871 dalem.j $e  J = ( join ` K ) $.
70872 dalem.a $e  A = ( Atoms ` K ) $.
70873 dalem.ps $e  ( ps <> ( ( c e. A /\ d e. A ) /\ . c L Y /\ ( d =/=
c /\ . d L Y /\ C L ( c J d ) ) ) ) $.
70905 dalem22.o $e  O = ( LPlanes ` K ) $.
70906 dalem22.y $e  Y = ( ( P J Q ) J R ) $.
70907 dalem22.z $e  Z = ( ( S J T ) J U ) $.
70908 dalem22 $p  ( ( ph /\ Y = Z /\ ps ) > ( ( c J d ) J ( P J S ) ) e.
O ) $= ... $.
Note: The proof you are starting with is already complete.
MMPA> delete step 70
A 34step subproof at step 70 was deleted. Steps 70:276 are now 37:243.
37 mpbid.min=? $?  ( ( ph /\ Y = Z /\ ps ) > ( ( c J d ) (
meet ` K ) ( P J S ) ) e. A )
Suppose we know in advance that dalem21 is the correct statement to
assign to step 37. If we type "ASSIGN LAST dalem21", we get the 9
hypotheses, as shown in the previous section, that have to be assigned
by hand; even worse, there are a lot of $nn work variables in those
hypotheses that we have to figure out.
The REPLACE command has been enhanced so that it can "replace" any step
at all, even unknown steps that have not been assigned yet, provided
that it can find a match to all of the hypotheses of the REPLACE
label argument.
So above, instead of "ASSIGN LAST dalem21", we can type
"REPLACE LAST dalem21". We will see:
MMPA> replace last dalem21
CONGRATULATIONS! The proof is complete. Use SAVE NEW_PROOF to save it.
Note: The Proof Assistant does not detect $d violations. After saving
the proof, you should verify it with VERIFY PROOF.
Thus we have eliminated the tedium of having to assign by hand the 9
hypotheses resulting from ASSIGN. If REPLACE cannot find matches for
all the hypotheses, it will say so, and in that case you will have to go
back to ASSIGN to complete the proof. But in a lot of cases, it may be
worth a try.
Note that you can also REPLACE a step that has been assigned, even with
the same label it has been assigned to. For example, if we typed
"ASSIGN LAST dalem21", then step 37 would become step 65, and we can
then try "REPLACE 65 dalem21".
(24Mar2012) MINIMIZE_WITH usage suggestions

Recently, the metamath program was changed so the the scan order in the
MINIMIZE_WITH command is now bottom to top instead of top to bottom. I
chose this because empirically, slightly shorter proofs often result
because more "advanced" theorems get used first. For large proofs, it
can be useful to run the original order using the new /REVERSE
qualifier, to see which order results in the smallest proof.
The script that I almost always use is the following:
MINIMIZE_WITH * /BRIEF /EXCEPT 3*tr*,3syl,*OLD,ee*
MINIMIZE_WITH 3*tr* /BRIEF /EXCEPT *OLD
SHOW NEW_PROOF /COMPRESSED
Running the 3*tr*'s last sometimes results in a more optimal use of
3bitr*, 3eqtr*, etc. The ee* exclusion forces standard theorems to
be used in place of identical ones in Alan Sare's utility set.
You may need to use /NO_DISTINCT with some theorems to avoid
distinct variable conflicts. (At some future point hopefully
this won't be required.)
I've noticed that minimizing with 3syl often increases rather than
decreases the size of the compressed proof. If I suspect 3syl could
be useful, I save the proof, then MINIMIZE_WITH 3syl; if the compressed
proof becomes shorter, I use it, otherwise I discard it.
On larger proofs, I save the source before minimization into
separate file (SAVE NEW_PROOF then WRITE SOURCE xxx), then run
the following script on the saved file:
MINIMIZE_WITH * /BRIEF /EXCEPT 3*tr*,3syl,*OLD,ee* /REVERSE
MINIMIZE_WITH 3*tr* /BRIEF /EXCEPT *OLD /REVERSE
SHOW NEW_PROOF /COMPRESSED
I then pick whichever compressed proof is the shortest.
Finally, recall that mathboxes are excluded unless you use the
/INCLUDE_MATHBOXES (/I) qualifier. Right now, your own mathbox is also
excluded, unfortuately; I hope to fix this in a future release.
(19Mar2012) A new approach to antecedent manipulation

In the 18Aug2011 entry below, I described the problem of having to
"waste" proof steps to manipulate antecedents in order to match the
antecedents of referenced theorems. My initial proposal, which was to
adopt "canonical" parenthesizations, had a number of problems described
in the 31Aug2011 entry below, and I gave up on that approach.
Here I will described a new approach I have been using in my mathbox for
a while and seems to work reasonably well. I think it is much easier to
use than the sequence of antecedent commuting (such as ancom1s),
reparenthesizations (such as anassrs), and adding antecendents (such as
ad2ant2r) that has "traditionally" been used in set.mm and which can be
tedious and frustrating to do optimally. Moreover, it often results in
a shorter compressed proof. The uncompressed proof tends to be longer,
but usually this isn't a concern since we ordinarily store compressed
proofs.
Note that the new method is not a requirement for new proofs but is
simply a suggested method available to the user.
At the end of this entry I compare an example proof (divdivdiv)
using the old and new methods.
New utility theorems

For use by the new method, I added to set.mm 117 simp* theorems
(simplification to a single conjunct, simpll1 through simp333) and 28
syl*anc theorems (syllogism with contraction, syl11anc through
syl333anc). The simp* theorems will handle all possible simplifications
of double and triple conjunctions nested up to 2 levels deep. The
syl*anc theorems will handle all possible target antecedents with double
and triple conjunctions nested up to 1 level deep.
Even though this is a lot of theorems, I think that over time they will
result in a set.mm size reduction via shorter proofs that will result.
They are consistently named. For example, in the simp* example
simp31l $p  ( ( ta /\ et /\ ( ( ph /\ ps ) /\ ch /\ th ) ) > ph ) $=
the
"3" means the 3rd member of the outermost triple conjunction,
"1" means the 1st member of the nextnested triple conjunction, and
"l" means the left member of the nextnested double conjunction.
In general, "1", "2", "3" refer to triple conjunctions and "l", "r" to
double conjunctions.
The following example shows the syl*anc naming convention:
syl231anc.1 $e  ( ph > ps ) $.
syl231anc.2 $e  ( ph > ch ) $.
syl231anc.3 $e  ( ph > th ) $.
syl231anc.4 $e  ( ph > ta ) $.
syl231anc.5 $e  ( ph > et ) $.
syl231anc.6 $e  ( ph > ze ) $.
syl231anc.7 $e  ( ( ( ps /\ ch ) /\ ( th /\ ta /\ et ) /\ ze ) > si ) $.
syl231anc $p  ( ph > si ) $= ... $.
the "231" (a string of length 3) means there are 3 outer conjuncts
composed of a double ("2"), a triple ("3"), and a "unary" ("1")
conjunction respectively.
In a proof, the simp* and syl*anc theorems would be used in the following way:
...
sylxxxanc.1=simpxxx  (main antecedent) > (piece of ref'd antecdnt)
sylxxxanc.2=simpxxx  (main antecedent) > (piece of ref'd antecdnt)
sylxxxanc.3=simpxxx  (main antecedent) > (piece of ref'd antecdnt)
sylxxxanc.4=(ref'd thm)  (ref'd antecent) > (ref'd theorem)
(target)=sylxxxanc  (main antecedent) > (ref'd theorem)
...
The new procedure

You can use the following procedure is used to create this kind of proof,
without having to remember the names of the simp* and syl*anc theorems.
(See divdivdiv below for an example.)
1. Use syl to connect the main antecedent to the reference theorem.
2. Assign the referenced theorem to syl.2.
3. Apply 3jca and jca as many times as necessary to break up the
expression now assigned to syl.1 into individual conjuncts on the
righthand side. (Hint: if in doubt whether the outermost conjunction
is double or triple, try 3jca first.)
4. Use IMPROVE ALL to assign the simp* theorems to the jca and 3jca
hypotheses automatically.
When the proof is done, use 'MINIMIZE_WITH syl*anc / BRIEF'. The
syl*anc theorems will automatically replace the syl and shorten the
proof.
Sometimes the jca and 3jca breakups won't be proved automatically
with MINIMIZE_WITH, such as when the closure of a compound operation
is needed. In that case, repeat the above 4 steps recursively:
apply syl, assign the closure theorem to syl.2, and break up
syl.1 with 3jca and jca.
Guidelines for new theorems

In order for new theorems to be compatible with uses of syl*anc in
theorems referencing them, the important thing (for up to 9 antecedent
conjuncts) is that
1. In the theorem's statement, the conjunct nesting level in the
antecedent should be no greater than one.
For example, ( ( ph /\ ps ) /\ ( ch /\ th ) ) is acceptable,
whereas ( ( ( ph /\ ps ) /\ ch ) /\ th ) is not. (For more than 9
conjuncts, which is rare, I don't have a guideline.)
The simp* theorems provide for all possibilities up to 2 nesting levels.
Thus additional antecedent conjuncts can be present as needed inside of
the proof (as would be the case, for example, before applying
pm2.61dan). The main guideline for antecedents inside of proofs is that
2. In a proof step, the conjunct nesting level in the antecedent
should be no greater than two.
The maximum number of antecedent conjuncts inside of a proof to which
simp* can apply is 27, achieved with triple conjunctions nested 2
levels deep.
Obsolete theorems

I plan to make the following changes within a week or so.
The following 4 existing theorems will be replaced by new ones with a
different hypothesis order. (The new ones are in set.mm already.)
Obsolete Will be replaced by  Obsolete Will be replaced by
    

sylanc syl11anc  syl3anc syl111anc
syl2anc syl22anc  syl3an2c syl13anc
The following 49 existing theorems will be renamed for naming consistency.
Old name New name will be  Old name New name will be
    

sylan31c syl21anc  3simp1i simp1i
sylan32c syl12anc  3simp2i simp2i
pm3.26im simplim  3simp3i simp3i
pm3.27im simprim  3simp1d simp1d
pm3.26 simpl  3simp2d simp2d
pm3.26i simpli  3simp3d simp3d
pm3.26d simplld  3simp1bi simp1bi
pm3.26bi simplbi  3simp2bi simp2bi
pm3.27 simpr  3simp3bi simp3bi
pm3.27i simpri  3simp1l simp1l
pm3.27d simprd  3simp1r simp1r
pm3.27bi simprbi  3simp2l simp2l
pm3.26bda simprbda  3simp2r simp2r
pm3.27bda simplbda  3simp3l simp3l
pm3.26bi2 simplbi2  3simp3r simp3r
pm3.26bi2VD simplbi2VD  3simp11 simp11
3simp1 simp1  3simp12 simp12
3simp2 simp2  3simp13 simp13
3simp3 simp3  3simp21 simp21
3simpl1 simpl1  3simp22 simp22
3simpl2 simpl2  3simp23 simp23
3simpl3 simpl3  3simp31 simp31
3simpr1 simpr1  3simp32 simp32
3simpr2 simpr2  3simp33 simp33
3simpr3 simpr3 
Example  proof of theorem divdivdiv

Compare:
http://us2.metamath.org:88/mpegif/divdivdiv.html  new
http://us2.metamath.org:88/mpegif/divdivdivOLD.html  old
As an example, I reproved the existing divdivdiv (which I remember as
being somewhat tedious to achieve a short proof for using the traditional
method). You can compare them as divdivdiv vs. divdivdivOLD. The
uncompressed proof of divdivdiv is about 25% larger than that of
divdivdivOLD, but the compressed proof is slightly smaller and there are
fewer steps on the web page.
As an example in this proof, one of the steps needed was:
555 eqtrd.2=? $?  ( ( ( A e. CC /\ ( B e. CC /\ B
=/= 0 ) ) /\ ( ( C e. CC /\ C =/= 0 ) /\ ( D e. CC /\ D =/= 0 ) ) ) > (
( A / B ) x. ( D / C ) ) = ( ( A x. D ) / ( B x. C ) ) )
The consequent matches divmuldiv. To connect the antecedent, I
performed the following steps:
assign last syl
assign last divmuldiv
obtaining:
558 syl.1=? $?  ( ( ( A e. CC /\ ( B e. CC /\
B =/= 0 ) ) /\ ( ( C e. CC /\ C =/= 0 ) /\ ( D e. CC /\ D =/= 0 ) ) ) >
( ( A e. CC /\ D e. CC ) /\ ( ( B e. CC /\ B =/= 0 ) /\ ( C e. CC /\ C
=/= 0 ) ) ) )
Next I broke up the consequent with jca's:
assign last jca
improve all
assign last jca
improve all
...
until no conjunctions remained in the consequent.
Finally, I did "MINIMIZE_WITH * /BRIEF" resulting in:
648 sylXanc.1=simpll $p  ( ( ( A e. CC /\ ( B e. CC /\
B =/= 0 ) ) /\ ( ( C e. CC /\ C =/= 0 ) /\ ( D e. CC /\ D =/= 0 ) ) ) >
A e. CC )
673 sylXanc.2=simprrl $p  ( ( ( A e. CC /\ ( B e. CC /\
B =/= 0 ) ) /\ ( ( C e. CC /\ C =/= 0 ) /\ ( D e. CC /\ D =/= 0 ) ) ) >
D e. CC )
699 sylXanc.3=simplr $p  ( ( ( A e. CC /\ ( B e. CC /\
B =/= 0 ) ) /\ ( ( C e. CC /\ C =/= 0 ) /\ ( D e. CC /\ D =/= 0 ) ) ) >
( B e. CC /\ B =/= 0 ) )
725 sylXanc.4=simprl $p  ( ( ( A e. CC /\ ( B e. CC /\
B =/= 0 ) ) /\ ( ( C e. CC /\ C =/= 0 ) /\ ( D e. CC /\ D =/= 0 ) ) ) >
( C e. CC /\ C =/= 0 ) )
730 syl22anc.5=divmuldiv $p  ( ( ( A e. CC /\ D e. CC ) /\
Press for more, Q quit, S scroll, B back up...
( ( B e. CC /\ B =/= 0 ) /\ ( C e. CC /\ C =/= 0 ) ) ) > ( ( A / B ) x.
( D / C ) ) = ( ( A x. D ) / ( B x. C ) ) )
731 eqtrd.2=syl22anc $p  ( ( ( A e. CC /\ ( B e. CC /\ B
=/= 0 ) ) /\ ( ( C e. CC /\ C =/= 0 ) /\ ( D e. CC /\ D =/= 0 ) ) ) > (
( A / B ) x. ( D / C ) ) = ( ( A x. D ) / ( B x. C ) ) )
Note that syl, jca, and 3jca were the only theorems I had to know the
names of. I didn't need to remember the names of simprrl, syl22anc,
etc. since they will happen automatically.
(End of 16Mar2012 A new approach to antecedent manipulation)


(15Sep2011) Partial functions and restricted iota

This is a proposal to add definition dfriota below. As usual, any
comments are welcome.
The current iota definition is
dfiota $a  ( iota x ph ) = U. { y  { x  ph } = { y } }
Consider a poset (partially ordered set) with a base set B and a
relation R. The supremum (least upper bound) of a subset S (of the base
set B) is the unique member of B (if there is one) such that
A. y e. S y R x /\ A. z e. B ( A. y e. S y R z > x R z )
The LUB is a partial function on the subsets of B: for some subsets it
may "exist" (in the textbook sense of this verb), and for others it may
not. There are several ways to deal with partial functions. One useful
way is to define "the value exists" as meaning "the value is a member of
B" i.e. "E. x e. B ...", since the domain of discourse is the base set
B. This is analogous to the settheoretical meaning of "exists" meaning
"is a member of the domain of discourse _V."
Now, it turns out that the set ~P U. B is not a member of B, which can
be proved without invoking the Axiom of Regularity (see theorem
pwuninel). We can define an "undefined value" function:
( Undef ` B ) = ~P U. B so that ( Undef ` B ) e/ B
This device can be used to work with partial functions generally, the
case of posets being one example.
The problem with using the standard iota for defining the LUB is that
the iota returns the empty set (/) when it is not meaningful, and (/)
could be a member of B. In order to get a guaranteed nonmember of B
when the LUB doesn't "exist", we can't (easily) use the standard iota
but need the following awkward and nonintuitive definition of LUB:
( lub ` S ) = { t  E. u ( u = { x e. B  ( A. y e. S y R x
/\ A. z e. B ( A. y e. S y R z > x R z ) ) }
/\ t = if ( E. v u = { v } , U. u , ( Undef ` B ) ) ) }
(The purpose of the "{ t  E. u ... }" is to avoid having to repeat
"A. y e. S y R x /\ A. z e. B ( A. y e. S y R z > x R z )" twice,
which would be required if we used dfiota.)
We can introduce a "restricted iota" as follows:
dfriota $a  ( iota x e. A ph ) = if ( E! x e. A ph ,
( iota x ( x e. A /\ ph ) ) , ( Undef ` A ) )
Using dfriota, the LUB becomes
( lub ` S ) = ( iota x e. B
( A. y e. S y R x /\ A. z e. B ( A. y e. S y R z > x R z ) ) )
Thus dfriota above, even though somewhat awkward, seems to provide the
most useful tool. Some properties we would have are:
iotariota $p  ( iota x ph ) = ( iota x e. _V ph )
riotaiota $p  ( E! x e. A ph > ( iota x e. A ph ) = ( iota x ( x e. A
/\ ph ) ) )
Most importantly, the "closure" of restricted iota is equivalent to
its "existence" in the textbook sense:
riotaclb.1 $e  A e. _V $.
riotaclb $p  ( E! x e. A ph <> ( iota x e. A ph ) e. A )
thus making it very useful for working with partial functions.
(End of 15Sep2011 restricted iota proposal)

(6Sep2011) cnaddablNEW vs. cnaddabl2NEW (continuation of 5Sep2011)

Yesterday, I wrote: "For some things like proving cnaddablxNEW (the new
version of cnaddabl), it seems we have to reference the actual
finitesequence structure." Today I added a function to construct an
explicit member of a structure class given its components, called
StrBldr (dfstrbldr), and I proved cnaddablxNEW with a
"scaffoldindependent" notation, mainly to demonstrate a way to do it.
An advantage of using StrBldr is that we can later change the
definition of dfstruct (e.g. to use a different ordered ntuple
definition, such as a sequence on ordinals) without changing theorems.
A disadvantage of using StrBldr is longer expressions (at least for this
example). It also hides the actual "thing" that the complex addition
group "is" in an abstract (and nonstandard) way.
cnaddablxNEW is an example of the "scaffolddependent" method:
cnaddablx.1NEW $e  G = { <. 1 , CC >. , <. 2 , + >. } $.
cnaddablxNEW $p  G e. AbelNEW $= ... $.
Note that the explicit structure { <. 1 , CC >. , <. 2 , + >. }, using
only elementary settheory symbols, is shown. In other words, the
"scaffold" is a 2member finite sequence on NN, which we show
explicitly. This would change if we adopted a different ntuple
definition.
cnaddablNEW is an example of the "scaffoldindependent" method:
cnaddabl.1NEW $e  G = StrBldr ( 2 , g , ( ( base ` g ) = CC /\ ( +g ` g ) = + ) ) $.
cnaddablNEW $p  G e. AbelNEW $= ... $.
In cnaddablNEW, there is no reference to structure holding the group
components (base and operation). If later we changed the definition of
Struct to use a different ntuple definition, the theorem cnaddabl2NEW
would not change.
I don't know which might be better for longterm use. In any case,
these theorems (in my mathbox) are experimental, and I don't plan to put
them into the main part of set.mm in the near future. As usual, any
comments are welcome.
(5Sep2011) Structures for groups, rings, etc.

In general, the way we extend structures in the present set.mm is
awkward. For example, an inner product space is not a vector space in
the strict formal sense, but we must undergo a mapping to apply vector
space theorems to inner product spaces.
For small structures like groups, the "trick" of specifying the group
completely by its operation makes the statement of some theorems
shorter. We extract the base set of the group from the range of this
operation. But as structures get more complex (more specialized), we
have no uniform way to extend them.
With a view towards more flexibility in the future, I propose a new
format for structures using what I call "extensible structure builders".
The structures will be finite sequences, i.e. functions on ( 1 ... N )
where N e. NN. For example, a group consists of any finite sequence
with at least 2 members, a base and the group operation. A ring is any
(Abelian) group specialized with a a multiplication operation as the 3rd
member. Thus any ring is also a group, and any theorem about groups
automatically applies to rings. This kind of extensible specialization
becomes important with things like the transition from lattices to
ortholattices, vector spaces to inner product spaces, etc. In other
words, "every Boolean algebra is a lattice" becomes a literal, rigorous
statement, not just an informal way of expressing a homomorphism.
I propose to use finite sequences instead of ordered ntuples because
the theory of functions is welldeveloped, whereas ordered ntuples
become awkward with more than 3 or 4 members, involving e.g. ( 1st ` (
2nd ` ( 1st...))) to extract a member. I made them sequences on NN
rather than om (omega) because we have a richer set of theorems for NN.
But in principle om could also be used, and it would be closer to the
ZFC axioms, and the Axiom of Infinity would not be needed to prove say
simple theorems of group theory.
In my mathbox, I have shown a proposed definition of the extensible
structure builder Struct along with some theorems about groups and rings
"translated" to use it. For the most part, the translations were
straightforward and mechanical, as can be seen by comparing theorems
with "NEW" after them with to their originals already in set.mm.
In dfstruct, we define Struct(N,f,ph), where N is an integer and ph is
a wff containing f as a free variable. In Struct(N,f,ph), f is a
bound variable.
dfstruct $a  Struct ( N , f , ph ) = { f  ( E. m e. NN ( N <_ m
/\ f Fn ( 1 ... m ) ) /\ ph ) } $.
In other words, a structure with say 2 members (such as a group) is any
sequence with _at least_ 2 members whose first 2 members satisfy the
requirements specified by wff ph. This means we can extend (specialize)
a group to become a ring without destroying its property of being a
group.
When possible, it desirable not to reference members of a structure
directly via the sequence values (which is highly dependent on the
definition of Struct(N,f,ph)). Instead, we can define "extractors" of
the components. This way, if in the future we decide on a different
"scaffold" (such as a sequence on finite ordinals instead of NN) most
theorems will remain unchanged. For example, for groups and rings, we
define
dfbase $a  base = ( f e. _V > ( f ` 1 ) ) $.
dfplusg $a  +g = ( f e. _V > ( f ` 2 ) ) $.
dfmulr $a  .r = ( f e. _V > ( f ` 3 ) ) $.
Then we can reference "(base ` G)" rather than "(G ` 1)".
I put dfstruct in my mathbox. To illustrate it, I added the
corresponding new definitions dfgrpNEW, dfablNEW, and dfringNEW
(which define classes GrpNEW, AbelNEW, and RingNEW) along with several
dozen theorems taken from the main set.mm, with NEW appended to their
names. We have the nice inclusions
GrpNEW C_ AbelNEW C_ RingNEW,
making it easy to reuse theorems for more general structures with less
general structures. These inclusions can be continued through division
rings, vectors spaces, and inner product spaces.
You may want to compare the "scaffoldindependent" isgrpiNEW to the old
isgrpi. There is also a "scaffolddependent" version isgrpixNEW (the
"x" after "isgrpi" means "explicit" i.e. scaffolddependent). For some
things like proving cnaddablxNEW (the new version of cnaddabl), it seems
we have to reference the actual finitesequence structure. I have some
ideas for avoiding that, but so far they seem to make things more
complex rather than simpler, and I didn't put them in. (Later  I did
put them in; see dfstrbldr and related theorems and note of
6Sep2011.)
Also note the analogous zaddablNEW showing the integers are a group:
we do not have to restrict the "+" operation to ZZ.
Comments are welcome.
(31Aug2011) Canonical conjunctions  followup

It looks like there is no strong consensus on any of the proposed
methods, so for the time being we'll continue to use whatever ad hoc
parenthesization seems to fit the need at hand. Perhaps this is best
anyway.
(18Aug2011) Canonical conjunctions

Background

A significant portion of many proofs consists of manipulating
antecendents to rearrange the parenthesization of conjuncts, change the
order of conjuncts, etc. One of the problems has to do with the many
ways that a conjunction can be parenthesized. In the case of dfan
(binary conjuncts), the number of parenthesizations for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 conjuncts are 1, 2, 5, 14, 42, 132, 429, 1430,
4862, 16796, and 58786 respectively (Catalan numbers). For mixed dfan
and df3an it is of course even larger. It is impractical to have
utility theorems for all possible transformations from one
parenthesization to another; e.g. we would need 42 * 41 = 1722 utility
theorems, analogous to anasss, to handle all possible transformations of
6conjunct antecedents with dfan parenthesizations. So we compromise
and use a sequence of manipulations with a much smaller set of
transformations in order to achieve the desired transformation.
To reduce the number of such antecedent manipulation steps as well as
the number of specialpurpose utility theorems, I propose that for all
new theorems, we adopt a canonical parenthesization for all conjunctions
(whether in antecedents or not). Of course there would be certain early
exceptions such as anass that are intrinsically about the
parenthesization. Over time, existing theorems and their proofs can
also be retrofitted to shorten them. I believe this can significantly
reduce the size of some proofs as well as make them easier to follow,
since the reader doesn't have to mentally skip over increasingly nested
steps doing nothing but boring antecedent transformations.
Summary of proposals

I will describe three possible methods. (A fifth method from a
Metamath Google Groups posting by FL on 9Aug2011, is a hybrid of
Method #1 and Method #2 and not presented here.)
Method #1: Same nesting level
Advantages: Arguably most "natural"; fewest changes to retrofit set.mm
Disadvantages: Neither minimum parentheses nor minimum nesting
Method #2: Recursive grouping
Advantages: Minimal parentheses; simple algorithm
Disadvantages: No minimum nesting
Method #3: Symmetry
Advantages: Minimal parentheses; minimal nesting under constraint of
symmetry
Disadvantages: Apparently not "natural" (rarely used in current
set.mm); no simple algorithm to derive n+1st case from nth case;
nesting is not theoretical minimum.
Method #4: Attempt at minimal nesting
Advantages: Appears to have minimum parentheses and minimum nesting.
Disadvantages: Not inuitive; somewhat complex algorithm.
Method #1: Same nesting level

I collected all antecedents using 2an and/or 3an, with the results
summarized in Table 1 below. The empirically most frequent patterns are
arguably the "most natural". For 2 through 6 conjuncts, these are:
2210 (ph/\ps)
1005 (ph/\ps/\ch)
239 ((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th))
58 ((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta))
24 ((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et))
(For 7 through 12 conjuncts there isn't enough data for a clear pattern
to emerge.) The pattern here is that all conjuncts are at the same
nesting level, at the expense of both minimum nesting and minimum
parentheses. The rules would be:
1. Using 3an as much as possible, put all conjuncts at the same nesting
level.
2. At a given level, 2an's go to the right of 3an's.
For 2 through 12 conjuncts, these rules give:
(ph/\ps)
(ph/\ps/\ch)
((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th))
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta))
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et))
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta)/\(et/\ze))
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\(ze/\si))
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\(ze/\si/\rh))
(((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et))/\((ze/\si)/\(rh/\la)))
(((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et))/\((ze/\si/\rh)/\(la/\ka)))
(((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et))/\((ze/\si/\rh)/\(la/\ka/\mu)))
Table 1: Frequency of parenthesization patterns in set.mm
#cases parenthesization
 
2210 (ph/\ps)
1005 (ph/\ps/\ch)
62 (ph/\(ps/\ch))
74 ((ph/\ps)/\ch)
8 ((ph/\ps)/\ch/\th)
13 (ph/\(ps/\ch)/\th)
50 (ph/\ps/\(ch/\th))
101 ((ph/\ps/\ch)/\th)
128 (ph/\(ps/\ch/\th))
6 (((ph/\ps)/\ch)/\th)
6 (ph/\((ps/\ch)/\th))
7 (ph/\(ps/\(ch/\th)))
10 ((ph/\(ps/\ch))/\th)
239 ((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th))
1 (ph/\ps/\(ch/\th)/\ta)
4 (ph/\ps/\(ch/\th/\ta))
5 ((ph/\ps/\ch)/\th/\ta)
1 (((ph/\ps)/\ch/\th)/\ta)
1 ((ph/\ps)/\ch/\(th/\ta))
2 ((ph/\ps/\(ch/\th))/\ta)
2 (ph/\((ps/\ch/\th)/\ta))
4 ((ph/\(ps/\ch/\th))/\ta)
6 ((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th)/\ta)
19 (ph/\(ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta))
21 ((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th/\ta))
58 ((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta))
1 (((ph/\ps)/\ch)/\(th/\ta))
1 ((ph/\(ps/\(ch/\th)))/\ta)
1 ((ph/\ps)/\((ch/\th)/\ta))
1 (ph/\(((ps/\ch)/\th)/\ta))
1 (ph/\((ps/\(ch/\th))/\ta))
2 ((ph/\(ps/\ch))/\(th/\ta))
4 (ph/\((ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta)))
5 (((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th))/\ta)
1 (ph/\(ps/\ch/\th)/\(ta/\et))
2 (((ph/\ps/\ch)/\th/\ta)/\et)
24 ((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et))
1 (((ph/\ps/\ch)/\th)/\(ta/\et))
13 ((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th)/\(ta/\et))
1 (((ph/\ps/\ch)/\th/\ta)/\et/\ze)
1 ((((ph/\ps)/\ch)/\(th/\ta))/\et)
1 (((ph/\ps)/\ch)/\(th/\(ta/\et)))
1 ((ph/\(ps/\ch))/\((th/\ta)/\et))
1 (ph/\(ps/\((ch/\th)/\(ta/\et))))
2 ((ph/\(ps/\ch))/\(th/\(ta/\et)))
2 ((ph/\ps)/\((ch/\(th/\ta))/\et))
3 (((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th))/\(ta/\et))
3 (((ph/\ps)/\ch)/\((th/\ta)/\et))
7 ((ph/\ps)/\((ch/\th)/\(ta/\et)))
1 (ph/\((ps/\ch/\th)/\(ta/\et)/\ze))
3 (((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th)/\(ta/\et))/\ze)
4 ((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th/\ta)/\(et/\ze/\si))
2 (((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th))/\((ta/\et)/\ze))
2 ((ph/\(ps/\ch))/\((th/\ta)/\(et/\ze)))
2 (ph/\((ps/\ch)/\((th/\ta)/\(et/\ze))))
1 (ph/\((ps/\ch/\th)/\(ta/\et)/\(ze/\si)))
1 (ph/\(ps/\ch/\th)/\((ta/\et)/\(ze/\si)))
1 ((ph/\ps/\ch)/\th/\(ta/\et/\(ze/\si/\rh)))
1 (((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th)/\(ta/\et))/\(ze/\si))
2 ((((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th))/\(ta/\et))/\(ze/\si))
4 ((ph/\ps)/\((ch/\((th/\ta)/\(et/\ze)))/\si))
8 (((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th))/\((ta/\et)/\(ze/\si)))
1 ((((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th))/\((ta/\et)/\(ze/\si)))/\((rh/\la)/\ka))
1 ((((ph/\ps)/\ch)/\((th/\ta)/\et))/\(((ze/\si)/\rh)/\((la/\ka)/\mu)))
Method #2: Recursive grouping

This parenthesization was first proposed by FL. It is described by an
algorithm given by Andrew Salmon.
1. From left to right, group by three as many subexpressions as
possible. Repeat until no more grouping occurs.
2. If there are two subexpressions, group them.
3. Done.
Example:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B
(1 2 3) (4 5 6) (7 8 9) A B Rule 1
( (1 2 3) (4 5 6) (7 8 9) ) A B Rule 1
( ( (1 2 3) (4 5 6) (7 8 9) ) A B) Rule 1
Example:
1 2 3 4
(1 2 3) 4 Rule 1
((1 2 3) 4) Rule 2
For 2 through 12 conjuncts, we would have:
(ph/\ps)
(ph/\ps/\ch)
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\th)
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\th/\ta)
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et))
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\ze)
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\(ze/\si))
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\(ze/\si/\rh))
(((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\(ze/\si/\rh))/\la)
(((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\(ze/\si/\rh))/\la/\ka)
(((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\(ze/\si/\rh))/\(la/\ka/\mu))
Method #3: Symmetry

This method has 3 rules:
1. Minimum nesting.
2. Minimum parentheses.
3. Symmetrical parenthesization.
For n = 2 through 12 conjunctions, it appears that the following
parenthesizations are the only ones that satisfy these rules:
nesting sum
(ph/\ps) 2
(ph/\ps/\ch) 3
(ph/\(ps/\ch)/\th) 6
(ph/\(ps/\ch/\th)/\ta) 8
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)) 12
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\th/\(ta/\et/\ze)) 13
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta)/\(et/\ze/\si)) 16
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\(ze/\si/\rh)) 18
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\(ta/\et)/\ze)/\(si/\rh/\la)) 22
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\(ta/\et/\ze)/\si)/\(rh/\la/\ka)) 25
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\((th/\ta/\et)/\(ze/\si/\rh))/\(la/\ka/\mu)) 30
An algorithm for method #3:

Here is an algorithm. I don't know if there is a better one.
The groupings for 0 through 5 conjuncts must be memorized, although they
have justifications that aren't too hard. For >= 6 conjuncts, there is
a recursive algorithm starting from 0 through 5.
(The 0 and 1 cases aren't really conjuncts but help define the
algorithm. Alternately, we could start with 2 conjuncts and start the
recursion with n >= 8, but then cases 6 and 7 need to be memorized.)
0 through 5 conjuncts: Justification:
n = 0 [null] only 1 symmetric possibility
n = 1 ph only 1 symmetric possibility
n = 2 (ph/\ps) only 1 symmetric possibility
n = 3 (ph/\ps/\ch) only 1 symmetric possibility
n = 4 (ph/\(ps/\ch)/\th) the other symmetric possibility
((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th) is longer
n = 5 (ph/\(ps/\ch/\th)/\ta) the other symmetric possibility
((ph/\ps)/\ch/\(th/\ta)) is longer
For n >= 6 conjuncts, conjoin (./\./\.) and (./\./\.) around n6.
Another way to look at it: start the with the case (n mod 6) from
above, then successively wrap in (./\./\.)...(./\./\.) until n conjuncts
are achieved.
((ph/\ps/\ch) /\ (th/\ta/\et))
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\ th /\(ta/\et/\ze))
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\ (th/\ta) /\(et/\ze/\si))
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\ (th/\ta/\et) /\(ze/\si/\rh))
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\ (th/\(ta/\et)/\ze) /\(si/\rh/\la))
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\ (th/\(ta/\et/\ze)/\si) /\(rh/\la/\ka))
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\ ((th/\ta/\et) /\ (ze/\si/\rh)) /\(la/\ka/\mu))
Notes for method #3:

1. I conjecture that the algorithm above always results in minimum
nesting given the symmetry requirement, but I don't have a proof.
2. Unfortunately, in some cases a grouping with minimal nesting does
not have symmetry. For example,
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et))
has nesting sum 12, whereas the nonsymmetrical
((ph/\ps)/\ch/\(th/\ta/\et))
has nesting sum 11.
3. Minimum nesting + symmetry by themselves don't imply minimum
parentheses. For example, the following groupings for 6 conjuncts
each have minimum nesting sum of 12, but only the first has
minimum parentheses:
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et))
((ph/\ps)/\(ch/\th)/\(ta/\et))
4. Minimum parentheses + symmetry by themselves do not necessarily imply
minimum nesting. For example, for 11 conjuncts, the nesting sum
from the above algorithm is 25:
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\(ta/\et/\ze)/\si)/\(rh/\la/\ka)) 25
But there exist 3 other symmetrical groupings with same parentheses
but more nesting:
(((ph/\ps/\ch)/\th/\ta)/\et/\(ze/\si/\(rh/\la/\ka))) 27
((ph/\(ps/\ch/\th)/\ta)/\et/\(ze/\(si/\rh/\la)/\ka)) 27
((ph/\ps/\(ch/\th/\ta))/\et/\((ze/\si/\rh)/\la/\ka)) 27
5. I don't know if (say for some larger n) there exist other symmetric
patterns with both minimum nesting and minimum parentheses. If so, then
the algorithm would become the definition of the grouping, not just the 3
rules.
(End of method #3 discussion)
Method #4

nesting sum
(ph/\ps) 2
(ph/\ps/\ch) 3
((ph/\ps)/\ch/\th) 6
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\th/\ta) 8
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta)/\et) 11
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\ze) 13
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\(ze/\si)) 16
((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\(ze/\si/\rh)) 18
(((ph/\ps)/\ch/\th)/\(ta/\et/\ze)/\(si/\rh/\la)) 22
(((ph/\ps/\ch)/\th/\ta)/\(et/\ze/\si)/\(rh/\la/\ka)) 25
(((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta)/\et)/\(ze/\si/\rh)/\(la/\ka/\mu)) 30
Algorithm for method #4

From grouping n to grouping n+1:
1. Let m = max nesting depth of grouping n.
2. If there is a wff at depth m1 that is not a triple conjunction, let m = m1
3. Find first wff (call it w) at depth m that is not a triple conjunction.
4. If w is a wff variable, change it to a conjunction of two wff variables.
If w is a conjunction of two wff variables, change it to a conjunction of
three wff variables.
Examples of algorithm for method #4

Example: start with ((ph/\ps/\ch)/\th/\ta).
1. m = max nesting depth = 2.
2. Nontripleconjunct th is at depth m1 = 1, so m = m1 = 1.
3. w = th
2. Change w to (th/\ta). Result is ((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta)/\et).
Example: start with ((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta)/\et).
1. m = max nesting depth = 2.
2. Nontripleconjunct (th/\ta) is at depth m1 = 1, so m = m1 = 1.
3. w = (th/\ta)
2. Change w to (th/\ta/\et). Result is ((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\ze).
Example: start with ((ph/\ps/\ch)/\(th/\ta/\et)/\(ze/\si/\rh)).
1. m = max nesting depth = 2.
2. There is no nontriple conjunct at depth m1 = 1, so m stays at 2.
3. w = ph
2. Change w to (ph/\ps). Result is
(((ph/\ps)/\ch/\th)/\(ta/\et/\ze)/\(si/\rh/\la)).
Example: start with (ph/\ps).
1. m = max nesting depth = 1.
2. Nontripleconjunct (ph/\ps) is at depth m1 = 0, so m = m1 = 0.
3. w = (ph/\ps)
2. Change w to (ph/\ps/\ch). Result is (ph/\ps/\ch).
Example: start with (ph/\ps/\ch).
1. m = max nesting depth = 1.
2. There is no nontriple conjunct at depth m1 = 0, so m stays at 1.
3. w = ph
2. Change w to (ph/\ps). Result is ((ph/\ps)/\ch/\th).
(End of method #4 discussion)
Examples

(The examples use method #3 above and are analogous for the others)
As an example, to swap the 1st and 3rd conjuncts in a 4conjunct antecedent,
we could have, in place of several ancomxxs forms, just:
4com13.1 $e ( ( ph /\ ( ps /\ ch ) /\ th ) > ta ) $.
4com13 $p ( ( ch /\ ( ps /\ ph ) /\ th ) > ta ) $=
To add an antecedent in the 3rd position to a 4conjunct antecendent,
in place of the numerous adantlrl, adantlrr, etc. we would have just:
4adant3.1 $e ( ( ph /\ ps /\ ch ) > th ) $.
4adant3 $p ( ( ( ph /\ ( ps /\ ta ) /\ ch ) > th ) $=
There would be only one "import" statement for each conjunct count,
rather than e.g. imp41 through imp45 (plus others for the 3an cases) for
4 conjuncts:
imp4.1 $e  ( ph > ( ps > ( ch > ( th > ta ) ) ) ) $.
imp4 $p  ( ( ph /\ ( ps /\ ch ) /\ th ) > ta ) $=
Some things may become problematic. For example, suppose we have
( ( ta /\ et ) > ps ) that we would normally inject into an antecedent
with a sylanlike theorem. We would need multiple cases for various
conjunct counts in both hypotheses, to ensure that the antecedent of the
result stays in canonical form. I don't know how big a problem this
will be.
syl32an1.1 $e  ( ( ph /\ ps /\ ch ) > th ) $.
syl32an1.2 $e  ( ( ta /\ et ) > ph ) $.
syl32an1 $p  ( ta /\ ( et /\ ps ) /\ ch ) > th ) $=
Additional comments

It is interesting that (with methods 2 and 3 above) df3an usually
halves the number of parentheses in the canonical forms:
conjuncts: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
 
parens w/ dfan only: 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
parens w/ dfan + df3an: 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 12
This is an argument in favor of keeping df3an rather than having the
simpler syntax with dfan only.
If a theorem and its proof uses only conjuncts in canonical form, it
might be relatively straightforward to retrofit a possible future
df4an (or even revert to just dfan) just by changing the canonical
forms and the utility theorems handling them.
Jonathan BenNaim has df4an (called dfbnj17) in his mathbox. I would
want to ponder whether its benefits outweigh its drawbacks before
moving it into the main set.mm. My initial objection was the large
number of additional utility theorems that would be needed for
transformations back and forth to dfan and df3an. That might become
less important if we start using canonical parenthesizations. If we add
df4an, I think the table above would be:
conjuncts: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
 
parens w/ dfan only: 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
parens w/ dfan + df3an: 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 12
parens w/ dfan + df3an + df4an: 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 6 6 8 8
so the parenthesis savings, while nice, have less impact than with
adding just df3an. We could also go to the extreme and add
df5an, ..., df12an so we always have just 2 parentheses, but (among
other things) the run time of the current "improve all" algorithm in
MMPA would grow exponentially; already the default search limit times
out when there are too many nested df3ans. It is possible to improve
that algorithm but it would take some work.
(End of 18Aug2011 canonical conjunctions proposal)

(22Jun2009) Gérard Lang's proof that axgroth implies axpow was
apparently unrecognized.* The page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TarskiGrothendieck_set_theory
(which calls axgroth "Tarski's axiom") mentions only that
"Tarski's axiom also implies the axioms of Infinity and Choice."
Perhaps someone should update that page. :)
(In the interest of objectivity I do not personally edit
Wikipedia references to Metamath.)
* Later (24Jun2009): Gérard pointed out that this was mentioned by
Bob Solovay here:
http://www.cs.nyu.edu/pipermail/fom/2008March/012783.html
I updated the Wikipedia entry to cite that.
(11Dec2008) I resynchronized Jeff Hoffman's nicod.mm to the recent
label changes and made it an official part of set.mm. In connection
with this, the NAND connective (Sheffer stroke) was added to set.mm.
Jeff's original nicod.mm can be found at
http://groups.google.com/group/metamath
(18Nov2008) Some stragglers I missed in yesterday's change were
updated, so if you downloaded yesterday's set.mm, you should refresh it.
Old New
cdavalt cdaval
cdaval cdavali
unbnnt unbnn3
frsuct frsuc
fr0t fr0g
rdg0t rdg0g
ssonunit ssonuni
ssonuni ssonunii
eqtr3t eqtr3
eqtr2t eqtr2
eqtrt eqtr
3eqtr4r 3eqtr4ri
3eqtr3r 3eqtr3ri
3eqtr2r 3eqtr2ri
3eqtr4r 3eqtr4ri
3eqtr3r 3eqtr3ri
3bitr3r 3bitr3ri
3bitr4r 3bitr4ri
3bitr2r 3bitr2ri
biimpr biimpri
biimp biimpi
impbi impbii
(17Nov2008) Many labels in set.mm were changed to conform to the
following convention: an inference version of a theorem is now always
suffixed with "i", whereas the closed theorem version has no suffix.
For example, "subcli" and "subcl" are the new names for the old "subcl"
and "subclt" respectively.
Also, the inference versions of the various transitive laws now have an
"i" suffix, such as "eqtr3i" (for the old "eqtr3"), "bitr4i" (for the
old "bitr4"), etc. This will make them consistent with the "i"/"d"
convention for inferences and deductions ("eqtr3i"/"eqtr3d", etc.)
There were 1548 labels involved in this change. They are documented at
the top of the set.mm file.
For people used to the old labels, it will take some practice to get
used to this change, but I think it will be better in the long term
since the database now conforms to a single standard.
If anyone is using set.mm for something not in their sandboxes, you can
contact me for a script that updates the labels with these changes.
(14Nov2008) The following frequentlyused theorems were renamed for
better consistency and to avoid confusion with negative numbers (thanks
to Stefan Allan for the suggestion):
Old New
nega notnot2
negai notnotri
negb notnot1
negbi notnoti
negbii notbii
negbid notbid
pm4.13 notnot
pm4.11 notbi
(8Sep2008) Although at first glance expimpd and expdimp seem rather
specialized, they actually amazingly shorten over 80 proofs, so with
them the net size of set.mm is reduced.
(1Sep2008) I am phasing in "A e. Fin" in place of the current
"E. x e. om { A } ~~ x" to express "A is finite". The latter idiom is
now used frequently enough so that the net size of set.mm will hopefully
be reduced as a result.
(31Aug2008) I did a number of revisions to the Unicode font characters
so that all symbols now display in the Opera browser as well as Firefox.
(22May2008) Yesterday's derivation of axiom ax4 from the others
required new versions of axioms ax5 and ax6. The old versions were
renamed ax5o and ax6o. Theorems ax5o and ax6o derive axioms
ax5o/ax6o from the new ax5/ax6; theorems ax5 and ax6 show the
reverse derivations.
The organization of the axioms in set.mm has been changed. The new
complete set of nonredundant axioms is now introduced in a single place
in set.mm in a new section called "Predicate calculus axiomatization".
(Before, they were scattered throughout, introduced as they were
needed.) We immediately derive ax4 and the old ax5 and old ax6 (now
called ax5o and ax6o) as theorems ax4, ax5o, and ax6o.
The next section in set.mm, "Predicate calculus without distinct
variables", has the original gentle derivations from ax4, ax5o, and
ax6o, and eventually the equality theorems not needing ax17. The idea
here is that as long as an inexperienced reader accepts ax4 a priori,
there is no need to go through the advanced, $dusing proof of ax4.
This also provides us with more meaningful "proved from axioms" lists
for the section without distinct variables, without mention of the ax17
etc. used to prove ax4.
We finally introduce the "normal" use of ax17 in the section "Predicate
calculus with distinct variables" with essentially the same organization
as before.
The reason for proving ax4 at the beginning, and not after say the old
place where ax17 used to be, is to conform to the following convention,
mentioned in the comment of ax4:
Note: All predicate calculus axioms introduced from this point forward
are redundant. Immediately before their introduction, we prove them
from earlier axioms to demonstrate their redundancy. Specifically,
redundant axioms ~ ax4 , ~ ax5o , ~ ax6o , ~ ax9o , ~ ax10o ,
~ ax11o , ~ ax15 , and ~ ax16 are proved by theorems ~ ax4 , ~ ax5o ,
~ ax6o , ~ ax9o , ~ ax10o , ~ ax11o , ~ ax15 , and ~ ax16 .
so that the proof of theorem ax4 can't have an accidental circular
reference to axiom ax4 (which would be possible if we put the ax4 proof
later in the development).
The Metamath Proof Explorer Home Page has been updated with the new set
of nonredundant (as far as we know) predicate calculus axioms that
eliminates axiom ax4.
With ax4 omitted from the official list of nonredundant axioms, we no
longer have the former "pure" predicate calculus subsystem, that used to
be ax4/ax5o/ax6o, as part of the nonredundant list. Therefore it no
longer makes sense to subdivide the axioms into separate groups on the
MPE Home Page, and I combined them into one big table. I moved the
description of the "pure" predicate calculus subsystem to the last entry
of the subsystem table
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpeuni/mmset.html#subsys

On another matter, the user sandboxes have been moved to the end of
set.mm as suggested by O'Cat. Unfortunately, this means the software
thinks they are in the "Hilbert Space Explorer" section during the web
page generation. This will be a minor cosmetic inconvenience until I
address this.
(21May2008) With slightly modified ax5 and ax6, ax4 becomes
redundant as shown by theorem ax4. The ax5 and ax6 modifications have
the same total length as the old ones, renamed to ax5o and ax6o.
(17May2008) Axiom ax10 was shortened. The previous version was
renamed ax10o. Theorem ax10o shows that the previous version can be
derived from the new ax10. The Metamath Proof Explorer Home Page has
been updated to use the shortened axiom.
(14May2008) I am hoping that the supremum dfspw for weak orderings
will end up being easier to use in general than dfsup, because it
doesn't need a separate hypothesis to show that the supremum existence
condition is met. Instead, the supremum exists iff the supw value
belongs to the relation's field. If this turns out to be useful, I may
rethink the definition of dfsup as well.
(12May2008) The following frequentlyused labels have been changed
to be slightly less cryptic and more consistent:
old new
12May08 a4w1 a4eiv
12May08 a4w a4imev
12May08 a4c1 a4imed
12May08 a4c a4ime
12May08 a4b1 a4v
12May08 a4b a4imv
12May08 a4at a4imt
12May08 a4a a4im
For the new labels, "a4" means related to ax4, "im" means the implicit
substitution hypothesis needs to be satisfied in only one direction, "i"
means inference, "e" means existential quantifier version, "v" means
distinct variables eliminate a boundvariable hypothesis, "d" means
deduction, and "t" means closed theorem.
(6May2008) The definitions of +oo and oo (dfpnf and dfmnf) were
changed so that the Axiom of Regularity is not required for their
justification. Instead, we use Cantor's theorem, as shown in
pnfnre, mnfnre, and pnfnemnf.
A standard version of the Axiom of Infinity, axinf2, has been added to
set.mm. It is derived from our version as theorem axinf2, using
axinf and axreg. I broke out axinf2 as a separate axiom so that
we can more easily identify "normal" uses of Regularity. Before, this
was hard to do because any reference to omex would automatically
include Regularity as one of the axioms used.
(21Apr2008) Paul Chapman has replaced the real log with the more
general complex log. The earlier real log theorems by Steve Rodriguez
have been revised to use the new definition. Steve's original theorems
can temporarily be found under the same name suffixed with "OLD", using
the token "logOLD" rather than "log".
(10Mar2008) The complex number axioms use a different naming
convention than their corresponding theorems, e.g. we have axaddrcl
rather than readdclt, sometimes causing confusion for people entering
proofs. Therefore, I added aliases for their names using 1step proofs,
as follows:
Axiom Alias
axaddcl addclt
axaddrcl readdclt
axmulcl mulclt
axmulrcl remulclt
axaddcom addcomt
axmulcom mulcomt
axaddass addasst
axmulass mulasst
axdistr adddit
ax0id addid1t
ax1id mulid1t
axlttrn lttrt
axmulgt0 mulgt0t
(6Mar2008) pm3.26, pm3.27, and pm3.28 were erroneously given with
logical OR expanded into negation and implication. pm3.26OLD, pm3.27OLD,
and pm3.28OLD, which will eventually be deleted, are the erroneous
versions of these. This error also found its way into pmproofs.txt
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mmsolitaire/pmproofs.txt which has also
been corrected. Going through my backups, I found that this error dates
back to preMetamath in the early 90's when I converted my manually
typed list of 193 Principia Mathematica theorems into the condensed
detachment notation of pmproofs.txt. Fortunately, this has no effect on
the pmproofs.txt proof itself. I checked against the original typed
list, and only these 3 theorems had the mistake.
(11Feb2008) Theorems whose description begins with "Lemma for" have
their math symbols suppressed in the Statement (Theorem) List in order
to reduce the bulk of the list for faster web page loading. Sometimes,
though, it is useful to have the lemma displayed. As an informal
standard, I will change "Lemma for" to " Lemma for" when we want the
lemma displayed. The first one is fsumcllem, requested by Paul Chapman,
since it will be used for multiple purposes and may make sense to
someday call a "theorem". If there are lemmas you would like to have
displayed, let me know.
(3Feb2008) topbas provides a simpler definition of a basis when we
know its topology in advance. It is interesting that the very complex
expansion of "( B e. Bases /\ ( topGen ` B ) = J )" simplifies to
"A. x e. J E. y ( y (_ B /\ x = U. y )" when J is known. Proving it was
trickier than I thought it would be, although the final proof is
relatively short.
I updated the Description of istopg to explain why the variable name "J"
is used for topologies.
(16Jan2008) ax12 is the longest predicate calculus axiom, and an open
problem is whether it can be shortened or even proved from the others.
After 15 years of onandoff work on this problem with no success,
today's a12study finally gives us a first hint, showing that it is
possible to represent ax12 with two shorter formulas. While the
shortening of the starting formulas is modest, and of course their
combined length is much longer than ax12, the result is still
significant: before, it wasn't clear whether ax12 had some intrinsic
property preventing it from being "broken up" into smaller pieces.
It is curious that the hypotheses of a12study have similar forms. I
don't know how they might be related. Note that by detaching ax9 from
the second one, they can also be written:
a12study.1 $e  ( . A. z z = y >
( A. z ( z = x > z = y ) > x = y ) ) $.
a12study.2 $e  ( . A. z . z = y >
( A. z ( z = x > . z = y ) > . x = y ) $.
(12Jan2008) cnnvg is designed to match hypotheses of the form
"$e  G = ( +v ` U )" such as in nvass. When nvass is applied to the
vector space of complex numbers, cnnvba and cnnvg will change X to CC
and G to + with no other manipulations, immediately producing the
standard associative law for addition of complex numbers (after
"U e. CVec" is detached with cnnv). This method will allow us to make
efficient use of complex number theorems, such as when working with
linear functionals that map to complex numbers.
cnnvdemo shows how this is done. While U is substituted with
"<. <. + , x. >. , abs >." in cnnvdemo, we keep the U separate in
cnnv, cnnvg, and cnnvba to allow simplifying the display of proof steps
(and reducing the web page size) in lemmas for long proofs, to avoid
having to repeat "<. <. + , x. >. , abs >." over and over.
Analogous cnnv* theorems will be added for other vector space functions.
(21Dec2007) cofunex2g has a somewhat longer proof than might be
expected because A and B are not required to be relations but may be any
classes whatsoever. In particular, B may be any proper class.
The recent hlxxx theorems are meant to complete the list of "(future)"
theorems referenced in the comment of axhilex. These theorems will
allow us to eliminate the Hilbert Space Explorer axioms in special cases
(i.e. for concrete Hilbert spaces like CC), in order to use the Hilbert
Space Explorer theorems as part of a ZFConly theory.
(17Nov2007) dfpm (with value theorem pmvalg) introduces the notion of
partial functions. Although partial functions are ubiquitous in the
theory of operators in functional analysis, there seems to be no symbol
in the literature for them. The closest I've seen is an occasional
"F : dom F > B" in place of of the total function "F : A > B",
with dom F subset A implicit. But to do operator theory in set.mm, not
having a formal notation for for partial functions would make the theory
of operators clumsy to work with.
There are two ways to do this. One way would be to define an analog of
dff:
dffp $a  ( F : A > B <> ( Fun F /\ F (_ ( X X. Y ) ) $.
or equivalently (by funssxp)
dffp $a  ( F : A > B <> ( F : dom F > B /\ dom F (_ A ) ) $.
Here, the standard mapping arrow with a vertical bar in the middle is
used by the Z language to denote a partial function, and it is
the only published symbol for it I've seen, although the Z language
isn't really "textbook mathematics." I like this symbol because of its
similarity to the familiar "F : A > B" of dff, and I was very
tempted to use it. The drawback is that it defines a new syntactical
structure, not just a new symbol, so we would need a whole
minidevelopment of equality theorems, bound variable hypothesis
builders, etc. as we do with dff.
Such a new structure is unavoidable when the arguments could be proper
classes, as in the case of many uses of dff. But in the case of the
intended uses of partial functions, the domain and range will always be
sets (at least I've never seen a requirement for them in set theory
where proper classes sometimes arise). This means that we can define a
constant symbol for an operation similar to dfmap, making all of the
theorems relating to operations immediately available.
With that in mind, I chose "^pm" as a generalization of "^m" of dfmap.
I am not thrilled with it because it doesn't seem intuitive or
suggestive of its meaning, but I didn't have any better ideas. I am
open to suggestions for a better symbol to use in place of "^pm", and in
the meantime I'll continue to use "^pm" for lack of a better
alternative.
(15Nov2007) Baire's Category Theorem bcth was unexpectedly hard to
prove. A big problem is that initially I didn't know that acdc5
(Dependent Choice) would be required to prove the existence of g. The
textbook proof simply says we conclude the existence of g "by
induction," which certainly stretches the meaning of that word.
(2Nov2007) 0.999... is now proved, so the volunteer request of
30Sep2007 below is no longer applicable, although I appreciate
the attempts of individuals such as rpenner on the physorg.com forum.
The proof was more involved than I thought it would be, requiring new
theorems serzmulc1, isummulc1a, and geoisum1.
For the proof of 0.999... itself, quantifiers were avoided except for
the implicitly quantified summation variable k. Hopefully this will
make it possible for more nonmathematicians to follow the proof.
(22Oct2007) Note that pm3.26bd, pm3.27bd were renamed pm3.26bi,
pm3.27bi.
(12Oct2007) Some of the kmlem* proofs were shortened by restating
the lemmas and using yesterday's eldifsn.
(30Sep2007) 0.999...=1 has been debated for many years on Usenet and
elsewhere on the Internet.
Example: http://forum.physorg.com/index.php?showtopic=13177 from March
2007 with 267(!) pages of discussion still ongoing as of today.
Includes a poll where 41% of people disbelieve 0.999...=1. There is
even a brief reference to Metamath somewhere in the mess.
Example:
http://groups.google.com/group/sci.math/browse_frm/thread/3186915e0766f1ca
from May 2007, whose last post was September 26.
Does someone wish to volunteer to prove
$( The repeating decimal 0.999... equals 1. $)
0.999... $p  sum_k e. NN ( 9 / ( 10 ^ k ) ) = 1 $= ? $.
to put an end to it once and for all? (Wishful thinking of course.) At
least you'll make a name for yourself. :) Theorem geoisum may be useful
for the proof.
(28Sep2007) The symbol for floor was changed from "floor" to
"_" (Lshaped left bracket) at the suggestion of Paul Chapman.
(21Sep2007) iccf was moved out of FL's sandbox to make it "official".
It was also renamed from the earlier "icof".
Compared to the old bl2iooOLD, the bl2ioo proof is shorter because it
incorporates Paul Chapman's recent absdifltt.
(17Sep2007) Perhaps a reader will volunteer to create Metamath proofs
for one or more of the following. I hope I have stated them correctly.
They should be fun puzzles, and in the unlikely event that two people
submit the same one, the shortest proof will win. :) The tricks
provided by these theorems may simplify the use of theorem cnco and
relatives, because they have no dummy variables to deal with, unlike
class builder representations. If no one responds, I'll prove them
myself eventually when I have time.
For fpar, note that each operand of i^i is not a function by itself 
the intersection cuts them down so that the final set of ordered pairs
is singlevalued. This should make it interesting to prove. :)
I think the other two are relatively straightforward, involving mainly
expansions of the definitions. It may be possible to use a special case
of fpar for the proof of opr2f, using fconstg, but I'm not sure it would
help. In order of increasing difficulty, I would guess fsplit, opr2f,
and fpar. If anyone finds a simpler expression for the lefthand side
of the equality, let me know.
So, paste the below at the end of your set.mm and fire up mmj2...
(Note added 2/4/09: fpar has been added.)
${
$d x y z A $. $( etc. $)
$( Merge two functions in parallel. Use as the second argument of a
composition with a (2place) operation to build compound operations
such as ` z = ( ( sqr ` x ) + ( abs ` y ) ) ` . $)
fpar $p  ( ( F Fn A /\ G Fn B ) >
( ( `' 1st o. ( F o. 1st ) ) i^i ( `' 2nd o. ( G o. 2nd ) ) ) =
{ <. <. x , y >. , z >. 
( ( x e. A /\ y e. B ) /\ z = <. ( F ` x ) , ( G ` y ) >. ) } ) $=
?$.
$}
(Note added 2/4/09: I will be completing fsplit soon.)
${
$d x y $.
$( A function that can be used to feed a common value to both operands
of an operation. Use as the second argument of a composition with
the function of ~ fpar in order to build compound functions such
as ` y = ( ( sqr ` x ) + ( abs ` x ) ) ` . $)
fsplit $p  `' ( 1st ` I ) = { <. x , y >.  y = <. x , x >. } $=
?$.
$}
(Note added 12/16/08: opr2f is no longer needed; this will become curry2.)
${
$d x y A $. $( etc. $)
$( Turn an operation with a constant second operand into a function of the
first operand only, such as ` y = ( x + 5 ) ` . $)
opr2f $p  ( ( F Fn ( A X. B ) /\ C e. B ) >
( F o. `' ( 1st ` ( V X. { C } ) ) ) =
{ <. x , y >.  ( x e. A /\ y = ( x F C ) ) } ) $=
?$.
$}
(13Sep2007) The astute reader will notice that dfims was changed to a
more compact version (compare dfimsOLD). imsval3 replaces imsvalOLD for
use in reproving the related *OLD theorems, although imsval3 may be
phased out with shorter direct proofs from the new imsval.
A clever technique was used in Paul Chapman's reret (of 8Sep2007) to
eliminate a hypothesis by using the if() function directly, without
invoking dedth.
(8Sep2007) hlcom is part of an eventual derivation of the Hilbert
Space Explorer axioms using ZFC only. A small change in the Hilbert
Space Explorer axiomatization will then allow us to convert all theorems
to pure ZFC theorems, with no changes to the theorems themselves,
whenever we are dealing with a fixed Hilbert space (such as complex
numbers). This axiomatization change is described in the comment of
axhilex http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/axhilex.html .
I probably will not actually make this change in axiomatization but will
only describe it. It is very simple to do for anyone interested. I
still think it is useful to have the axioms separated out  it makes the
Hilbert Space Explorer Home Page easier to describe and it also allows
us to see what axioms are used to prove specific theorems.
The Hilbert Space Explorer Home Page
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/mmhil.html was updated to mention
this alternate approach (the first 3 paragraphs of "The Axioms"
section).
(7Sep2007) The new cnmet (with Met) that will replace cnms (with
MetSp) also replaces the distance function "{ <. <. x , y >. , z >.  (
( x e. CC /\ y e. CC ) /\ z = ( abs ` ( x  y ) ) ) }" with
"( abs o.  )", which I think is nicer. A more compact version of cnmet
could read simply "( abs o.  ) e. Met", but the D is separated out to
integrate more smoothly with other theorems. It also makes the proof a
little easier to read.
By the way the "Base" extractor (dfba) for normed metric spaces is
capitalized because, once it is fixed for a particular vector space U,
it is not a function, unlike e.g. the "norm" extractor (dfnm). This is
usually our convention when there is no literature standard. Another
example is the set closed subsets "Clsd" (dfclsd) vs. the closure "cls"
(dfcls).
(4Sep2007) The following major changes have been made to set.mm.
1. The token Met (metric space) has been changed to MetSp. A new token
called Met is defined as the class of all metrics (dfmet), and a metric
space (dfms) is defined as the pair of a base set and metric. To
extract the base set X from a metric D, we will usually use "dom dom D".
Note that this is consistent with what we now do for topologies (dftop
and dftopsp), with "U. J" for the base set of topology J. It is also
consistent with groups, which are defined using only the group operation.
The advantages of the new convention is that proofs will be often be
shorter, and theorems will be shorter to state, e.g.
OLD:
msf.1 $e  X = ( 1st ` M ) $.
msf.2 $e  D = ( 2nd ` M ) $.
mscl $p  ( ( M e. MetSp /\ A e. X /\ B e. X ) > ( A D B ) e. RR ) $=
NEW:
metf.1 $e  X = dom dom D $.
metcl $p  ( ( D e. Met /\ A e. X /\ B e. X ) > ( A D B ) e. RR ) $=
2. Eventually, the theorems involving the old MetSp will be phased out
and replaced with equivalent theorems involving the new Met. Note that
in topology, the TopSp definition has had little real value since
everything can be done more easily with Top, and the same should be
true with metric spaces.
3. The definitions making use of the old MetSp have been replaced with
ones using Met. The old definitions have been renamed *OLD, e.g. dfbl
vs. dfblOLD. You can see the changed ones with 'show statement
df*OLD'.
4. All theorems making use of a df*OLD will eventually have their
labels suffixed with OLD, in the next few days. Some of this has
already happened. They will eventually be replaced with nonOLD
versions.
5. Based on a suggestion of Frederic Line (see the 16Apr2007 comment
in http://planetx.cc.vt.edu/AsteroidMeta/set.mm_discussion_replacement ),
the cryptic "( 1st ` ( 2nd ` U ) )" etc. will go away in normed
vector spaces (including preHilbert spaces, Banach spaces, and Hilbert
spaces). Instead, we will phase in the use of the named components
dfva, dfsm, dfnm and dfba to make the theorems more readable as well
as shorter to state. In addition, the theorems will become independent
of the details of the ordered pairs in the vector space definition.
E.g. nvge0 will be changed from
${
nvge0OLD.1 $e  W = ( 1st ` U ) $.
nvge0OLD.2 $e  G = ( 1st ` W ) $.
nvge0OLD.3 $e  N = ( 2nd ` U ) $.
nvge0OLD.4 $e  X = ran G $.
$( The norm of a normed complex vector space is nonnegative. $)
nvge0OLD $p  ( ( U e. NrmCVec /\ A e. X ) > 0 <_ ( N ` A ) ) $=...
$}
to the new
${
nvge0.1 $e  X = ( Base ` U ) $.
nvge0.2 $e  N = ( norm ` U ) $.
$( The norm of a normed complex vector space is nonnegative. $)
nvge0 $p  ( ( U e. NrmCVec /\ A e. X ) > 0 <_ ( N ` A ) ) $=...
$}
Again, the original versions will be renamed to *OLD. Some of them
already have, and this renaming should be completed in a few days.
(In the future, I may extended this use of named components to metric
spaces, etc. For now I am limiting it to normed vector spaces, which in
a way is a "final" application of topologies, metric spaces, groups, and
nonnormed vector spaces.)
Over the next few days, the labels in the current set.mm will unstable,
with frequent changes, starting at dfms, and individual label changes
there will not be documented in the "Recent label changes" at the top of
set.mm. The labels _before_ dfms are stable, and any changes will be
documented in "Recent label changes" as usual. If you are working with
set.mm, it will be safe (and preferred) to use the latest version
provided you are using things above dfms.
The last version of set.mm before these changes are available in
us.metamath.org/downloads/metamath.zip, for a week or so.
(3Sep2007) Tomorrow there will be a major change in the notational
conventions for metric and vector spaces. Today's version of set.mm is
the last version prior to this change. If you are working from the
current set.mm, you may want to archive today's version for reference,
to compare against the new version if needed.
(22Aug2007) Interestingly, hbxfr shortens 40 proofs and "pays" for
itself several times over in terms of set.mm size reduction.
(2Aug2007) I wouldn't have guessed a priori that proving addition is
continuous (plcn) would be so tedious. Part of the problem might be
that we have defined continuity in the very general context of
topologies, but in the long run this should pay off. I didn't use the
epsilondelta method, but instead obtained a slightly shorter proof (I
think) by using the already available climadd together with cnmet4.
This is exactly the method used by Gleason, although his one sentence to
that effect expands to a very long proof.
(10Jun2007) The symbol "Cls" was changed to "Clsd". See the
discussion at http://planetx.cc.vt.edu/AsteroidMeta/closed_and_closure
(24May2007) axnegex and axrecex are now no longer used by any proof,
and were renamed to axnegexOLD and axrecexOLD for eventual deletion.
The axiom list at
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/mmcomplex.html#axioms was updated.
A note on theorem names like msqgt0: a theorem name such as "msqgt0"
with "msq" (m=multiplication) means "A x. A", while a name such as
"sqgt0" with just "sq" means "A ^ 2". Since we are working directly
with the axioms, we use A x. A rather than A ^ 2 because exponentiation
is developed much later.
(23May2007) Eric Schmidt has solved the longstanding open problem
(first posted to Usenet on Apr. 25, 1997) of whether any of the ax*ex
axioms for complex numbers are redundant. Here are his proofs:
For axnegex:
One thing to notice is that both 0re and 1re depend on axnegex for their
proofs, potentially a problem if we will need to invoke these
statements. However, the proof of 0re only incidentally uses axnegex,
mainly because it relies on 1re. Instead, we note that the existence of
any complex number implies by axcnre the existence of a real number,
from which 0 in R follows from the (by now) usual inverse argument. [So
(R, +) is a group.]
To prove axnegex, given a complex number a + bi, we would like to find
the additive inverse as (a) + (b)i. However, proving that this is an
additive inverse requires us to know that 0i = 0, which itself depends
on axnegex. We can get by with a weaker statement, namely that xi is
real for some real x. For there exist x, y in R such that 0 = y + xi, or
xi = y.
Having such an x, we know there exists c in R such that b + c = x. Then
a + bi + ci is real, and hence has an additive inverse d. Then ci + d is
an additive inverse of a + bi, which proves axnegex.
We can then prove 1 in R using the current Metamath proof, in case we
will need it.
For axrecex:
For axrecex, (a + bi) * (a  bi)/(a^2 + b^2) = 1 ought now to be
provable without any hoops to jump through. The two main points are
proving (a + bi) * (a  bi) = a^2 + b^2 and that a^2 + b^2 != 0 if
a + bi != 0 (from which, using the now provable 0i = 0, we readily
obtain a != 0 or b != 0).
I formalized his axnegex proof, which was posted yesterday as negext.
The axrecex proof will need a reorganization of set.mm so that some of
the ordering theorems come before the reciprocal/division theorems, so
it may take a couple of days to formalize. These kinds of proofs tend
to be somewhat long, because we can't make use of future theorems that
depend on the axioms we are trying to prove. Eventually axnegex and
axrecex will be eliminated from the official set of complex number
axioms at http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/mmcomplex.html, reducing
the number of axioms from 27 to 25.
(19May2007) As you can see from its "referenced by" list, 3expia ends
up shortening 40 proofs, which was a suprise to me, and shrinks the size
of set.mm accordingly.
(18May2007) Paul Chapman's relatively sophisticated bcxmas was done
entirely with mmj2. He writes, "using mmj2, I don't have to remember
the names of theorems. What I do with steps like this is try something
and see if mmj2 finds a theorem which fits. When I don't, I usually add
another step (or very occasionally try a different sequence). For more
complex steps I tend to search set.mm for text fragments I expect to
find in theorems which I think might fit the problem, eg 'A + B ) e.'."
(17May2007) ssimaexg and subtop were taken from FL's "sandbox" and
made official, with slightly shorter proofs. The originals were renamed
ssimaexbOLD, topsublem1OLD, topsublem2OLD, and topsubOLD, and will be
deleted eventually.
(30Apr2007) The definitions of +v, etc. of 26Apr2007 have been
retired and replaced with new ones. See dfva and the statements
following it.
(26Apr2007) It seems the new symbols +v, etc., described in the
23Apr2007 note below, are not a good idea after all. It quadruples
the proof size of ncvgcl (compared to ncvgclOLD), and in general is
going to lead to longer proofs, especially for theorems brought over
from more general theories (like ncvgcl is, from vcgcl). I have several
other ideas I'm considering but need to think them over carefully. In
the meantime, I'll probably continue to develop new theorems with the
"W = ( 1st ` U )" etc. hypotheses, for retrofitting later.
(23Apr2007) The symbols +v, .s, 0v, v, norm, and .i were taken from
the Hilbert Space Explorer for use by new definitions dfva, dfsm,
df0v, dfvs, dfnm, and dfip. This will allow us to use the less
cryptic "( +v ` U )" for vector addition in a normed complex vector
space U (and Banach and Hilbert spaces), instead of the old
"( 1st ` ( 1st ` U ) )". This was brought up by fl and discussed in the
16Apr2007 entries at
http://planetx.cc.vt.edu/AsteroidMeta/set.mm_discussion_replacement .
The new definitions will also provide more "generic" theorems in case we
decide to change the ordered pair structure of dfncv, etc.
The new definitions dfva and dfba serve the purpose of fl's proposed
dfahf and dfhilf in http://planetx.cc.vt.edu/AsteroidMeta/fl's_sandbox .
The symbols in the Hilbert Space Explorer have been replaced with
+h, .h, 0h, h, .ih, and normh.
(18Apr2007) The old Hilbert Space Explorer axioms axhvaddcl and
axhvmulcl will be replaced by axhfvadd and axhfvmul so that the
operations can be used with our group, vector space, and metric space
theorems.
(12Apr2007) Eric Schmidt discovered that the old ax1re, 1 e. RR,
can be weakened to ax1cn, 1 e. CC. I updated the mmcomplex.html
page accordingly.
(27Mar2007) Maybe this is REALLY REALLY the end of shortening
grothprim. At least we broke through the 200 symbol barrier.
axgroth3 was used to shorten the previous grothprim. Unfortunately,
that one (grothprim8OLD) is now obsolete, so I'll probably delete
axgroth3.
(23Mar2007) grothprim was shortened a little more by exploiting the
Axiom of Choice (via fodom and fodomb). As for shortening grothprim
further, this may REALLY be the end of what I am capable of doing.
(21Mar2007) Paul Chapman revised the proof of 0nn0 (compare 0nn0OLD)
to use olci, which he feels is more natural than the old one's use of
olc, "which seems to make a complicated wff out of a simple one."
(20Mar2007) Unlike dff, dff2 avoids direct or indirect references to
dfid, dfrel, dfdm, dfrn, dfco, dfcnv, dffun, and dffn (all of
which are used when dff is expanded to primitives) but is still almost
as short as dff. I was surprised at how long and difficult the proof
was, given the vast number of theorems about functions that we already
have. Perhaps a shorter proof is possible that I'm not seeing.
(17Mar2007) dfhl was changed to an equivalent one that is slightly
easier to use. Compare the old one, dfhlOLD.
(15Mar2007) dfid2 is the only theorem that makes use of the fact that
x and y don't have to be distinct in dfopab. I doubt that dfid2 will
be used for anything, but I thought it was interesting to demonstrate
this.
(12Mar2007) This may be it for grothprim for a while. I have stared
at this thing for a long time and can't see any way to shorten it
further. If anyone has any ideas let me know.
(7Mar2007) impbid1 and impbid2 occupy 570 bytes in set.mm but reduce
other proofs by 1557 bytes, with a 987 byte net size reduction of
set.mm.
(5Mar2007) In spite of its apparent simplicity, abexex is quite
powerful and makes essential use of the Axiom of Replacement (and is
probably equivalent to it, not sure). Chaining abexex can let us prove
the existence of such things as { x  E. y E. z E. w...} that arise from
nontrivial class builders (e.g. other than just the subsets of cross
products) corresponding to ordered pair abstraction classes, etc. and
which can be quite difficult to prove directly.
(4Mar2007) I found shorter proofs for elnei, neips, ssnei2, innei, and
neissex. The previous proofs are in elneiOLD, neipsOLD, ssnei2OLD,
inneiOLD, and neissexOLD (which will be deleted in a few days).
(1Mar2007) The contributions by Frederic Line are new versions
provided by him, using the new definition dfnei (see the notes of
15Feb2007 below). Compare the *OLD ones starting at dfneiOLD. Most
have been renamed, as well, and description for each *OLD version gives
the corresponding new name.
(20Feb2007) I have incorporated new sections at the end of the set
theory part of set.mm (before the Hilbert space part), called
"sandboxes," that will hold user contributions that are too specialized
for the "official" set.mm or that I haven't yet reviewed for official
inclusion. Here are the notes in set.mm about these sections. And, to
prevent any future misunderstandings, some dire warnings. :)
"Sandboxes" are usercontributed sections that are not officially part
of set.mm. They are included in the set.mm file in order to ensure that
they are kept synchronized with label, definition, and theorem changes
in set.mm. Eventually they may be broken out as separate modules,
particularly in conjunction with future Ghilbert translations.
Notes:
1. I (N. Megill) have not necessarily reviewed definitions for soundness
or agreement with the literature.
2. Over time I may decide to make certain definitions and theorems
"official," in which case they will be moved to the appropriate section
of set.mm and author acknowledgments added to their descriptions.
3. I may rename statement labels and constants at any time.
4. I may revise definitions, theorems, proofs, and statement descriptions at
any time.
5. I may add or delete theorems and/or definitions at any time.
6. I may decide to delete part or all of a sandbox at any time, if I feel
it will not ultimately be useful or for any other reason.
If you want to preserve your original contribution, keep your own copy
of it along with the version of set.mm that works with it. Do not depend
on set.mm as its permanent archive.
Syntax guideline: if at all possible, please use only 0ary class constants
for new definitions, to make soundness checking easier.
By making a contribution, you agree to release it into the public domain,
according to the statement at the beginning of this file.
Today I added sandboxes for Fred Line and Steve Rodriguez. The contents
of their sandboxes appear in the Theorem List, at the end of the "Metamath
Proof Explorer" part.
(15Feb2007) The old definition of neighborhood was somewhat awkward to
work in some situations. In particular, "the set of all neighborhoods
of a point," which occurs when working with limit points, needed a class
abstraction. So I have revised the definition of neighborhood to be a
function that maps each subset to all of its neighborhoods, rather than
a binary relation. This also fits more consistently with some other
definitions, I think.
The neighborhood theorems will be revised so that
N e. ( ( nei ` J ) ` S )
is used instead of
N ( nei ` J ) S
to mean "N is a neighborhood of subset S". Even though this seems
longer, I believe it will make certain future theorems more natural and
even have shorter proofs in some cases. For example, "the set of all
neighborhoods of S" just becomes
( ( nei ` J ) ` S )
instead of
{ x  x ( nei ` J ) S }
so that working with a dummy variable becomes unnecessary. (We could
also use
( ( `' ( nei ` J ) ) " { S } )
to avoid a dummy variable with the old definition, but I don't think
many people would enjoy deciphering that!)
The old neighborhood is called "neiOLD", with its theorems renamed to
*OLD, as in dfneiOLD, etc. These will be deleted once the conversion
is complete.
(5Feb2007) df10 was added to the database, and the comments under
df2 were revised. Since we don't have an explicit decimal
representation of numbers, df10 will allow more reasonable
representations as powers of 10 than just having the digits defined.
E.g. (omitting parentheses):
old: 456 = 4*(9+1)^2 + 5*(9+1) + 6
new: 456 = 4*10^2 + 5*10 + 6
Previously, I avoided defining 10 since a presumed future decimal
representation might have juxtaposed 1 and 0. But such a representation
seems far off and low priority at this time, so an explicit definition
of 10 will be helpful in the interim.
A sample theorem 7p3e10 was added to "test" the new definition;
additional simple theorems for the number 10 will be added shortly.
(5Feb2007) (cont.) A new version of ax11 was added. The original
ax11 was renamed ax11o, and all uses of it were replaced with
references to the new theorem ax11o (proved from the new ax11). A new
axiomatization was placed on the mmset.html page, and a new table was
added that summarizes what is known about various possible subsystems.
Theorem ax11a (mentioned yesterday and earlier) was renamed ax11.
(2Feb2007) ax11a2 proves that ax11a can replace ax11. I have been
wondering off and on for over 10 years whether this is the case, so I am
pleased to see it proved. This answers the open question of 22Jan2007
below: "I don't know if ax11 can be recovered from it (that would be
nice)..." This now means we can replace ax11 with the shorter
equivalent
( x = y > ( A. y ph > A. x ( x = y > ph ) ) )
which I am taking under consideration. However, it would be nicer if
ax11 could be proved from ax11a without relying on ax16 and ax17, so
that the "predicate calculus without distinct variables" portion ax1
through ax15 (+ axmp + axgen) would have the same metalogical power
of proof.
Even if we can't prove ax11 from ax11a without ax16 and ax17, the
axiom set ax1 through ax15 would still be logically complete in the
sense described at
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/mmzfcnd.html#distinctors . The
deficiency would be that more theorems would have dummy variables in
their distinctor antecedents, in particular the old ax11 proved as a
theorem. However, in a way this is only of cosmetic importance, since
no matter how many axioms without distinct variables we have, Andreka's
theorem tells us there will always be some theorems with dummy variables
in their antecedents.
Now, if we could just simplify the long and ugly ax12... I have
attempted that off and on also, trying to find a shorter axiom that
captures its "essence" in the presence of the others, but without
success. (I don't care that much about ax15, since it is redundant in
the presence of ax17, as theorem ax15 shows.) The basic statement it
makes is an atomic case of ax17 using distinctors, just like ax15, and
that basic statement should be provable in the same way as theorem ax15
if we have the right support theorems. The problem so far is that those
support theorems seem to need ax12 in a different role.
ax11a2 also shows that if we wish we can "weaken" ax11a2 by making
$d x y and $d x ph if we wish, and still have completeness. Some people
might prefer this as part of an alternate axiomatization that tries to
reduce double binding in the axioms by having all set variables
distinct.
(1Feb2007) Interestingly, 3anidm23 will shorten 13 proofs, and
adding will result in a net decrease in the size of set.mm.
(31Jan2007) To prove that ipval has the inner product property
( C x. ( A ( ip ` U ) B ) ) = ( ( C S A ) ( ip ` U ) B ), i.e.
C. = in standard notation, for all complex C (in the
presence of the parallelogram law) is nonelementary: it involves an
induction to show it holds for C e. NN, then we extend it to QQ, then to
RR using continuity and the fact that QQ is dense in RR (qbtwnre), then
to CC. I think this was proved by Jordan and von Neumann in 1935. The
difficulty of the proof may be why most (all?) books define a Hilbert
space as not just a special normed space but as having a "new" operation
of inner product, from which a norm is derived.
I had some misgivings because of the difficulty of the proof, but I
think it will pay off: our definition has the nice property that
CHil (_ CBan (_ CNrmVec which the standard definition doesn't. This
will allow these spaces to share theorems trivially, which isn't the
case with the "standard" textbook definition. (Analogous to this is our
NN (_ ZZ (_ QQ (_ RR (_ CC. The standard textbook definition of CC as
ordered pairs from RR doesn't have this property formally.)
We will needed some additional theory about continuous functions for the
proof, but that should be useful for other things as well. Anyway, it
will be some time before all the inner product properties are proved.
I may add preHilbert spaces CPreHil, which is CNrmVec in which the
parallelogram law holds. Then we would also have
CHil (_ CPreHil (_ CNrmVec. However, CBan and CPreHil are not
comparable as subclasses (one is complete; the other has the
parallelogram law). CHil would have the trivial definition
CHil = ( CBan i^i CPreHil ).
(24Jan2007) I finally was able to prove a single theorem ax11inda that
covers all cases of the quantification induction step simultaneously.
It has no restrictions on z and needs no "tricks" to use it (so there
no associated uncertainty that some special case hasn't been
overlooked). This makes all the other versions obsolete, which have
been renamed to *OLD. Part of the problem before is that I didn't even
know what it should end up looking like, much less how to prove it.
While the previous two evenings of effort were thus wasted, perhaps
subconsciously they helped lead me towards this final solution.
Although it is unnecessary now, I reproved yesterday's ax11demo (whose
old proof is called ax11demoOLD) to show how simple its proof becomes
with the new ax11inda.
This completes, therefore, all the basis and induction steps needed to
derive any wffvariablefree instance of ax11 without relying on ax11,
thus showing that ax11 is not logically independent of the other axioms
(even though it is metalogically independent).
(23Jan2007) I was unhappy with yesterday's ax11inda (now ax11indaOLD)
because it was deceptively difficult to use for actual examples I tried,
and it wasn't clear to me that it could handle all possible cases
theoretically (e.g. it wasn't clear that I could derive today's ax11demo
with it). The new ax11inda is simple to use, but it only works when z
and y are distinct. I added the more powerful ax11inda2 that can be used
otherwise. I think ax11inda2 can cover all possible cases, although I'm
still working on a convincing argument for that.
ax11inda2 is still not as easy to use  the variable renaming to
eliminate the 2nd hypothesis can be very tricky. I added ax11demo to
show how to use it.
ax11inda3 is really a lemma for ax11inda, but I thought it was
interesting in its own right because it has no distinct variable
restrictions at all, and I made it a separate theorem for now. I might
rename it to ax11indalem, though.
(22Jan2007) The following email excerpt describes the new theorems
related to ax11.
Hi Raph,
> 4. How important is ax11?
>
> Clearly, all theorems of PA can be proved using your axioms, but it's
> quite possible that ax11 makes the statement of certain theorems more
> general in a useful way, and thus the resulting proof files would be
> shorter and clearer. I'm particularly interested in the quantitative
> question: how _much_ shorter? This is more a question for Norm than
> for Rob, but in any case it's entirely plausible that the only real
> way to answer it would be to try to prove a corpus of nontrivial
> theorems both ways.
I don't know if I have the answer you seek, but I'll recap what I know
about ax11:
( . A. x x = y > ( x = y > ( ph > A. x ( x = y > ph ) ) ) )
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/ax11.html
(You may already know some of this.) Before Juha proved its
_metalogical_ independence, I spent some time in the other direction,
trying to prove it from the others. My main result was proving, without
ax11, the "distinct variable elimination theorem" dvelimf2 (which
pleased me at the time):
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/dvelimf2.html
that provides a method for converting "$d x y" to the antecedent
". A. x x = y >" in some cases. This theorem can be used to derive,
without ax11, certain instances of ax11. Theorem ax11el shows an
example of the use of dvelimf2 for this.
In the remark under ax11, I say:
Interestingly, if the wff expression substituted for ph contains no wff
variables, the resulting statement can be proved without invoking this
axiom. This means that even though this axiom is metalogically
independent from the others, it is not logically independent. See
ax11el for a simple example of how this can be done. The general case
can be shown by induction on formula length.
Yesterday I added the theorems needed to make this remark rigorous. For
the basis, we have for atomic formulas with equality and membership
predicates:
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/ax11eq.html
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/ax11el.html
(These were tedious to prove. ax11el is the general case that replaces
older, more restricted demo example also called ax11el, now obsolete and
temporarily renamed ax11elOLD.) As a bonus, we also have the
specialcase basis for any wff in which x is not free:
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/ax11f.html
For the induction steps, we have for negation, implication, and
quantification
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/ax11indn.html
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/ax11indi.html
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/ax11inda.html
respectively. I wanted the last one to be prettier (without the implied
substitution and dummy variable) but wasn't successful in proving it
that way; nonetheless it is hopefully apparent how it would be used for
the induction.
The "distinctor" antecedent of ax11 can be eliminated if we
assume x and y are distinct:
( x = y > ( ph > A. x ( x = y > ph ) ) ) where $d x y
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/ax11v.html
I didn't try to recover ax11 from this, but my guess is that we can.
We can also eliminate the "distinctor" antecedent like this:
( x = y > ( A. y ph > A. x ( x = y > ph ) ) )
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/ax11a.html
which has no distinct variable restriction. This is a curious
theorem; I don't know if ax11 can be recovered from it (that would
be nice) or if it can be proved without relying on ax11.
Norm
(20Jan2007) enrefg, sbthlem10, and sbth have been reproved so that
the Axiom of Replacement is no longer needed.
(18Jan2007) The replacements for the clim* and climcvg* families are
complete. In a few days, the old theorems will be made obsolete,
with their replacements indicated in the following list, which will
be added to the "Recent Label Changes" section of set.mm.
Date Old New Notes
18Jan07 climcvgc1  obsolete; use clmi1
18Jan07 climcvg1  obsolete; use clmi2
18Jan07 clim1  obsolete; use clm2
18Jan07 clim1a  obsolete; use clm3
18Jan07 clim2a  obsolete; use clm2
18Jan07 clim2  obsolete; use clm4
18Jan07 climcvg2  obsolete; use clmi2
18Jan07 climcvg2z  obsolete; use clmi2
18Jan07 climcvgc2z  obsolete; use clmi1
18Jan07 climcvg2zb  obsolete; use clmi2
18Jan07 clim2az  obsolete; use clm3
18Jan07 clim3az  obsolete; use clm3
18Jan07 clim3a  obsolete; use clm3
18Jan07 clim3  obsolete; use clm4
18Jan07 clim3b  obsolete; use clm2
18Jan07 climcvg3  obsolete; use clmi2
18Jan07 climcvg3z  obsolete; use clmi2
18Jan07 clim4a  obsolete; use clm3
18Jan07 clim4  obsolete; use clm4
18Jan07 climcvg4  obsolete; use clmi2
18Jan07 climcvgc4z  obsolete; use clmi1
18Jan07 climcvg4z  obsolete; use clmi2
18Jan07 clim0cvg4z  obsolete; use clm0i
18Jan07 climcvgc5z  obsolete; use clmi1
18Jan07 climcvg5z  obsolete; use clmi2
18Jan07 clim0cvg5z  obsolete; use clm0i
18Jan07 climnn0  obsolete; use clm4
18Jan07 climnn  obsolete; use clm4
18Jan07 clim0nn  obsolete; use clm0
18Jan07 climcvgnn  obsolete; use clmi2
18Jan07 climcvgnn0  obsolete; use clmi2
18Jan07 clim0cvgnn0  obsolete; use clm0i
18Jan07 climcvg2nn0  obsolete; use clmi2
18Jan07 clim0cvg2nn0  obsolete; use clm0i
18Jan07 climnn0le  obsolete; use clm4le
18Jan07 clim0nn0le  obsolete; use clm4le and clm0
(14Jan2007) The purpose of resiexg is to allow us to reprove
(eventually) the SchroederBerstein theorem sbth without invoking the
Axiom of Replacement.
(11Jan2007) Right now there is a confusing mess of about 3 dozen
theorems in the clim* and climcvg* families. It appears that these can
all be replaced by around 7 theorems that cover all possible cases, and
clm1 is the first in this new family. These should allow us to get rid
of the old ones, which will probably happen soon.
(8Dec2006) In the comment of 17Nov2006 below, I mentioned
"ra4sbcgfOLD used some clever tricks to convert the hypothesis of
ra4sbcfOLD to an antecedent." Since ra4sbcgfOLD will soon be deleted, I
extracted the "trick" into a neat standalone theorem, dedhb. I
shortened the proof of ra4sbcfOLD with it to show how dedhb is used.
(6Dec2006) I put a detailed comment about the hypotheses in imsmslem
because it uses them all in one place. I am making note of it here for
future reference. I've been roughly trying to keep the variable names
consistent. There are a few changes from one theory to the next, e.g.
the group theory unit U is changed to Z (zero) in normed vector space
because it seems more natural.
Even though all these hypotheses are getting cumbersome to drag around,
that is what happens when the implicit assumptions of analysis books are
made explicit. Fortunately, many of them tend to disappear in final
applications, such as imsms or ccims.
While it would be theoretically nicer to allow general division rings
for the scalar product of vector spaces, I think that restricting it to
CC is a reasonable compromise from a practical point of view, since
otherwise we'd need up to 5 additional hypotheses to specify the
division ring components. In any case, most proofs would be essentially
the same if we need that generality in the future, so much of the hard
work would already be done. There may even be an additional advantage
to doing it with CC first: the CC proofs would tell us the minimal
number of ring theorems we would need for the more general development,
so that we could get there more quickly.
Steve Rodriguez sent in his ncvcn of 4Dec2006 at a fortuitous time,
because it provided the special case needed for the weak deduction
theorem dedth used in the imsms proof.
(4Dec2006) vcm shows that we can equivalently define the inverse of
the underlying group in a complex vector space as either the group
inverse or minus 1 times a vector. This shows that the requirement of
an underlying Abelian group is not necessary; it could be instead an
Abelian monoid (which generalizes an Abelian group by omitting the
requirement for inverse elements), although I didn't see any mention of
that in the literature. In any case, for future theorems I am thinking
of using mostly minus 1 times a vector in order to be compatible with
the Hilbert Space Explorer, which does not postulate a negative vector
as part of its axioms, since it can be derived from the scalar product
in the same way as vcm does. We can use vcm to obtain the other
approach.
(1Dec2006) dvdemo1 and dvdemo2 are discussed at:
http://planetx.cc.vt.edu/AsteroidMeta/U2ProofVerificationEngine
(17Nov2006) ra4sbc eliminates the hypothesis of ra4sbcf, making the
latter obsolete (and it will be deleted eventually). It will also make
ra4sbcgf  renamed to ra4sbcgfOLD  obsolete, since its first antecedent
is now redundant. (Kind of sad, because ra4sbcgfOLD used some clever
tricks to convert the hypothesis of ra4sbcfOLD to an antecedent; looking
at it again, I don't know if I could ever figure it out again. Oh
well.) ra4sbc will also eliminate the distinct variable restriction x,A
in ra4sbca and ra4csbela (the preveious versions of which have been
renamed to ra4sbcaOLD and ra4csbelaOLD).
(15Nov2006) The redundant Separation, Empty Set, and Pairing axioms of
ZF set theory were separated out so that their uses can be identified
more easily. After each one is derived, it is duplicated as a new
axiom:
Immediately after axsep ($p), we introduce axsep ($a)
Immediately after axnul ($p), we introduce axnul ($a)
Immediately after axpr ($p), we introduce axpr ($a)
To go back to the "old way" that minimizes the number of axioms, we
would just delete each $a and replace all references to it with the $p
immediately above it. Thus we can easily go back and forth between two
approaches, as our preference dictates: a minimal ZF axiomatization or
a more traditional one that includes the redundant axioms.
(9Nov2006) An interesting curiosity: I updated the longest path in
the "2+2 trivia" section on the Metamath Proof Explorer home page, and
the longest path changed dramatically. The path length increased from
132 to 137  an occasional increase is to be expected, as over time new
theorems (common subproofs) are found that shorten multiple proofs. The
curious thing is that in the old path, not a single theorem of predicate
calculus was in the list: it jumped over predicate calculus completely
with the path: eqeq1 (set theory) < bibi1d (prop. calc.). However, the
new path has 22 theorems of predicate calculus, mostly uniqueness and
substitution stuff. This was caused by the change of 12Sep2006 (see
notes for that date below) that provided a different path for proving
0ex. Here is the old path for comparison:
The maximum path length is 132. A longest path is: 2p2e4 < 2cn <
2re < readdcl < axaddrcl < addresr < 0idsr < addsrpr < enrer <
addcanpr < ltapr < ltaprlem < ltexpri < ltexprlem7 < ltaddpr <
addclpr < addclprlem2 < addclprlem1 < ltrpq < recclpq < recidpq <
recmulpq < mulcompq < dmmulpq < mulclpq < mulpipq < enqer <
mulasspi < nnmass < omass < odi < om00el < om00 < omword1 <
omwordi < omword < omord2 < omordi < oaword1 < oaword < oacan <
oaord < oaordi < oalim < rdglim2a < rdglim2 < rdglimt < rdglim <
rdgfnon < tfr1 < tfrlem13 < tfrlem12 < tfrlem11 < tfrlem9 <
tfrlem7 < tfrlem5 < tfrlem2 < tfrlem1 < tfis2 < tfis2f < tfis <
tfi < onsst < ordsson < ordeleqon < onprc < ordon < ordtri3or <
ordsseleq < ordelssne < tz7.7 < tz7.5 < wefrc < epfrc < epel <
epelc < brab < brabg < opelopabg < opabid < opex < prex < zfpair
< 0inp0 < 0nep0 < snnz < snid < snidb < snidg < elsncg < dfsn2
< unidm < uneqri < elun < elab2g < elabg < elabgf < vtoclgf <
hbeleq < hbel < hbeq < hblem < eleq1 < eqeq2 < eqeq1 < bibi1d <
bibi2d < imbi1d < imbi2d < pm5.74d < pm5.74 < anim12d < prth <
imp4b < imp4a < impexp < imbi1i < impbi < bi3 < expi < expt <
pm3.2im < con2d < con2 < nega < pm2.18 < pm2.43i < pm2.43 <
pm2.27 < id < mpd < a2i < ax1
(8Nov2006) The fact that dtru (and thus ax16) can be proved without
using ax16 came as something of a surprise. Still open is whether
ax16 can be derived from ax1 through ax15 and ax17.
(Later...) Well, it turns out ax16 can be derived from ax1 through
ax15 and ax17! That is a complete surprise. The "secret" lies in
aev, which is a nice little theorem in itself. I've updated the
mmset.html page  it's not very often that a new result is found about
the axiom system. Perhaps I'll still leave in the dtruALT proof since
it is an interesting exercise in predicate logic without the luxury of
definitions, although I might delete it since it is not very important
anymore.
(4Nov2006) To simplify the notation  which is still quite awkward  I
decided specialize vector spaces to complex fields, instead of defining
vector spaces on arbitrary division rings, since that is what I expect
we will use most frequently. If we need to generalize later, most
proofs should be nearly the same.
(3Nov2006) isgrp and grplidinv replace the older versions, but use the
hypothesis "X = ran G" instead of "X = dom dom G". This allows us to
eliminate the 5 theorems with the "X = dom dom G" hypothesis, and all
theorems with that hypothesis have now been deleted from the database.
(31Oct2006) All group theory theorems (except the first 5 leading up
to grprn) were reproved with "X = ran G" instead of "X = dom dom G" as
the hypothesis.
(29Oct2006) Steve Rodriguez provided a shorter proof (by 190 bytes in
the compressed proof size and by 39377 bytes in the HTML page size) for
efnn0valtlem (the lemma for his efnn0valt).
(26Oct2006) See
http://planetx.cc.vt.edu/AsteroidMeta/Translation_Systems for discussion
related to isarep1 and isarep2.
(25Oct2006) Most books (at least the ones I looked at) that define
a group with only left identity/inverse elements appear to implicitly
assume uniqueness when they derive the right identity/inverse elements,
but you need the right identity/inverse elements to prove uniqueness.
This makes our proof, which involves careful quantifier manipulations to
circumvent circular reasoning, much more complicated than the ones in
textbooks. I don't know of a simpler way to do it.
(22Oct2006) I remind the reader of the entry from (17May2006) below
called "Dirac braket notation deciphered."
kbass6t completes the associative law series kbass1tkbass6t. I moved
them to one place in the database for easier comparison:
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/mmtheorems80.html#kbass1t
(19Oct2006) The mmnotes.txt entry of (4Sep2006) describes the
general philosophy I have settled on for structures like metric spaces,
which seems to be working out well:
hyp.1 $e  X = ( 1st ` M ) $.
hyp.2 $e  D = ( 2nd ` M ) $.
xxx $p  (metric space theorem involving M, X, D) $=...
For topologies, the "pure" approach analogous to metric spaces would be
to work with topological spaces dftopsp, which defines topological
structures as ordered pairs S = <. X , J >.. We would then have e.g.
(hypothetical example not in the database):
1openA.1 $e  X = ( 1st ` S ) $.
1openA.2 $e  J = ( 2nd ` S ) $.
1openA $p  ( S e. TopSp > X e. J ) $=...
However, I am treating topological spaces in a different way because it
is easy to recover the underlying set from the topology on it (just take
the union). So theorems can be shortened as follows, still separating
the topology from the underlying set in the theorem itself:
1open.1 $e  X = U. J $.
1open $p  ( J e. Top > X e. J ) $=...
This last is the standard I am adopting for the special case of
topologies. It saves a little bit of space in set.mm. Switching to the
"pure" approach in the hypothetical 1openA would be trivial if we ever
wanted to do that for aesthetic consistency or whatever.
I bring this up because yesterday's grpass shows that we are taking a
similar approach for group theory, where the underlying set can be
recovered from the domain of the group operation: X = dom dom Grp.
Again, it would be trivial to convert all theorems to the "pure"
approach if for some reason we wanted to do that in the future.
(1Oct2006) Note the parsing of ac9s. The infinite Cartesian product
X_ x e. A ... takes a class (B in this case) and produces another class
(X_ x e. A B). Restricted quantification A. x e. A ..., on the other hand,
takes a wff (B =/= (/)) and produces another wff (A. x e. A B =/= (/)).
ac9s $p  ( A. x e. A B =/= (/) <> X_ x e. A B =/= (/) )
<> <>
wff class
<> <>
wff wff
If we were to use additional parenthesis (which are unnecessary for
unambiguous parsing), ac9s would read:
ac9s $p  ( A. x e. A ( B =/= (/) ) <> ( X_ x e. A B ) =/= (/) )
So far in the database, the following definitions with "restricted"
bound variables take a class and produce a class:
dfiun U_ x e. A B
dfiin ^_ x e. A B
dfixp X_ x e. A B
dfsum sum_ x e. A B
If we wanted, we could define these surrounded by parentheses to
eliminate any possible confusion. No proofs would have to be changed,
only the theorem statements. However, there are already too many
parentheses in a lot of theorems. Since the parenthesisfree notation
for these is unambiguous, I thought it would be best in the long run.
It's just a matter of getting used to it, and if in doubt one can always
consult the syntax hints or use "show proof ... /all".
A different example of this kind of possible confusion is sbcel1g:
( [ A / x ] B e. C <> [_ A / x ]_ B e. C )
<> <>
wff class
<> <>
wff wff
which is never ambiguous because of the different brackets: [ A / x ]
takes a wff as an argument, and [_ A / x ]_ takes a class as an
argument.
(29Sep2006) eluniima allows us to reduce alephfp from 72 steps to 62
steps. Compare the older version still at
http://us.metamath.org/mpegif/alephfp.html . (I revisited alephfp
after the discussion on http://planetx.cc.vt.edu/AsteroidMeta/metamath ).
eluniima is interesting because there aren't any restrictions on A,
which can be completely unrelated to the domain of F.
rankxplim and rankxpsuc provide the answer to part of Exercise 14 of
Kunen, which asks the reader to "compute" the rank of a cross product.
(Some of the other ones can almost be "computed"  you take the previous
answer and add 1  but it is a stretch to call this proof a
"computation".) This is a very difficult and rather unfriendly problem
to give as a "homework exercise"  at least the answer should have been
provided as a clue to work out the proof, which is already hard enough
(especially since the answer has two parts, or three if we count the
empty cross product). I wasted a lot of time on it, because I had to
prove something that I had no clue of what it would be. I wonder how many
people have actually worked this out: no one in sci.logic seemed able
to answer it.
http://groups.google.com/group/sci.logic/browse_frm/thread/41fad0ba18a9dce1
dfixp is new. I'm somewhat torn about the bold X  a capital Pi
is used in many books, but as the comment says I'd prefer to reserve
that for products of numbers. I'm open to comments on the notation.
(28Sep2006) I decided to restore the ancient (12yearold) proof of
pwpw0 for "historical" reasons (see discussion at
http://planetx.cc.vt.edu/AsteroidMeta/metamath ). It has actually been
modernized slightly, to remove the requirement that the empty set exist.
This eliminates the need for the Axiom of Replacement, from which
empty set existence is derived. The original can be seen at
http://de2.metamath.org/metamath/set.mm .
rankuni improves rankuniOLD of 17Sep by eliminating the unnecessary
hypothesis A e. V. Although this will shorten future proofs, I
don't know know if such shortening will end up "paying" for the extra 16
steps of overhead needed to eliminate A e. V. But at least rankuni will
be easier to use than rankuniOLD, having one less condition to satisfy.
(17Sep2006) foprab2 is a new version (of foprab2OLD) that no longer
requires the "C e. V" hypothesis. The new proof, using the 1st and 2nd
functions, is very different from that of foprab2OLD and the other
*oprab* theorems.
(16Sep2006) Steve Rodriguez says about his efnn0valtlem/efnn0valt
proof, "It's not short, but it took far less time than I expected, and
the result seemed so obvious that I felt nagged to prove it somehow."
(15Sep2006) opntop is an important theorem, because it connects metric
spaces to our earlier work on topology, by showing that a metric space
is a special case of a topology. This lets us apply the theorems we
have already developed for topologies to metric spaces. (It took some
work to get there; many of the theorems in the last few days where
towards the goal of proving opntop.)
The members of a topology J are called its "open sets" in textbooks, and
this theorem provides a motivation for that term. (We do not have a
separate definition for the open sets of a topology, since to say that A
is an open set of topology J we just say "A e. J".)
(12Sep2006) A number of proofs (some not shown in the Most Recent
list) were modified to better separate the various uses of the Axiom of
Replacement, and in particular to show where the Axiom of Extensionality
is needed. The old zfaus was renamed to zfauscl, and the current zfaus
is new.
Some proofs in the axrep1 through axrep5 sequence were modified to
remove uses of Extensionality, so that zfaus now uses only Replacement
for its derivation. The empty set existence zfnul now uses only zfaus
(and thus only Replacement) for its derivation. The new zfnuleu then
shows how Extensionality leads to uniqueness (via the very useful bm1.1,
which uses only Extensionality for its derivation). Finally, 0ex was
changed (with a slightly longer proof) so that it is now derived
directly from zfnuleu, to illustrate the path:
axrep > zfaus > zfnul > zfnuleu > 0ex
^

axext
Some books try to postpone or avoid the Replacement Axiom when possible,
using only the weaker Separation (a.k.a. Subset, a.k.a. Aussonderung).
This can now be done in our database, if we wish, by changing zfaus and
zfpair from theorems to axioms. (See the new last paragraph in the
axrep description.)
(7Sep2006) The set.mm database was reorganized so that the ZFC axioms
are introduced more or less as required, as you can see in the new Table
of Contents http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/mmtheorems.html#mmtc .
This lets you see what it is possible to prove by omitting certain
axioms. For example, we prove almost all of elementary set theory (that
covered by Venn diagrams, etc.) using only the Axiom of Extensionality,
i.e. without any of the existence axioms. And quite a bit is proved
without Infinity  for example, Peano's postulates, finite recursion,
and the SchroederBernstein theorem (all of which are proved assuming
Infinity in many or most textbooks).
(4Sep2006) I will be changing the way that the theorems about metric
spaces are expressed to address some inconveniences.
Consider the following two ways of expressing "the distance function of
a metric space is symmetric". In the present database, we use both
methods for various theorems. (These examples, though, are hypothetical,
except that mssym1v1 = mssymt).
(1) mssymv1.1 $e  D e. V $.
mssymv1 $p  ( ( <. X , D >. e. Met /\ A e. X /\ B e. X ) >
( A D B ) = ( B D A ) ) $=
(2) mssymv2 $p  ( ( M e. Met /\ A e. ( 1st ` M ) /\ B e. ( 1st ` M ) ) >
( A ( 2nd ` M ) B ) = ( B ( 2nd ` M ) A ) ) $=
The first way, mssymv1, shows the base set and the distance function
explicitly with the helpful letters X and D.
But often we want to say things about the metric space as a whole, not
just its components. The second way, mssymv2, accomplishes that goal,
at the expense of readability: it is less readerfriendly and more
verbose to say ( 2nd ` M ) rather than just D.
Although it is possible to convert from one to the other, it can be
awkward, especially converting from mssymv1 to mssymv2. So practically
speaking, we will end up creating two versions of the same theorem,
neither of which is ideal.
A solution to this is provided by the following third version:
(3) mssymv3.1 $e  X = ( 1st ` M ) $.
mssymv3.2 $e  D = ( 2nd ` M ) $.
mssymv3 $p  ( ( M e. Met /\ A e. X /\ B e. X ) >
( A D B ) = ( B D A ) ) $=
The conclusion is simpler than either of the first two versions and
clearly indicates the intended meaning of an object with letters M, X,
and D. Although the hypotheses are more complex, in the database they
will typically be resused by several theorems.
To obtain mssymv1 from mssymv3 is trivial: we replace M with
<. X , D >., then we use op1st and op2nd to eliminate the hypotheses.
To obtain mssymv2 from mssymv3 is trivial: we use eqid to eliminate
the hypotheses.
So, with this approach, we should never need to prove mssymv1 and
mssymv2 separately, since the conversion to either one in a proof is
immediate.
My plan is to convert everything to this approach and make most of the
existing theorems obsolete. msf is the first one using this approach,
and it will replace the existing msft. As always, comments are
welcome.
(3Sep2006) Although ax16b is utterly trivial, its purpose is simply to
support the statement made in the 7th paragraph of
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/mmzfcnd.html
(29Aug2006) The value of the ball function is a twoplace function,
i.e. it takes in two arguments, a point and a radius, and returns a set
of points. I define it as an "operation" in order to make use of the
large collection of operation theorems, and also to avoid introducing a
new syntactical form. However, we have two choices for expressing "The
value of a ball of radius R around a point P". Note that M is a metric
space, X is the underlying space of a metric space, and D is a distance
function.
Operation value notation:
( P ( ball ` M ) R )
( P ( ball ` <. X , D >. ) R ) when M = <. X , D >.
Function value notation:
( ( ball ` M ) ` <. P , R >. )
( ( ball ` <. X , D >. ) ` <. P , R >. ) when M = <. X , D >.
The former is shorter and will result in shorter proofs in general, but
I'm not sure that using infix notation like we would for an operation
like "+" is the most natural or familiar. There is no standard
notation in the literature, which uses English and also does not make
the metric space explicit. I am open to comments or suggestions.
Since ( ball ` <. X , D >. ) acts like an operation value, we also have
a third choice and could say, equivalently,
( P ( X ball D ) R ) when M = <. X , D >.
for an even shorter notation, although I'm not sure how odd it looks.
But maybe I should use it for efficiency.
Note that I am using <. X , D >. e. Met instead of X Met D (via dfbr),
even though the latter results in shorter proofs (and is shorter to
state). It seems that Met feels more like a collection of structures
that happen to be ordered pairs of objects, than it does a relation,
even though those concepts are technically identical.
(28Aug2006) Two of the standard axioms for a metric space, that the
distance function is nonnegative and that the distance function is
reflexive, are redundant, so they have been taken out of the definition
dfms to simplify it. (We will prove the redundant axioms later as
theorems.)
The first part of the ismsg proof (through step 18) is used to get rid
of the antecedent X e. V that occurs in step 43. (If either side of the
ismsg biconditional is true, it will imply X e. V, making it redundant
as an antecendent.)
(26Aug2006) Some small items related to yesterday's unctb (with a new
version today) were cleaned up:
1. The unused hypothesis B e. V was removed from unictb.
2. unpr was renamed to unipr for naming consistency.
3. The hypotheses A e. V and B e. V eliminated from unctb, with the help
of the new theorem uniprg.
(22Aug2006) csbopeq1a will help make the '1st' and '2nd' function
stuff worthwhile; it lets us avoid the existential quantifiers that are
used in e.g. copsexg. It is often easier to work with direct
computations rather than having to mess around with quantifiers. I was
surprised that there are no distinct variable, class existence, or any
other restrictions on csbopeq1a. There is no restriction on what B may
contain, which could be any random usage of x and y, not just ordered
pairs of them; but what we are doing is the logical equivalent of
substitution for ordered pairs in B as if it actually contained them.
(21Aug2006) I made some subtle changes to the little colored numbers.
Although this may seem like a trivial topic, and probably is, the
problems of obtaining a spectrum of colors with uniform brightness and
maximum distinguishability vs. hue changes aren't as easy as they might
first appear. Perhaps someone has done it before, but all of the
spectrum mappings I could find have brightness that varies with color
and aren't suitable for fonts, in particular because yellow is hard to
read. They also do not change color (as perceived by the eye) at a
uniform rate as you go through the spectrum, such as the color changes
crowded into the transition from red to green. This is OK if you want
an accurate representation of color vs. wavelength, but our goal is to
be able to distinguish different colors visually in an optimal way.
Anyway I thought it was an interesting problem, so I thought I'd say
something about it. Even though it pales in importance compared to
today's announcement of the evidence that dark matter exists. :)
The new "rainbow" color scheme now has the following properties:
1. All colors now have 50% grayscale levels. Specifically, all colors
now have an L (level) value of 53 in the L*a*b color model (see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lab_color). This means if you convert a
screenshot to grayscale, the colored numbers will all have the same
shade of gray. Yellow becomes brown at L=53, with an RGB value of
1311310.
2. Within the constraint of the 50% grayscale level, each color has
maximum saturation. This is not as simple as it seems: the RGB color
for the brightest pure blue, 00255, has an L value of only 30 (because
the eye is not as sensitive to blue), so we have to use the 57%
saturated 110110255 to get L=53. Green, on the other hand, just
requires 01480 for L=53, which is 100% saturated.
3. The hues are not equally spaced numerically, but according to how the
eye is able to distinguish them. I determined this empirically by
comparing the distinguishability of adjacent hues on an LCD monitor,
using a program I wrote for that purpose. For example, the eye can
distinguish more hues between red and green than between green and blue.
This was a problem with the old colors, which seemed to have too many
undistinguishable bluegreens. Now, as experimentally determined, the
transition from green to blue represents only 21% of the color values.
You can see the new color spectrum at the top of a theorem list page
such as http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/mmtheorems.html.
The spectrum position to RGB conversion is done by the function
spectrumToRGB in mmwtex.c of Metamath version 0.07.21 (20Aug2006).
(16Aug2006) abfii5 is the last in the series, and just chains together
the others to obtain the final connection between verion used by subbas
and the version of the lefthand side that does not involve
equinumerosity. This can allow us to express subbas in more elementary
terms, if we wish.
(14Aug2006) abfii4 is an interesting brainteaser: we show the that
^ { x  ( A (_ x /\ A. y ( ( y (_ x /\ . y = (/) /\
E. z e. om y ~~ z ) > ^ y e. x ) ) }
is equal to
^ { x  ( A (_ x /\ A. y ( ( y (_ A /\ . y = (/) /\
E. z e. om y ~~ z ) > ^ y e. x ) ) }
The second differs from the first by only one symbol: the "x" is
changed to "A". At first, it superficially looked like this would be an
elementary theorem involving set intersection. But the proof turned out
quite difficult, not only the proof itself but the fact that it needs
some subtheorems that are somewhat difficult or nonintuitive in
themselves (fiint, intab via abfii2, abfii3, abexssex [based on the
Axiom of Replacement], intmin3), involving the theories of ordinals,
equinumerosity, and finite sets. abfii2 and abfii3 are each used twice,
for different purposes, in different parts of the proof. I found this
quite a challenge to prove and would be most interested if anyone sees a
more direct way of proving this. (Note that "E. z e. om y ~~ z" just
means "y is finite". A simpler way of stating this is "y ~< om", but
that requires the Axiom of Infinity, which I wanted  and was able  to
avoid for this proof.)
abfii4 arose while looking at equivalent ways to express the collection
of finite intersections of a set, which determines a basis for a
topology (see theorem subbas). Textbooks never seem to mention the
exact formal ways of saying this, but just say, informally, "the
collection of finite intersections."
(11Aug2006) With today's 3bitr4rd, we now have the complete set of all
8 possibilities for each of the 3chainedbiconditional/equality series
3bitr*, 3bitr*d, 3eqtr*, and 3eqtr*d.
(9Aug2006) If you are wondering why it is "topGen" and not "TopGen", a
standard I've been loosely following is to use lowercase for the first
letter of classes that are ordinarily used as functions, such as sin,
cos, rank, etc. Of course you will see many exceptions, mainly because
I try to match the literature when the literature gives something a
name.
(7Aug2006) intab is one of the oddest "elementary" set theory theorems
I've seen. It took a while to convince myself it was true before I
started to work out the proof, and the proof ended up rather long and
difficult for this kind of theorem. Yet the only set theory axiom used
is Extensionality. Perhaps I just have a mental block  if anyone sees
a simpler proof let me know. I haven't seen this theorem in a book;
it arose as part of something else I'm working on.
Two new definitions were added to Hilbert space, df0op and dfiop.
The expressions ( H~ X. 0H ) and ( I ` H~ ), which are equivalent to
them, have been used frequently enough to justify these definitions.
(4Aug2006) 3eqtrr, 3eqtr2, 3eqtr2r complete the 8 possibilities for 3
chained equalities, supplementing the existing 3eqtr, 3eqtr3, 3eqtr3r,
3eqtr4, 3eqtr4r. I was disappointed that the 3 new ones reduce the size
of only 33 (compressed) proofs, taking away a total of 185 characters
from them, whereas the new theorems by themselves increase the database
size by 602 characters. So, the database will grow by a net 417
characters, and the new ones don't "pay" for themselves. Nonetheless,
O'Cat convinced me that they should be added anyway for completeness.
He wrote:
I would vote for adding them even though the net change is PLUS 400 some
bytes.
It just makes unification via utilities like mmj2 much easier  input
the formula and let the program find a matching assertion.
Esp. now that you've done the work to analyze them, it is illogical not
to make the change: eventually enough theorems will be added to save
the added bytes. And within 10 years when we have bigger, faster
memories people would think it quaint to be so stingy with theorems that
serve a valid purpose.
We're going to have PC's with a minimum of 1GB RAM next year as
standard, and that will just grow as the new nanotech advances.
So, I guess I should also complete the 3eqtr*d, 3bitr*, and 3bitr*d
families at some point.
(2Aug2006) fiint replaces fiintOLD.
(24Jul2006) Note that the description of today's sucxpdom says it has
"a proof using AC", and you can see in the list of axioms below the
proof that axac was used. Exercise: How does axac end up getting
used?
Metamath has no direct command to show you this, but it is usually easy
to find by examining the outputs of the following two commands:
1. show trace_back sucxpdom
... numth2 fodom fodomg fnrndomg ccrd($a) dfcard($a) cardval cardon cardid
cardne carden carddomi carddom cardsdom domtri entri entri2 sucdom unxpdomlem
unxpdom
^^^^^^^
2. show usage axac / recursive
...imadomg fnrndomg unidom unidomg uniimadom uniimadomf iundom cardval cardon
cardid oncard cardne carden cardeq0 cardsn carddomi carddom cardsdom domtri
entri entri2 entri3 sucdom unxpdomlem unxpdom unxpdom2 sucxpdom...
^^^^^^^
The theorem we want is the last theorem in the first list that appears
in the second list. In this case, it is unxpdom. And, indeed, we see
that unxpdom appears in proof step 43 of sucxpdom, and we can check that
unxpdom uses axac for its proof.
Of course, there may be other theorems used by the sucxpdom proof that
require axac, and the only way to determine that is to see if any of
the other theorems used in the sucxpdom proof appear in the second list.
But for a quick indication of what axac is needed for, the method above
can be useful.
(21Jul2006) oev2, etc. are part of Mr. O'Cat's cleanup project for
some of the remaining *OLDs.
(20Jul2006) istps5 is important because it reassures us that our
definitions of Top and TopSp match exactly the standard textbook
version, even though the latter is more complex when the words are
converted to symbols. I don't think istps5 will have an actual
practical use, though, because of the simpler theorems we have
available.
(18Jul2006) It is awkward to eliminate the "J e. V" hypothesis from
istop and isbasis/isbasis2 when it is redundant (as in most uses)  it
requires working with a dummy variable then elevating it to a class
variable with vtoclga  so I'm replacing these with "g" versions that
have "J e. V" as an antecedent (actually "J e. A" as customary, to allow
easy use of ibi when we need only the forward implication). I think the
nong versions will be used so rarely that it's not worth keeping them,
so they will be deleted, and it is trivial to use instead the "g"
version + axmp. [Update: istop, isbasis, and isbasis2 have now been
deleted.]
I also modified Stefan's 0opn, uniopn to use an antecedent instead
of hypothesis.
(17Jul2006) It is interesting that Munkres' definition of "a basis for
a topology" can be shortened considerably. Compare
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/isbasis3g.html (Munkres' version)
with http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/isbasisg.html (abbreviated
version). Munkres' Englishlanguage definition is (p. 78):
"Definition. If X is a set, a _basis_ for a topology on X is a
collection _B_ of subsets of X (called _basis elements_) such that
(1) For each x e. X there is at least one basis element B containing x.
(2) If x belongs to the intersection of two basis elements B1 and B2,
then there is a basis element B3 containing x such that B3 (_ B1 i^i B2."

The symbols and statement labels for topology were changed
in order to conform more closely to the terminology in Munkres, who
calls a member of our (old) Open a "topology" and calls a member of our
(old) Top a "topological space".
Old symbol New symbol
 
Top TopSp
Open Top
Old label New label
 
ctop ctps
cope ctop
dftop dftopsp
dfopen dftop
dfopen2 dftop2
optop eltopsp
elopen1 istop
elopen2 uniopnt
opempty 0opnt
emptyop sn0top
opindis indistop

If J is a topology on a set X, then X is equal to the union of J. For
this reason, the first member of a topological space is redundant.
I am doubtful that the topological space definition will offer any real
benefit and am considering deleting it. If anyone knows of a good
reason to keep it, let me know.
(12Jul2006) I added definitions for topology (dfopen and dftop),
and added some theorems that Stefan Allan proved back in Feb. and
March. Note that "e. Open" and "e. Top" are equivalent ways of saying
something is a topology, which will be shown by the (in progress)
theorem "( <. U. A , A >. e. Top <> A e. Open )", and "e. Open" is
often simpler.
(7Jul2006) Over 100 *OLD's were removed from the database,
and 83 remain, 27 of which are in the Hilbert space section. After
subtracting the *OLD's, there are 6053 theorems in the nonHilbertspace
part and 1181 for Hilbert space, a total of 7243.
This is the first time I have become aware that the Metamath Proof
Explorer has officially passed the 6000 theorem "milestone", which
happened 53 (green) theorems ago. The 6000th theorem was mt4d, added on
18Jun2006.
(6Jul2006) With the updated projlem31, all uses of ~~>OLD have been
eliminated. Soon I will remove the corresponding *OLD theorems from
the database.
(5Jul2006) With ege2le3, we have finally completed the
nonHilbertspace conversion of ~~>OLD based theorems, so that no
theorem in the nonHilbertspace section depends on ~~>OLD anymore. We
can't delete their *OLD theorems yet, because ~~>OLD is still used in a
few places in the Hilbert space section, but that should happen soon.
(If you type "show usage cliOLD/recursive" you will see, before the
Hilbert space section, the *OLDs that will be deleted. I will delete
them when the Hilbert space stuff is finished being converted to ~~>.)
By the way, we can also now delete all uses of sum1oo ("show usage
csuOLD /recursive"), which I will do soon.
(4Jul2006) Currently there are separate derivations of 2 <_ e,
e <_ 3, and 2 <_ e /\ e <_ 3. Eventually, I'll probably delete the
first two, but for now my immediate goal is to replace the *OLDs.
(1Jul2006) The proof of class2seteq was shortened. Compare the
previous version, class2seteqOLD.
(30Jun2006) Continuing with the *OLD cleanup project, the future
ereALT (to replace the existing ereALTOLD) will be an alternate
derivation of ere. The proof of ereALTOLD specifically focuses on the
number e and has a much simpler overall derivation than ere, which is a
special case of the general exponential function derivation. The lemmas
for ereALTOLD are mostly reused to derive the bounds on e (ege2OLD,
ele3OLD, ege2le3OLD). Since ereALTOLD ends up being a natural byproduct
of those theorems, I have so far kept it even though it is redundant, in
order to illustrate a simpler alternate way to prove e is real.
By the way, if you are wondering how the mmrecent page can "predict" a
future theorem, the web page generation program simply puts "(future)"
after the comment markup for any label not found in the database (and
also issues a warning to the user running the program). The mmrecent
page is refreshed with the "write recent" command in the metamath
program.
(21Jun2006) The conversion of cvgcmp3ce to cvgcmp3cet is one of our
most complex uses to date of the Weak Deduction Theorem, involving
techniques that convert quantified hypotheses to antecedents. The
conversion is performed in stages with 2 lemmas. (Eventually I want to
look at proving the theorem form directly, with the hope of reducing the
overall proof size. But for now my main goal is to replace the *OLDs.)
(20Jun2006) As mentioned below, most of the recent convergence stuff
like cvgcmp3ce is slowly replacing the *OLDs. My goal is to be able to
delete a big batch of *OLDs, used to develop the exponential funtion
dfef, within 2 weeks. We can't get rid of them until the last piece in
the chain of proofs is completed.
(6Jun2006) caucvg will replace caucvgOLD as part of the *OLD
elimination project. BTW Prof. Wachsmuth doesn't know where this proof
is from; he may have originated it: "I wrote many of the proofs years
ago and I don't remember a good reference for this particular one"
(email, 6Jun). It is a nice proof to formalize because it is more
elementary than most, in particular avoiding lim sups. (We have
dflimsup defined, but it needs to be developed. As you can see,
dflimsup is not so trivial. One of its advantages is that it is
defined  i.e. is an extended real  for all sequences, no matter how
illbehaved.)
(5Jun2006) kbass2t is the 2nd braket associative law mentioned in
the notes of 17May2006.
(4Jun2006) The description of axun was made clearer based on a
suggestion from Mel O'Cat.
(2Jun2006) unierr is our first theorem related to qubits and quantum
computing. In a quantum computer, an algorithm is implemented by
applying a sequence of unitary operations to the computer's qubit
register. A finite number of gates selected from a fixed, finite set
cannot implement an arbitrary unitary operation exactly, since the set
of unitary operations is continuous. However, there is a small set of
quantum gates (unitary operations) that is "universal," analogous to the
universal set AND and NOT for classical computers, in the sense that any
unitary operation may be approximated to arbitrary accuracy by a quantum
circuit involving only those gates. Theorem unierr tells us,
importantly, that the worstcase errors involved with such
approximations are only additive. This means that small errors won't
"blow up" and destroy the result in the way that, say, a tiny
perturbation can cause completely unpredictable behavior in weather
prediction (the "butterfly effect").
(1Jun2006) Someone complained about not being able to understand infpn
(now called infpn2), so I decided to make the "official" infpn use only
elementary notation.
(27May2006) The label of the ubiquitous 'exp' (export) was changed to
'ex' to prevent it from matching the math token 'exp' (exponential
function), in anticipation of the 24Jun Metamath language spec change.
Normally I don't mention label changes here  they're documented at the
top of set.mm  but ex, used 724 times, is the 5th most frequently used
theorem, so this change will almost certainly impact any project using
set.mm as a base. Although ex is of course not new, I redated it to
show up in today's "Most Recent Proofs."
(25May2006) I think csbnest1g is interesting because the first
substitution is able to "break through" into the inside of the second
one in spite of the "clashing x's". Compare csbnestg, where x and y
must be distinct. I found it a little tricky to prove, and I wasn't
even sure if it was true at first.
(18May2006) kbasst proves one of the associative laws mentioned
yesterday:
Dirac: ( A> = A> ( )
Metamath: ( ( A ketbra B ) ` C ) = ( ( ( bra ` B ) ` C ) .s A )
(17May2006) Dirac braket notation deciphered
Most quantum physics textbooks give a rather unsatisfactory, if not
misleading, description of the Dirac braket notation. Many books will
just say that is defined as the inner product of A and B, or even
say that it _is_ the inner product, then go off and give mechanical
rules for formally manipulating its "components" . For
physicists, "formally" means "mechanically but without rigorous
justification."
If the dimensions are finite, there is no problem. A finitedimensional
Hilbert space is essentially linear algebra, and it is possible to prove
that any vector and linear operator can be represented by an ntuple
(column vector) and matrix respectively. In finite dimensions, we just
define A> to be a column vector and (the
inner product) and A> is a member of Hilbert space (a vector) and call equals the inner product
of A and B. While this solves some of the problems, mysteries remain,
such as, what is the "outer product" A> = A> ( )
( ) to be defined as ( B .i A ). So now we have
the "best of both worlds" and can choose either (which physicists
consider synonymous with inner product) or (A .i B) = , to match
whatever text we're working with.
There are actually 4 kinds of objects that result from different bra and
ket juxtapositions: complex numbers, vectors, functionals, and operators.
This is why juxtaposition is not "exactly" a product, because its
meaning depends on the kind of objects that the things being juxtaposed
represent. The starting operations on vectors are as follows:
Finite dim.
Operation Notation Metamath Value analogy
ket A> A vector column vector
bra ( B .i A ) complex number complex number
outer product A> can also be expressed as ( ( bra ` A ) ` B )
 as today's theorem bravalvalt shows  and this will be needed to use
the table below (in line 5). (Lines 3 and 4 in the above table are
redundant, since they are special cases of lines 5 and 4 below; line 4
above is computed ( A ketbra ( `' bra ` ( bra ` B ) ) ) = ( A ketbra B ).)
We will represent the four kinds of possible results in the "Value"
column above as v, f, c, and o respectively. After accounting for the
restrictions on juxtaposing bras and kets (e.g., we can never have an
inner product followed by a ket), exactly the following cases can occur
when two Dirac subexpressions T and U are juxtaposed to produce a new
Dirac expression TU:
T U TU Metamath operation Description
c c c ( T x. U ) Complex number multiplication
c f f ( T .fn U ) Scalar product with a functional
v c v ( U .s T ) Scalar product (note T & U swap)
v f* o ( T ketbra ( `' bra ` U ) ) Outer product (with converse bra)
f v c ( T ` U ) Inner product (bra value)
f o f ( T o. U ) Functional composed with operator
o v v ( T ` U ) Value of an operator
o o o ( T o. U ) Composition of two operators
*Note: In line 4, U must be a continuous linear functional (which will
happen automatically if U results from a string of kets and bras).
This is needed by the Riesz theorem riesz2t, which allows the
inverse bra to work. The other lines have no restriction.
See dfhfmul for ".fn", dfco for "o.", and dfcnv for "`'".
Line 5 can be stated equivalently:
f* v c ( U .i ( `' bra ` T ) ) Inner product (with converse bra)
So, the "operation" of juxtaposition of two Dirac subexpressions can
actually be any one of 8 different operations! This is why we can't
easily express the Dirac notation directly in Metamath, since a class
symbol for an operation is supposed to represent only one object.
Supplementary note: Physics textbooks will often have equations with an
operator sandwiched between a bra and a ket. Its juxtaposition with a
bra or ket also now becomes easy to formalize: match an entry from the
table above where the operator corresponds to an "o" input.
As an example of the use of the above table, consider the associative
laws above and their settheoretical (Metamath) translations, which
we will eventually prove as theorems in the database.
Dirac: ( A> = A> ( )
Metamath: ( ( A ketbra B ) ` C ) = ( ( ( bra ` B ) ` C ) .s A )
Dirac: ( ) . <. B  ) (  C >. <. D  ) =
 A >. ( <. B  (  C >. <. D  ) )
Metamath: ( ( A ketbra B ) o. ( C ketbra D ) ) =
( A ketbra ( `' bra ` ( ( bra ` B ) o. ( C ketbra D ) ) ) ) )
There you have it, a complete formalization of Dirac notation in
infinite dimensional Hilbert space! I've never seen this published
before.
For an intuitive feel for the table above, it can be useful to compare
the finite dimensional case using vectors and matrices. Suppose A and
B are column vectors of complex numbers
[a_1] [b_1]
[a_2] [b_2]
Then B> is the same as B, and becomes the inner product
a_1* x. b_1 + a_2* x. b_2, and B> y = x and A. x A. y ph <> A. y A. x ph. To accomodate this,
we could have a notation representing the opposite of a $d that says two
variables are not necessarily distinct. Alternately, we could adopt the
approach of restating the axiom system so that set variables are always
distinct, as described on
http://planetx.cc.vt.edu/AsteroidMeta//mmj2Feedback (search for "Here is
an idea"). However, in set theory and beyond, situations where set
variables are not required to be distinct are not very common.
(10May06) A reader comments at http://www.jaredwoodard.com/blog/?p=5
that he wishes I'd spend less time on Hilbert space and more on cleaning
up *OLDs.
The cleaning up of *OLDs has actually been happening "behind the scenes"
even though people may not notice it. Almost 200 *OLDs have been
eliminated since January (there were 380 then; now there are 185).
Yesterday's geoser and expcnv will eliminate their corresponding *OLDs,
for example. Mel O'Cat is also working on a list of 27 of the *OLDs.
I realize hardly anyone cares about the Hilbert space stuff, and regular
visitors are probably bored to tears seeing the dreary purple theorems
day after day. :) (I do try not to go too long without a pretty green
one now and then.) My long term goal is to build a foundation that will
let me explore rigorously some new ideas I have for Hilbert lattice
equations that may lead to writing a new paper. I also want to build up
a foundation for theorems related to quantum computing. In a few days
hopefully we will have a theorem related to error growth in qubits
(quantum gates).
(9May06) Compare geoser to the old one, geoserOLD, that it replaces.
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometric_series
(5May06) The Riesz representation theorem is used to justify the
existence and uniqueness of the adjoint of an operator. In particular,
the rigorous justification of Dirac braket notation in quantum
mechanics is dependent on this theorem. See also Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riesz_representation_theorem
(13Apr06) One thing to watch out for in the literature is how the
author defines "operator". I put some notes at
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/dflnop.html on the various
definitions: for some they are arbitrary mappings from H to H, for
others they are linear, for still others they are linear and bounded.
In set.mm, "operator" means an arbitrary mapping.
Today's goal is: a linear operator is continuous iff it is bounded.
This will be called "lncnbd" when it is completed later today. lnopcon
provides the basic proof of this: it is not a trivial proof, 220 steps
long, and to me it is nonintuitive. Many authors forget about the case
of the trivial Hilbert space, where sometimes a result holds and other
times not. lnopcon does hold, but we have to prove the trivial case
separately, and in step 219 we combine the nontrivial case of step 194
with trivial case of step 218.
(12Apr06) The astute observer may have noticed that the dates on
the "Recent Additions to the Metamath Proof Explorer" now have 4digit
years, e.g. 12Apr2006 instead of 12Apr06. Version 0.07.15 of
the metamath program implements 4digit date stamps, and set.mm has
been updated with 4digit years. The program still recognizes 2digit
years (for the 'write recent' command) but assumes they fall between
1993 and 2092.
(10Apr06) The reason the xrub proof is long is that it involves 9
cases: 3 cases for B (real, oo, and +oo), and for each B, 3 cases for
x. (We handle some of them simultaneously in the proof.) This theorem
means we only have to "scan" over the reals, rather than all of the
extended reals, in order to assert that B is an upper bound for set A.
This is true even if A contains nonreals or if B is nonreal (+oo
or oo).
When we quantify over all extended reals, often we have to consider the
3 cases of real, oo, +oo separately. The advantage of this theorem is
that we don't have to handle the last two cases anymore, so some proofs
will become significantly shorter as a result.
(6Apr06) The proof of unictb is very different from Enderton's, which
I found somewhat awkward to formalize. Instead, it is effectively a
special case of Takeuti/Zaring's much more general uniimadom.
It is also interesting how simple it is to go from the indexed union to
the regular union version of a theorem, whereas it can be rather
difficult in the other direction. For example, iunctb to unictb is
trivial through the use of uniiun. But for the finite version of this
theorem, compare the difficulty of going from the regular union version,
unifi to iunfi, requiring the notsotrivial fodomfi, which was
proved for this purpose.
The conversion of unifi to iunfi involved substituting z for x and
{ y  E. x e. A y = B } for A in unifi, using dfiun2 on the consequent,
and doing stuff to get the antecedents right. The "doing stuff"
ends up being not so simple.
Perhaps if I had to do it over, it might have been simpler to prove
iunfi first, then trivially obtain unifi via uniiun, although I'm not
really sure.
Both iunctb and iunfi are intended ultimately to be used by a Metamath
development of topology, which Stefan Allan has started to look at.
(1Apr06) Today's avril1 http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/avril1.html
is a repeat of last year's, except for a small change in the
description. But I bring it up again in order to reply to last year's
skeptics.
Unlike what some people have thought, there is nothing fake about this
theorem or its proof! Yes, it does resemble an April Fool's prank, but
the mathematics behind it are perfectly rigorous and sound, as you can
verify for yourself if you wish. It is very much a valid theorem of ZFC
set theory, even if some might debate its relative importance in the
overall scheme of things. The only thing fake is that Prof. Lirpa uses a
pseudonym, since he or she wishes to remain anonymous.
Tarski really did prove that x=x in his 1965 paper. While it is
possible he wasn't the first to do so, he did not attribute the theorem
to anyone else.
The theorem
. ( A P~ RR ( i ` 1 ) /\ F (/) ( 0 x. 1 ) )
importantly tells us we cannot prove, for example,
( A P~ RR ( i ` 1 ) /\ F (/) ( 0 x. 1 ) )
if ZFC is consistent. If we utter the latter statement, that will
indeed be a hilarious joke (assuming ZFC is consistent) for anyone who
enjoys irony and contradiction! But anyone who could prove the latter
statement would achieve instant notoriety by upsetting the very
foundation that essentially all of mathematics is built on, causing it
to collapse like a house of cards, into a pile of (Cantor's) dust that
would blow away in the wind. That assumes, of course, that the paradox
is not hushed by the established mathematical community, whose very
livelihoods would be at stake. In that case, the discoverer might
achieve wealth instead of fame.
So, in effect the theorem, being preceded by the "not" sign, really
tells us: "I am _not_ an April Fool's joke." Thus we are reminded of
the Liar Paradox, "this sentence is not true," but with an important
difference: paradoxically, avril1 is not a paradox.
For those whose Latin is rusty, "quidquid germanus dictum sit, altum
viditur" means "anything in German sounds profound." Just as logicians
have done with Latin ("modus ponens" and so on), set theorists have
chosen German as their primary obfuscating language. For example, set
theory texts lend great importance and mystery to the otherwise trivial
subset axiom by calling it "Aussonderung." This helps keep the number
of set theorists at a comfortable level by scaring away all but a few
newcomers, just enough to replace those retiring.
To derive avril1, we have used an interdisciplinary approach that
combines concepts that are ordinarily considered to be unrelated. We
have also used various definitions outside of their normal domains.
This is called "thinking outside of the box." For example, the
imaginary constant i is certainly not a function. But the definition of
a function value, dffv, allows us to substitute any legal class
expression for its class variable F, and i is a legal class expression.
Therefore ( i ` 1 ) is also a legal class expression, and in fact it can
be shown to be equal the empty set, which is the value of "meaningless"
instances of dffv, as shown for example by theorem ndmfv.
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/dffv.html
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/ndmfv.html
Now that the technique has been revealed, I hope that next year someone
else will make a contribution. You have a year to work on it.
(28Mar06) sspr eliminates the hypotheses of the older version, which
has been renamed to ssprOLD.
(27Mar06) As of today's version of set.mm, 183 out of the 315 theorems
with names ending "OLD" were removed, so there are only 132 *OLDs left.
This has made set.mm about 300KB smaller. (The 132 remaining can't just
be deleted, since they currently are referenced by other proofs, which
will have to be revised to eliminate their references. Mel O'Cat has
started working on some of them.)
(20Mar06) Stefan has done the "impossible," which is find an even
shorter proof of id. (See the note of 18Oct05 below.) His new proof
strictly meets the criteria I use for accepting shorter proofs
(described at the top of the set.mm file). He writes, "Too bad you
don't get a special prize for shortening this one!" I agree; any
suggestions?
About a1d, he writes, "[a1d] is not a shorter proof in compressed
format, and is in fact the same size as the old one. However it has
fewer steps if expanded out into axioms, so you might want to include it
in set.mm anyway."
(24Feb06) Stefan's sylcom proof has 1 fewer character in set.mm than
the previous, and 9 fewer characters in its HTML file. I think we may
be approaching the theoretical limit. :)
(22Feb06) The proof of efcj uses some obsolete theorems with the old
convergence ~~>OLD, but I don't have the updated ones ready yet and just
wanted to get efcj out of the way since we will need it for more
trignometry. Eventually the proof of efcj will be updated. Note that
"obsolete" doesn't mean "unsound"; the proof is perfectly rigorous. The
purpose of the new notation is to make proofs more efficient (shorter)
once everything is updated with it.
(17Feb06) efadd was completed a little sooner than I thought. Here
are some statistics: the set.mm proof (efadd + 28 lemmas) takes 47KB
(out of 4.5MB for set.mm). The HTML pages take 4.7MB (out of 372MB
total for mpegif).
(13Feb06) Over the next couple of weeks, we will be proving what has
turned out to be a difficult theorem  the sum of exponents law for the
exponential function with complex arguments, i.e. e^(a+b)=e^a.e^b. Even
though textbook proofs can seem relatively short, the ones I've seen
gloss over many of the tedious details. After several false starts I
came up with a proof using explicit partial sums of product series and
explicit comparisons for the factorial growth (we will use the recent
fsum0diag and faclbnd4 for this). The whole proof will have around
30 lemmas.
(12Feb06) nonbool demonstrates that the Hilbert lattice is
nonBoolean. This proves that quantum logic is not classical. Of
course this is well known, but I've only seen it stated without proof,
so I came up with a formal demonstration. It seems the dimension
must be at least 2 to demonstrate nonBoolean behavior.
Note that we have already shown that it is orthomodular (in pjoml4),
but Boolean is a special case of orthomodular, so that in itself doesn't
demonstrate that quantum logic is not classical.
(11Feb06) Even though the climmul proof is long, I'm not unhappy about
it, since Gleason dedicates over 2 pages to the proof (although some of
it is an informal discussion of how one goes about coming up with such a
proof).
While our proof roughly follows Gleason, our trick of constructing a new
positive number less than both A and 1, given a positive number A, is
not in Gleason  he uses the infimum of A and 1 (bottom of page 170),
which would be more awkward (for us at least) to deal with. This trick
is proved by recrecltt and is used in climmullem5.
(9Feb06) I found a slightly shorter equivalent for axgroth expanded to
primitives. The idea was to use fun11 at step 42, so that the old steps
4260 become 4248. But the result was a little disappointing. I had
higher hopes for the idea but it only ended up removing one binary
connective. At least the proof is 59 instead of 71 steps. (The old one
has been kept temporarily as grothprimOLD.) Probably the biggest problem
is the repeated use of grothlem (4 times) to expand binary relations.
I wonder if there is a shorter way to effectively express this concept.
(8Feb06) dummylink was added for a project to interface O'Cat's mmj2
Proof Assistant GUI with the metamath program's Proof Assistant, but
I've discovered that it can be quite handy on its own as suggested by
its description. For more background see "Combining PA GUI and CLI  an
interim solution?" at the bottom of web page
http://planetx.cc.vt.edu/AsteroidMeta/mmj2ProofAssistantFeedback
(Downloaders  the Metamath download containing this proof will be in
tomorrow's download. In general, the Most Recent Proofs usually take
about a day to propagate to the downloads.)
(4Feb06) More shorter proofs by O'Cat  pm2.43d, pm2.43a.
rcla4cv ended up shortening 26 proofs by combining rcla4v and com12.
The result was a net reduction in the database size, even after
accounting for the new space taken by rcla4cv.
(3Feb06) Mel O'Cat found shorter proofs for sylcom, syl5d, and syl6d
while having fun with his new toy, the Proof Assistant GUI.
Note: the new proofs of of syl5d and syl6d have the same number of
logical steps, but proofs are shorter if we include the unseen
wffbuilding steps. Out of curiosity I restored the original syl5d
proof, since it had already been shortened by Josh Purinton, and called
it syl5OLDOLD. Here are the complete proofs for the syl5d versions:
syl5d: 14 steps
wph wps wta wch wth wph wta wch wi wps syl5d.2 a1d syl5d.1 syldd $.
syl5dOLD: 16 steps
wph wps wch wth wi wta wth wi syl5d.1 wph wta wch wth syl5d.2 imim1d
syld $.
syl5dOLDOLD: 19 steps
wph wta wps wth wph wta wch wps wth wi syl5d.2 wph wps wch wth syl5d.1
com23 syld com23 $.
(30Jan06) Today we start a brand new proof of the binomial theorem
that will be much shorter than the old one. It should also be much more
readable. This is what the new one will look like (A e. CC, B e. CC):
( N e. NN0 > ( ( A + B ) ^ N ) = sum_ k e. ( 0 ... N )
( ( N C. k ) x. ( ( A ^ ( N  k ) ) x. ( B ^ k ) ) ) )
Compare to the old, binomOLD:
( ( N e. NN0 /\ A. k e. ( 0 ... N ) ( F ` k ) =
( ( N C. k ) x. ( ( A ^ k ) x. ( B ^ ( N  k ) ) ) ) ) >
( ( A + B ) ^ N ) = ( <. 0 , N >. sumOLD F ) )
(24Jan06) (Compare note of 22Oct05.) Per the request of Mel O'Cat,
I eliminated all connective overloading in set.mm by making weq, wel,
and wsb "theorems" so that he can use set.mm with his GUI Proof
Assistant. This involved moving set theory's wceq, wcel, and wsbc
up into the predicate calculus section, which is somewhat confusing,
so I added extensive commenting to explain it hopefully.
Note that the web page "proofs" of weq, wel, and wsb have only one step:
this is because they are syntax proofs, and all syntax building steps
are suppressed by the webpage generation algorithm, which doesn't
distinguish weq, etc. from "real" theorems. I'm not yet sure if it's
worth changing the algorithm for this special case. To see the actual
steps, in the Metamath program type "show proof weq /all".
(20Jan06) supxrcl shows the usefulness of the extended reals: the
supremum of any subset always exists. Compare the nonextended real
version suprcl, which has a complicated antecedent that must be
satisfied.
(19Jan06) A new set theory axiom, axgroth, was added to the database.
This axiom is used by Mizar http://mizar.org to do category theory (that
ZFC alone cannot do), and I think it is appropriate to add it to set.mm.
One of the negative aspects of this axiom (aesthetically speaking) is
that it is "nonelementary" and very ugly when expanded to primitives,
unlike the ZFC axioms. I worked out grothprim because I was curious to
see what it actually looks like. I don't think grothprim will actually
be used for anything since it is impractical; instead, axgroth would be
the starting point. However, grothprim can provide a benchmark for
anyone seeking a shorter version. There may be a theoretical reason why
it can't be as short as say axac, but I don't think anyone knows what
the shortest possible equivalent is.
mmset.html has also been updated to include axgroth below the ZFC
axioms.
I wrote to Jeff Hankins:
I added axgroth partly in response to your email on Mycielski's ST set
theory,* although it's been on my backburner for a while. In my mind,
axgroth "completes" set theory for all practical purposes. (The Mizar
people, who use this axiom, also think so.) Unlike the controversial
assertions of ST, axgroth is relatively mild and uncontroversial  I
don't know of any debate over it, unlike the debate on the Continuum
Hypothesis. I am pretty sure that Mycielski's Axiom SC implies axgroth
from his comments, although I haven't worked out a proof. So
ZFC+axgroth is most likely a subset of ST.
* http://www.ams.org/notices/200602/feamycielski.pdf  free AMS
signup required to view article
(12Jan06) The exponential function definition dfef is new.
Yesterday's version of dfef was reproved as theorem dfefOLD that
will eventually be deleted after the old infinite summation notation is
phased out.
Compare the new exponential function value formula, efvalt, with the old
one, efvaltOLD. Don't you agree that it is much easier to read? This
kind of thing makes me believe that the effort to introduce the new
summation notation was worthwhile. :) In addition, will have a much
nicer version of the binomial theorem (whose old version has already
been renamed to binomOLD), with a much shorter proof  stay tuned!
(11Jan06) isumvalOLDnew links the old and new definitions of infinite
sum, allowing us to temporarily reuse theorems in the old notation until
they are phased out. See comments below of 1Nov05, 2Nov05,
20Dec05, and 21Dec05 regarding the new finite/infinite sum notation
dfsum.
The present definition of the exponential function, dfef, makes use of
the obsolete infinite sum notation. dfefOLDnew will replace dfef in the
next few days and become its new official definition. The old dfef
will become a (temporary) theorem that will be used to support the old
infinite sum notation until it is phased out.
gchkn was updated with new hyperlinks.
(10Jan06) Regarding the 9Jan06 item in "Also new", the primary
reason I added the "/except" switch to "minimize_with" was to exclude
3syl. While 3syl may shorten the uncompressed normal proof, it often
makes compressed proofs grow longer. This happens when the intermediate
result of two chained syl's is used more than once. When the
intermediate result disappears due to 3syl, two formerly common
subproofs have to be repeated separately in the compressed proof  part
of the compression is achieved by not repeating common subproofs. So,
typically I exclude 3syl then minimize with it separately to see if the
compressed proof shortens or lengthens. Maybe I'll add an option to
also check the compressed proof length instead of or in addition to the
normal proof length, but the "/exclude" was easier to program, and
curiously 3syl is the only problematic theorem I'm aware of.
(9Jan06) climOLDnew is a temporary theorem that links the old and new
limit relations, ~~>OLD and ~~>. This will let us "jump ahead" and work
on exponentiation, etc. with the new notation before cleaning up all the
~~>OLD stuff (which I will still clean up eventually). The linkage is
needed to avoid any gaps in the released set.mm. (The metamath command
"verify proof *" should always pass for the daily releases of set.mm,
ensuring absolute correctness of its contents  even the stuff that's
obsolete.)
The main difference between ~~>OLD and ~~> is that ~~>OLD has the rigid
constraint that the sequence F be a function from NN to CC, whereas ~~>
allows F to be any set with lots of irrelevant garbage in it as long as
it eventually has function values in CC beyond some arbitrary point.
This can make ~~> much more flexible and easier to use.
The uppercase "OLD" in climOLDnew means the theorem will go away; for my
cleanup I will be phasing out and deleting all theorems matching *OLD*.
Currently there are 380 *OLD* theorems due to be phased out. They can
be enumerated by counting the lines of output of the metamath command
"show label *OLD*/linear".
(6Jan06) syl*el* are all possible combinations of syl5,syl6 analogs
for membership and equality. I added them to shorten many proofs, since
these patterns occur frequently. (Since 1999 I've added the syl*br*
versions of these for binary relations and found them useful, so I
decided to add the syl*el* versions.) There is a curious asymmetry in
which ones ended up being useful: syl5eqel got used over 30 times,
whereas syl5eleq isn't used at all so far. I don't know if this is
because I wrote the original proofs with certain patterns subconsciously
repeated, or if there is something more fundamental.
(3Jan06) r19.21aiva adds 319 bytes to the database, but it reduces the
size of about 50 (compressed) proofs by 765 bytes total, for a net
reduction in database size of 466 bytes.
(21Dec05) All theorems that involved dffsum have been updated to use
the dualpurpose (finite and infinite) dfsum instead. So, we now have:
Definition Token Symbol
Yesterday Today Yesterday Today Yesterday Today
dfsum dfsum sum_NEW sum_ \Sigma_NEW \Sigma
dffsum dffsum sum_ sum_OLD \Sigma \Sigma_OLD
dffsumOLD dffsumOLD sumOLD sumOLD \Sigma_OLD \Sigma_OLDOLD
The names with "OLD" are now kind of oddly inconsistent, but everything
with "OLD" in it (whether label or token) will eventually be deleted so
it doesn't really matter.
(20Dec05) The new finite sum stuff looks like it will be very useful,
and we will need an infinite sum version to replace the current dfisum.
Rather than repeat the whole development with new equality, bound
variable, etc. utility theorems, I decided to combine the two
definitions. The new combined definition is called dfsum, which is
basically the union of two definitions. The index range (finite or
infinite) determines whether the sum is finite or infinite. See the
comments in dfsum. We need about half a dozen utility theorems. Then,
after changing the "sigmaNEW" to "sigma", we can "plug in" the new
definition and reuse the theorems we have already developed for finite
sums without further modification.
fzneuzt is the basic theorem that lets us distinguish the finite
half vs. the infinite half of dfsum.
(14Dec05) fsum1sNEW (to be renamed fsum1s) exploits class2set to
eliminate the hypothesis of fsum1slem, so that we require only existence
of A(M) as a member of some arbitrary class B, rather than requiring
that it be a complex number (as yesterday's fsum1s requires). This will
shorten future proofs by allowing us to apply fsum1sNEW directly when A
is a real, rational, etc. I had almost forgotten about class2set, which
I think is a neat trick. Yesterday's fsum1s will be renamed to
fsum1sOLD and eventually deleted.
I'm not sure if fsum1s2 will be useful, but it lets us show off an
application of the interesting fz1sbct.
(13Dec05) fsum1slem shows an example of a use for the new
substitutionforaclass notation. Compare it to the implicit
substitition version fsum1.
fsum1s turns the hypothesis A e. V of fsum1slem into an antecedent.
Since A is quantified, we have to work a little harder than usual to
accomplish this.
(4Dec05) See http://planetx.cc.vt.edu/AsteroidMeta//metamathMathQuestions
for comments on equsb3.
(30Nov05) csbnestg is the same as csbnestglem except that it has fewer
distinct variable restrictions. Its proof provides another example of a
way to get rid of them; the key is using a dummy variable that is
eliminated with csbcog. I think it is a neat theorem and was pleasantly
surprised that so few distinct variable restrictions were needed. The
antecedents just say that A and B are sets and are easily eliminated in
most uses. By having antecedents instead of A e. V, B e. V hypotheses,
we can make more general use of the theorem when A and B sethood is
conditioned on something else; hence the "g" after "csbnestg".
(23Nov05) In all versions of set.mm from 18Nov05 to 22Nov05 inclusive,
the line
htmldef "QQ" as "";
should be
htmldef "QQ" as "";
Thanks to Jeff Hankins for pointing this out.
(18Nov05) sbccom is the same as sbccomlem except that it has fewer
distinct variable restrictions. Its proof shows an example of how to
get rid of them when they are not needed.

I made around 80 changes to the bixxx series names to be
consistent with earlier bixxx > xxbix changes in prop. calc. E.g.
biraldv was changed to ralbidv.
r  restricted
al  for all
bi  biconditional
d  deduction
v  $d instead of boundvariable hypothesis
Also, bi(r)abxx were changed to (r)abbieqxx e.g. biabi was changed to
abbieqi.
ab  class abstract (class builder)
bi  hypothesis is biconditional
eq  conclusion is equality
i  inference
As usual, all changes are listed at the top of set.mm, and as instructed
there can be used to create a script to update databases using set.mm as
their base. As always, better naming suggestions are welcome.
(17Nov05) abidhb is a very neat trick, I think! It will let us do
things that the Weak Deduction Theorem by itself can't handle. For its
first use, we create a "deduction" form of the boundvariable hypothesis
builder for function values, hbfvd  this is actually a closed form that
allows _all_ hypotheses to be eliminated, since 'ph' is arbitrary and
can be replaced with a conjunct of the hypotheses. And the only thing
hbfvd needs is the "inference" version hbfv in step 5! Before I thought
of abidhb, hbfvd was going to require a long chain of hbxxd's (hbimd,
hbabd,...) that would build up to the function value definition. I was
actually starting to get depressed about the amount of work that would
have been needed. But as they say, laziness is the mother of invention.
Now, we can just add hbxxd's as needed, starting from the hbxx
"inference" versions!
(15Nov05) Note that fsumeq2 requires a $d for A and k, whereas fsumeq1
doesn't. On the other hand, we have analogously iuneq1 and iuneq2,
neither of which require the bound variable to be distinct! I spent a
lot of time trying to get rid of it for fsumeq2 by changing the
definition dffsum, but it always seemed that if I got rid of it in
fsumeq2 it would show up in fsumeq1. So I don't know whether it is
theoretically possible to get rid of it. In the current version of the
fsumeq2 proof, the $d is needed to satisfy resopab in steps 9 and 10.
Getting rid of $d A k in fsumeq2 would be advantageous if I add an
"explicit substitution" form of induction like (for ordinals) Raph
Levien's findes, where the hypothesis findes.2 has the substituted
variable free in the expression to be substituted. So, if anyone can
solve this, let me know!
(14Nov05) Today we introduce a new definition, dfcsbc, the proper
substitution of a class variable for a set into another class variable.
We use underlined brackets to prevent ambiguity with the wff version,
otherwise [ x / y ] A R B could mean either x e. { y  A R B } for the
dfsbc wff version or <. [ x / y ] A , B >. e. R for the dfcsbc class
version. So instead we use [_ x / y ]_ A for the class version. One
reason I chose the underline is that it is easy to do in Unicode and
LaTeX, but if you have another idea for the notation let me know. See
notes of 5Nov05 for other notes on the definition.
(13Nov05) I decided to make the new finite summation notation dffsum
official. The old has been renamed to dffsumOLD. I am uncertain about
whether to keep the old (under a different name yet to be determined) or
delete it eventually. There are 61 theorems using it (21 of which are
the binomial theorem binom) which I hope to eventually reprove with the
new notation.
(5Nov05) Regarding sbabex: The notation "[ y / x ] ph" means "the
proper substitution of y for x in phi". We do not have a separate
notation for the class version of this, so until such time (if it
becomes common enough to warrant a special notation), the idiom
"{ z  [ y / x ] z e. A }" means "the proper substitution of y for x in
class variable A". In other words we turn the class into a wff  the
predicate "is in A"  then do the proper substitution, and finally turn
the result back into a class by collecting all sets with this predicate.
I think that's a neat trick, and it will become the definition if we
introduce a notation for it. Note that the argument of "[ y / x ]" is
"z e. A", which is a wff.
(2Nov05) I have about a dozen theorems in progress with the current
'dffsum' notation, that I might as well finish before switching to the
new notation. These will provide reference proofs that will make the
corresponding versions in the new notation easier to prove, but they
will eventually be deleted (assuming I adopt the new notation, whose
definition I'm still fine tuning.)
Not all theorems will be shorter with the new notation, which is one
reason for my indecision. For example:
Old: (fsumserz)
 F e. V =>  ( N e. ( ZZ> ` M ) >
( <. M , N >. sum F ) = ( ( <. M , + >. seq F ) ` N ) )
New: (fsumserzNEW)
 F e. V =>  ( N e. ( ZZ> ` M ) >
sumNEW k e. ( M ... N ) ( F ` k ) = ( ( <. M , + >. seq F ) ` N ) )
(1Nov05) The proof of the binomial theorem painfully illustrates that
the current notation for summations is very awkward to work with,
particularly with nested summations.
A new definition I'm experimenting with is dffsumNEW, which, unlike
dffsum (which is a class constant with no arguments), has a dummy
variable k and two other arguments. To indicate the sum A^1 + A^2 +...+
A^N, we can write
sumNEW k e. ( 1 ... N ) ( A ^ k )
instead of the present
( <. 1 , N >. sum { <. k , y >.  ( k e. ZZ /\ y = ( A ^ k ) ) } )
(where usually the class builder is stated as a hypothesis like
F = { <. k , y >.  ( k e. ZZ /\ y = ( A ^ k ) ) } to keep the
web page proof size down). Nested sums are even more awkward, as
the hypothesis "G =" in the binomial lemmas shows.
With the new notation, the binomial theorem would become:
( N e. NN0 > ( ( A + B ) ^ N ) = sumNEW k e. ( 0 ... N )
( ( N C. k ) x. ( ( A ^ k ) x. ( B ^ ( N  k ) ) ) ) )
The price we pay is that 'sumNEW' is not just a settheoretical class
constant like 'sum', but instead a symbol with arguments and a bound
variable, analogous to indexed union dfiun. In particular, its
soundness verification, while still simple, is not as "trivial" as with
new class constants. There is nothing wrong with this in principle,
but it is contrary to my simplicity goal of introducing only new class
constants for new definitions, thus keeping the number of "primitive"
syntactical structures to a bare minimum. But in this case I think
practicality will win out. The proofs should be more elegant with
'sumNEW' (later to be changed to 'sum' if I decide to keep it),
and I also think it is more readable.
Of course, soundness justification will not be an issue with the
eventual Ghilbert version.
To further elaborate on my simplicity preference (for which dffsumNEW
will be an exception), below I reproduce my response to an email Josh
Purinton wrote me (on Oct. 18) regarding the notation for fzvalt.
> Consider using square brackets for 'compatibility' with the
> distinction between a closed and open interval.
My response:
I understand what you are getting at, but there is a slight problem.
dffz is just the class symbol "..." which is used as an operation,
and the parentheses are just the normal parentheses that surround an
operation value. Thus "( 1 ... 3 )" means "( ... ` <. 1 , 3 > )".
I could define a new syntactical structure or pattern "[ A ... B ]" but
then I couldn't use all the equality, hb*, etc. theorems we have for
operation values. After basic set theory development, which is more or
less finished, I've been trying to introduce only new class constant symbols
(with exceptions for a few very common things like the unary minus "u";
actually that is the only exception so far). In addition to allowing us
to reuse generalpurpose theorems, the soundness justification is
trivial for a new constant class symbol, which is what I like most about
that approach.
Also, "( m ... n )" is really more of a discrete, unordered list
than an a continuous closed interval.
I will probably never be completely happy with "..." in particular
because it is nonstandard and unfamiliar, but on the other hand it has
turned out to be very useful for theorems involving finite sums. But I
didn't consider it so important that it justifies its own new
syntactical pattern. It is so rare in the literature (if it ever
occurs) that I was pleased to stumble across Gleason's partial version
of the notion.
For the four real intervals (x,y), (x,y], [x,y), [x,y] I haven't decided
what to do yet. It would be preferable to have them be just operation
in the form of new class constant operation symbols, but I haven't
thought of any good notation to accomodate them in this form. We could
have e.g. "(.,.]" or "(]" so we'd have "( A (.,.] B )" or "( (.,.] ` <.
A , B >. )" or "( A (] B )" etc. but these are oddlooking. What I will
end up doing is very open at this point. Maybe it's time to start using
words like "closed", "rclosed", "lclosed", "open", etc. in some way?
Right now we have only the two workhorses "( F ` A )" and "( A F B )"
for general function/operation values. Analogously we have "A e. R" and
"A R B" for predicates/binary relations. They are the only general
patterns the reader has to be familiar for virtually all new
definitions. In theory these are all that we need, although certain
notations become very awkward (e.g. extending them to more arguments via
ordered pairs, and the real intervals you have brought up).
Note that right now, we are using the "workhorse" ( A F B ) for
virtually all of the new definitions of sums, sequences, shifts,
sequential integer sets, etc. I like it because there is only one
underlying notation, i.e. operation value, that you have to be aware of.
But I think the present dffsum stretches the limit of what is
practical and "userfriendly".

(24Oct05) Today we introduce the superior limit limsup, which will
be one of our principal uses of the extended reals.
(22Oct05) It appears I mispoke yesterday when I said "The new syntax
allows LALR parsing," and I changed it to "The new syntax moves us
closer to LALR parsability." From Peter Backes:
It makes it more LALR than before, but not completely. ;)
What remains is
1) set = set (trivial, since redundant) [i.e. weq vs. wceq]
2) set e. set (trivial, since redundant) [i.e. wel vs. wcel]
3) [ set / set ] (trivial, since redundant) [i.e. wsb vs. wsbc]
4) { <. set , set >.  wff } (we already discussed it and agreed it
was not easy to solve) [i.e. copab]
5) { <. <. set , set >. , set >.  wff } (ditto) [i.e. copab2]
These are all easy to fix by brute force (eliminating weq, wel, and wsb,
and changing "{", "}" to "{.", "}." in copab and copab2) but I don't
want to be too hasty and am looking into whether there are "nicer" ways
to do this first.
(21Oct05) A big change (involving about 121 theorems) was put into the
database today: the indexed union (ciun, dfiun) and indexed
intersection symbols (ciin, dfiin) are now underlined to distinguish
them from ordinary union (cuni, dfuni) and intersection (cint, dfint).
Although the old syntax was unambiguous, it did not allow for LALR
parsing of the syntax constructions in set.mm, and the proof that it was
unambiguous was tricky. The new syntax moves us closer to LALR
parsability. Hopefully it improves readability somewhat as well by
using a distinguished symbol. Thanks to Peter Backes for suggesting
this change.
Originally I considered "..." under the symbol to vaguely suggest
"something goes here," i.e. the index range in the 2dimensional
notation, but in the end I picked the underline for its simplicity (and
Peter prefered it over the dots). Of course I am open to suggestion and
can still change it. In the distant future, there may be
2dimensional typesetting to display Metamath notation (probably
programmed by someone other than me), but for now it is an interesting
challenge to figure out the "most readable" 1dimensional representation
of textbook notation, where linear symbol strings map 11 to the ASCII
database tokens.
iuniin is the same as before but has an expanded comment, and also
illustrates the new notation.
(18Oct05) Today we show a shorter proof of the venerable theorem id.
Compare the previous version at http://de2.metamath.org/mpegif/id.html .
fzvalt is the same as before but has an expanded comment.
(15Oct05) Definition dfle was changed to include the extended reals,
and dfle > xrlenltt > lenltt connects the new version to the existing
theorems about 'less than or equal to' on standard reals.
(14Oct05) The set of extended reals RR*, which includes +oo and oo,
was added, with new definitions dfxr, dfpinf, dfminf, and dfltxr.
The old < symbol was changed to <_RR, the new dfltxr symbol was called
<, and the ordering axioms were reproved with the new < symbol (and they
remain the same, since in RR, < and <_RR are the same by ltxrlt. This
allows us to use all remaining theorems about RR in the database
unchanged, since they are all restricted to elements of RR. The
theorems proved today are the minimum necessary to retrofit the database
in this way. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to add in
the extended reals.
Unlike textbooks, that just say +oo and oo are "new" distinguished
elements without saying what they are, we must state concretely what
they are in order to use them. So I picked CC for +oo and { CC }
for oo. Many other choices are possible too. The important thing
is not what elements are chosen for them, but how the new < ordering
is defined.
Unlike some analysis books, Gleason finds it unnecessary to extend the
arithmetic operations (only the ordering) for +oo and oo, so I will be
avoiding that too unless a clear advantage becomes apparent. E.g. some
books define +oo + A = +oo, A / +oo = 0, etc. but for us that is now
undefined.
(6Oct05) modalb is analogous to the Brouwer modal logic axiom if we
map "forall x" to box ("necessarily") and "exists x" to diamond
("possibly"). See http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/logicmodal/ and
also http://www.cc.utah.edu/~nahaj/logic/structures/systems/s5.html
In fact, our axioms ax4, ax5, and ax6 (plus ax1/2/3, modus ponens,
and generalization) are *exactly* equivalent to modal logic S5 under
this mapping! This was not intended when I first came up with the
axioms. Our axioms have a different form because I arrived at them
independently when I didn't know what modal logic was, but they (or
Scott Fenton's ax46/ax5) are provably equivalent to S5 and can be used
(under the mapping) as alternate axioms for S5. Conversely, all the
theorems of S5 will automatically map to theorems of our "pure"
predicate calculus.
Axiom ax7 has no modal logic analog, since it has two variables.
However, if we restrict x and y to be distinct, it might be possible to
make an analogy between it and the Barcan Formula BF (see the
plato.stanford.edu page), particularly because the BF converse is also
true (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/actualism/ltrueCBF.html) as it
also is for ax7.
(4Oct05) ser1f0  The difficulty of proving this "obvious" fact was
surprising.
(30Sep05) dfisum is a new definition for the value of an infinite sum
that will eventually replace dfsumOLD. Its advantage is that the sum
can start at any index N instead of the fixed index 1. isumvalt is the
first use of the new definition.
The notation of dfisum perhaps isn't as nice as dfsumOLD, but I don't
know how else to do it since we are using a linear notation with no
subscripts. (The infinity superscript is not a separate symbol but part
of the fixed infinite summation symbol, represented as "sumoo" in the
database.)
(27Sep05) The obsolete definitions dfseq0OLD and dfclimOLDOLD, along
with all theorems dependent on them, have finally been purged from the
set.mm database, lightening it a bit.
dfseq0 is nice. Perhaps I'll interchange dfseq0 and dfseq0 some day.
(19Sep05) Scott Fenton found a shorter proof of ax46.
(18Sep05) It is becoming apparent that the recently introduced new
version of dfclim (now called dfclimOLDOLD), although very useful
because of its arbitrary starting point, has some limitations: since
there is no builtin requirement that the limit be a complex number or
that the sequence have complex values, additional conditions would have
to be stated for proving convergence that will make a lot of theorems
awkward. Therefore I changed the definition to today's dfclim, called
the old ~~> as ~~>OLDOLD, and we will reprove most or all of the old
theorems then delete them. The new definition dfclim is more complex
but it should be worth it in the end.
(There is still dfclimOLD, which is severely limited to sequences
starting at 1, that must eventually be replaced with dfclim. This will
be a longerterm project, since dfclim is directly or indirectly
affects around 500 theorems. dfclimOLDOLD, with its shortlived
existence, only affects around 20 theorems.)
(14Sep05) elfz4b shows the converse of elfz4t also holds  a nice
surprise. Maybe I'll use it instead of elfz4t.
(11Sep05) Today we introduce an new definition, dfuz. The idiom "set
of all integers greater than M" keeps recurring, so I decided to add a
notation for it to shorten proofs, even though it is nonstandard. "ZZ
subscript >=" is a function that maps an integer to the set of all
integers greater than or equal to it. I think I chose a good notation
for it that should be easy to remember; if you don't think so let me
know.
(8Sep05) fsumserz is an important theorem that expresses a finite sum
as a partial sum of a sequence builder. In fact, it shows that the
finite sum notation is redundant, although we'll keep it because it
slightly more compact and seems like a more natural notation.
(7Sep05) A small change was made to dffz to restrict its domain to
ZZ X ZZ, requiring a new version of fzvalt. All other theorems remain
compatible, but the change allows us to state the useful elfz7t, where
(provided N is a set) we can deduce that M and N are in ZZ simply from
the fact that ( M ... N ) has a member. This will allow us to simplify
proofs by not requiring M e. ZZ and N e. ZZ as additional hypotheses.
(The fact that N must be a set is an artifact of our operation value
definition. I'm currently pondering changing the operation value
definition so that N would not be required to be a set in elfz7t, but
that would be a huge change throughout the db  perhaps in the long term
future.)
seq0seqz and seq1seqz are yesterday's promised special cases of "seq".
(6Sep05) The old symbol "seq" for a 1based infinite sequence builder
has been changed to "seq1" (dfseq1) for consistency with the 0based
version "seq0". The symbol "seq" (dfseqz) has been (re)defined to be
an infinite sequence builder with an arbitrary starting index, and we
will show, today or tomorrow, that "seq0" and "seq1" are special cases
of it.
(26Aug05) I didn't like the notation for finite sums so I decided to
do it all over again. Everything in the last few days has been renamed
to *OLD. These will be reproved with the new notation and the *OLDs
deleted. (Also, I extended the definition so the value is zero if the
lower limit is greater than the upper limit, like some books do.)
So, instead of the (to me) awkward "F Sigma " for
 N
\ F_i
/
 i = M
we now can state this as "Sigma`<,F>", which seems more natural.
By dfopr this is equivalent to " Sigma F", which results in
shorter proofs, so that's what I'll use for most proofs. But that's
just a technicality that has nothing to do with the definition; anyone
can trivially reprove them with the "Sigma`<,F>" notation if they
want.
(20Aug05) Many new or revised definitions today:
dfshft replaces dfshftOLD and dfshftOLDOLD  I extended it to all
complex numbers, not just integers, for more flexible longterm use.
dfclim replaces dfclimOLD  Convergence is now independent of the
domain (NN, NN0, ZZ) of the underlying sequence  much nicer!
In fact the input function can be garbage at the beginning, as
long as there exists an integer somewhere beyond which it behaves.
dfseq0 replaces dfseq0OLD and dfseq0OLDOLD in order to use the new
dfshft
dffsum is the definition of a finite series summation. I have mixed
feelings about the notation (see fsumvalt comment), and comments are
welcome.
dfplf is the addition of two functions. I made it so it can apply to
complex functions in general, not just sequences. For sequences,
we'll restrict the function sum to NN, etc. to strip out meaningless
values.
dfmuf multiplies a constant times a function, again for complex functions
in general.
Slowly the obsolete *OLD versions will be replaced and eventually
deleted. Yesterday's shftcan1t, etc. are already obsolete!
The lesson learned from the multiple versions of dfshft was that it
seems more useful to keep the definitions simple and as general as
possible. Individual theorems can impose the necessary restrictions as
needed, rather than having the restrictions "hardcoded" into the
definition. For example, dfclim is now dramatically more useful by
not restricting the domain of the underlying sequence to NN.

I am thinking about a general 'seq' recursive sequence generator with an
arbitrary starting point. The present 'seq' would be renamed to 'seq1'.
What would be nice would be:
( + seq0 F ) = ( + ( seq ` 0 ) F )
( + seq1 F ) = ( + ( seq ` 1 ) F ) etc.
Unfortunately seq0 and seq1 are proper classes and can't be produced as
function values, but restricting them to be sets would limit their
usefulness. On the other hand, defining seq so that
( + seq0 F ) = ( < + , 0 > seq F )
or
( + seq0 F ) = ( + seq < F , 0 > )
or
( + seq0 F ) = ( < + , F > seq 0 )
etc. can be made to work without a restriction but none of the 12
possibilites seem natural to me. What do you think?
(17Aug05) cvgratlem1,2,3 will replace the longer old versions (renamed
*OLD) in a reproof of cvgrat that I have planned.
(5Aug05) The old definitions of the shift and seq0 operations have
been SCRAPPED. They have been renamed dfshftOLD and dfseq0OLD (to be
deleted eventually), and replaced by new ones dfshft and dfseq0. All
of the old theorems are obsolete and have been renamed *OLD. The old
symbols have been changed to prevent accidental reuse.
The new definitions will provide simpler and more general theorems. For
example, seq01 and seq0p1 are now the exact analogs of seq1 and seqp1 
compare seq01OLD and seq0p1OLD, which required an annoying functionality
hypothesis.
(31Jul05) Per a suggestion from Scott Fenton, I renamed the following
theorems:
Old New
syl34d imim12d
syl4d imim2d
syl3d imim1d
syl34 imim112i
syl4 imim2i
syl3 imim1i
syl2 imim2
syl1 imim1
(27Jul05) I was finally able to find a shorter proof of uzind.
Veteran visitors to this site will recall the 3/4 megabyte proof
described on 18Jun04 in mmnotes2004.txt, then called zind, and
currently renamed to uzindOLD.
(11Jul05) Back to the drawing board... I decided to change binary
coefficient dfbc so that it is now defined (as 0) outside of its
"standard" domain of 0 <_ k <_ n, as is often done in the literature.
With the old definition, I can now see that many proofs using it would
have been very awkward. Accordingly, several proofs were changed to
accomodate the new definition (not shown on the 'most recent' page  I
usually do not redate modified proofs) and today's new ones were added.
(6Jul05) peano2re, although it is trivial and seems silly, shortens a
dozen proofs and reduces the net size of the set.mm database file.
(5Jul05) peano5nn is a simplification of the previous version. dfn
was also simplified.
(28Jun05) pm4.83 finally completes the entire collection of the 193
propositional calculus theorems in Principia Mathematica. This had been
done before for the Metamath Solitaire applet in
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mmsolitaire/pmproofs.txt  but the set.mm
proofs are hierarchically structured to be short, indeed as short as I
(or Roy Longton for some of them) could find.
An ordered index of these can be found on the xref file
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/mmbiblio.html in the
[WhiteheadRussell] entries.
(26Jun05) Yesterday's reuunixfr probably ranks among the most cryptic
in the database. :) Today's reuunineg shows an application of it that
is much easier to understand, with most of the confusing hypotheses of
reuunixfr eliminated.
(21Jun05) rabxfr lets us conclude things like the following:
(z e. RR > (z e. {x e. RR  x < 1} <> z e. {y e. RR  y < 1})).
The first two hypothesis just specify that y mustn't be free in B and C
(a less strict requirement than distinct variable groups y,B and y,C).
pm4.42 is Roy Longton's first Metamath proof.
(20Jun05) shftnnfn and shftnnval show the example of NN shifted to NN0
described in dfshft. Hopefully these two theorems make it clear, in
a simple and intuitive way, what the 'shift' operation does.
(19Jun05) dfshft is a new definition; see its comment for an
explanation of the sequence shift operation. In general I dislike
introducing a madeup explicit notation for a concept that exists in the
literature only implicitly in informal proofs, and I try to avoid it
when possible, because the notation will be completely unfamiliar even
to mathematicians. But in the case of dfshft, after careful
consideration I felt the benefits will outweigh this disadvantage. Once
the initial complexity is overcome with some basic lemmas, it is a
relatively simple concept to understand intuitively.
(18Jun05) We will start using j,k,m,n for integer set variables and
J,K,M,N for integer class variables. I hope this will improve
readability a little. Over time I will retrofit old theorems. This
will be a major change involving hundreds of theorems, so if you have
comments on this let me know.
In the retrofitted proof of bcvalt, you can see the effect of this
change.
(17Jun05) imret provides us with a simpler way to define the imaginary
part, compared to dfim. I may do that eventually.
(11Jun05) I finally caved in and revised dfexp so that 0^0=1 (as
can be seen with expnn00) instead of being undefined. I have decided
that otherwise, some future things I have in mind are just going to be
too awkward.
Raph Levien came up with the original dfexp, where 0^0=1. But he's a
computer scientist. From a more purist perspective, I felt it was an
"inelegant patch," as it has been called, and I changed his definition
to exclude it. For the past year we've trodded along merrily without
it. But I'm starting to see that 0^0=1 will lead to simpler proofs and
statements of theorems in many cases. So now we have 0^0=1 again.
Gleason's book defines 0^0=1 and uses it extensive, e.g. in the
definition of the exponential function (where we avoided it by breaking
out the 0th term outside of the infinite sum).
For a further discussion of this see:
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/scimathfaq/specialnumbers/0to0/
Another reason I wanted to avoid defining 0^0 is that years ago on
Usenet, and probably still, there were endless arguments about it. I
wanted to distance Metamath from that. :)
(10Jun05) The choose function dfbc was added. The literature
uses math italic capital C  but that conflicts with our purple C for
classes (when printed on a blackandwhite printer). So I decided to
use a Roman C.
bcvalt is somewhat awkward to prove because of its "Pascal triangle"
restricted domain instead of the full NN0 X. NN0. Thus we have to use
oprabvali instead of the more efficient oprabval2.
(4Jun05) As far as I know, inf5 has never been published. I think it
is neat.
pm2.13 seems like a rather silly variant of excluded middle (exmid).
What can I say  I'm just implementing what's in the book.
(2Jun05) efclt makes use of (in efcltlem1) the very important and
useful ratio test for convergence, cvgrat of 28May05, to show (in
efcltlem3) the convergence of the exponential function. This in turn
lets us show that the value of the exponential function is a complex
number. This will open a lot of doors with what we can do with the
exponential function. Note that all of the confusing (or at least
unconventional) limit, seq, and infinite sum stuff have disappeared,
having served their purpose, and we're back into familiar territory.
Interestingly, the bounds we found earlier for Euler's constant e, in
ege2le3, didn't require all this work. That is because e is a special
case of the exponential function that is much easier to work with.
(27May05) sercj tells us the the complex conjugate of each term in an
infinite series is the sum of the complex conjugates of the underlying
sequence. We prove it by induction. Recall that (+ seq F)`A means
 A
\ F_i
/
 i = 1
Theorem minusex just says that the negative of any class whatsoever
(even a proper class) is a set. While this is not very meaningful when
the argument is not a complex number, it saves the effort of proving
that the argument is a complex number, making it trivial, for example,
to eliminate the hypothesis "A e. V" of yesterday's cvgcmp3cet.
(26May05) cvgcmp3cet is a pretty massive application of the Weak
Deduction Theorem http://us.metamath.org/mpegif/mmdeduction.html that
converts 8 hypotheses into antecedents. A number of tricks were
employed to make the proof sizes manageable. I didn't bother with the
final hypothesis, "A e. V", because it's trivial to eliminate with
vtoclg if needed (you don't need the Weak Deduction Theorem for that)
and in most cases A will exist anyway.
(25May05) The theorems expgt1t and oewordri have little to do with
each other. There is an isomorphism between finite ordinal
exponentiation and exponentiation of the natural number subset of reals,
that could be exploited in principle, but they are independently
developed in our database. A common root for both can be traced back to
ordinal multiplication (which is a starting point for the construction
of the reals), but from that point they diverge. And when ordinals get
into the transfinite, the behavior of exponentiation becomes bizarrely
different, as we will see when (hopefully) I eventually get to it.
(24May05) Two of the hypotheses of cvgcmp3ce, cvgcmp3ce.4 and
cvgcmp3ce.7, are theoretically unnecessary. However, eliminating them
is tedious (it involves dinkering around in the hidden regions of F and
G prior to index B; these regions were purposely left undefined to make
the theorem more general) and for most practical purposes unnecessary,
so I decided to leave the theorem "less than perfect," so to speak, at
least for now.
We could also, with only a few more steps (by changing y to a dummy
variable z and using cbvexv and mpbi at the end) eliminate the
requirement that x and y be distinct variables. I may do this if it
ever becomes useful to do so. In that case, the distinct variable group
"x,y,G" would split into "x,G" and "y,G".
The new rcla4 series swaps the antecedents. I think this makes their
use more natural in a lot of cases. However, I'm wondering if this was
a mistake: rcla4v was used in around 90 theorems, and it took several
hours just to convert a couple dozen of the easiest ones. In maybe 75%
of those cases the proof size was reduced, but in others it was
increased, and the hoped for net "payback" in terms of reduced database
size hardly seems worth it, if there will be a net reduction at all.
The old rcla4* versions were renamed with an "OLD" suffix, and I'll be
eliminating them over time (on dreary days when I'm feeling otherwise
uninspired).
By the way here is an informal breakdown of the cryptic name "rcla42v":
'r'  uses restricted quantification (vs. "cla4*")
'cl'  deals with substitution with a class variable
'a4'  an analog to the specialization axiom ax4 (and Axiom 4 in
many systems of predicate calculus, which is stdpc4 in our
database)
'2'  deals with two quantifiers
'v'  distinct variables eliminate the hypothesis that occurs in rcla4
(21May05) eqtr2t and eqtr3t were added because they shortened 16
proofs, with the net effect of reducing the total database size.
(20May05) odi is essentially the same proof as the 2/3 smaller nndi
for natural numbers, except that it uses transfinite induction instead
of finite induction. So we have to prove not only the 0 and successor
cases but also the limit ordinal case. But the limit ordinal case was a
monstrosity to prove, taking up 2/3 of the proof from steps 59 through
257. Eventually I'll shorten nndi as a special case of odi.
(16May05) drex2 is part of a cleanup of some old lemmas. The notable
feature of this theorem and others like it is that x, y, and z don't
have to be distinct from each other for the theorem to hold (normally, z
can't occur in the antecedent, as in for example biexdv). The
"Distinctor Reduction Theorem" provides a way to trim off unnecessary
antecedents of the form (not)(forall x)(x=y), called "distinctors," in a
system of predicate calculus with no distinct variable restrictions at
all (which makes automated proof verification trivial, like for
propositional calculus). (That system is the same as ours minus ax16
and ax17. The paper shows that it is complete except for antecedents
of the form (not)(forall x)(x=y). To translate its theorems to standard
predicate calculus, these antecedents are discarded and replaced with
restrictions of the form "x and y must be distinct variables.")
We can also translate distinctors to distinct variable pairs in the
logic itself (after ax16 and ax17 are added) by detaching them with
dtru.
The reverse can be done (distinct variable pairs to distinctors) by
using dvelim. This comes in handy when a distinct variable restriction
is unnecessary, e.g. x and y in ralcom2; we convert the distinct variable
pair to a distinctor with dvelim then eliminate the distinctor with the
algorithm of the Distinctor Reduction Theorem.
(13May05) Thank goodness caucvg is out of the way... The lemmas just
seemed to grow bigger and bigger as I scrambled to complete it and is
quite a mess towards the end. When the proof author said "this
direction is much harder" he/she is not joking. There is often much
hidden detail you end up discovering, that isn't apparent at first, when
you try to formalize a proof. (For example, the very first stumbling
block was how to formalize "the set of numbers less than all values of F
except for finitely many". Certainly "finitely" isn't to be taken
literally, i.e. strictly less equinumerous than omega, unless we want an
incredibly complex proof.)
It looks like I should eventually introduce an abbreviation for Cauchy
sequences, like I do for Hilbert space. Then these proofs can be redone
with a somewhat simplified notation. (That's easy to do, once you have
the proof.)
(12May05) For the caucvg proof, I am formalizing the proof found at
http://pirate.shu.edu/projects/reals/numseq/proofs/cauconv.html . I
couldn't find this proof in a textbook (most of those proofs use "lim
sup" instead). If someone has a textbook reference for this particular
proof, it will be appreciated.
cruOLD has been phased out.
(11May05) cru generalizes the old version (now called cruOLD until it
is phased out) to include the converse.
(10May05) relimasn is a version of imasng that doesn't require that A
be a set (in the case where R is a relation, which is most of the time).
When A is not a set, the theorem isn't really meaningful  both sides of
the equality become the empty set  but relimasn allows us to prove more
general theorems overall.
(9May05) This morning a correspondent wrote me:
> Do you know of a rigorous formulation of Wang's single axiom schema for
> first order identity theory? I saw one in Copi's 'Symbolic Logic [Fourth
> Edition]' page 280, but I don't quite follow his notation nor do I see how
> to precisely state the stipulations for the variables in a "phi and psi"
> style axiom schema. And I didn't see it in your proof explorer as a theorem.
I added sb10f and answered:
I have the 5th edition, and I think you mean P6 of system RS_1 on p.
328. (The 5th ed. added a chapter on set theory, which moved all the
later pages up, probably by 48 pages or so. Copi was noted for killing
the usedbook market by releasing new editions every few years.)
In the way it is stated, this axiom apparently has 2 errors. First,
there are no restrictions (that I could find) stated for Fx and Fy. Let
us suppose Fz is x=z. Then Fx is x=x and Fy is x=y. Putting these into
P6, we get:
A. y (Fy <> E. x (x=y /\ Fx))
A. y (x=y <> E. x (x=y /\ x=x))
A. y (x=y <> E. x (x=y))
A. y (x=y <> true)
A. y (x=y)
The last line is false in a universe with 2 or more elements, so the
system is inconsistent.
The correction is to add a proviso that x must not occur free in Fy.
The second mistake is that there is no requirement (that I could find)
that x and y must be be distinct variables. But if they are not
distinct, an inconsistent system results.
With these corrections, the proofs of the usual axioms on p. 329 still
go through.
The "A. y" prefix is redundant in P6, since it can be added by R2
(generalization). In a logic that allows an empty universe, the A. y
would be needed, but on p. 319 it is stated that RS_1 is intended to be
true in a nonempty universe (and the rest of the axioms won't work in an
empty universe). So, it seems like R6 is an afterthought tacked onto
the system. Even the notation Fx and Fy is different from the Q that
represents the substitution instance of P in earlier axioms e.g. P5
p. 294.
I added what I thought was a close approximation to P6 (without the
redundant quantifier) here:
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/sb10f.html
The hypothesis specifies that x must not occur free in phi, and x and y
must be distinct, as must necessarily be the case.
Three other variants that are similar to P6 are:
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/sb5.html
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/sb5rf.html
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/equsex.html ,
the last one implicitly substituting y for x in phi to result in psi.
By the way, even though we can express a logical equivalent to P6 in
Metamath, this does not mean that it becomes the sole axiom replacing
the other equality/substitution axioms. (It is possible that one or
more of the others could become redundant, but I haven't thought about
it too much.) The reason is that in RS_1, substitution is done at the
metalogical level, outside of the primitive system. In Metamath, we do
this "metalogic" at the primitive level of the system itself, and we use
additional axioms involving equality to accomplish this. In many ways
substitution and equality are closely related, and the standard
formalization "hides" this by moving substitution outside of the axioms.
You might want to reread these that explain this in more detail:
http://us.metamath.org/mpegif/mmset.html#axiomnote
http://us.metamath.org/mpegif/mmset.html#traditional
(8May05) While Euclid's classic proof that there are infinitely many
primes is easy to understand intuitively, I found the proof used by
infpnlem1 and infpnlem2 simpler to formalize. (Specifically, this proof
avoids the product of a hypothetical finite set of all primes, which I
found cumbersome to formalize.)
Here is the proof:
For any number n, the smallest divisor (greater than 1) of n!+1 is a
prime greater than n. Hence there is no largest prime.
Or, in explicit detail:
Suppose there are a finite number of primes. Let p be the largest. Let
q be the smallest divisor (greater than 1) of p!+1. (The set of
divisors of p!+1 is nonempty, since p!+1 is one of them, so by the
wellordering principle there is a smallest, which we will call q.) Then
none of 2,3,4,...,p divides q since otherwise it would also divide
p!+1, which is impossible. (2,3,4,...,p all divide p!, so none divides
p!+1.) And none of p+1,...,q1 divides q since otherwise it would also
divide p!+1, and then q would not be the smallest divisor of p!+1.
Therefore q is prime, and q > p, so p is not the largest prime.
(6May05) funcnvres2 is a tonguetwister, or perhaps a braintwister...
I reproved cvgcmp as a special case of cvgcmp2. However, I have
(temporarily?) left in the original proof and called it cvgcmpALT, as I
think it might be instructive. Comparing cvgcmpALT to
cvgcmp2lem+cvgcmp2, i.e. 33 vs. 68+17=85 steps, you can see how much
extra work was needed just to ignore up to the Bth term in cvgcmp2.
(5May05) cvgcmp2c is useful because it allows the test function
to be much larger (via a large C) than the reference function, yet
still converge.
(4May05) divclt, divrect, redivclt are slight modifications of their
older versions, which have been renamed divcltOLD, divrectOLD,
redivcltOLD and which will disappear when they are phased out over time
(3May05) prodgt0t also works for A=0, not just A strictly greater than
0. This makes the theorem more general  something I like to do when I
can  but requires more work. In prodgt0 (from which prodgt0t is
derived with dedth2h) you can see the separate derivation that we need
for the A=0 case.
(2May05) reccl* and rereccl* shorten many proofs (by replacing explicit
division closure that was used before)  e.g. I shortened 18 proofs
with rereccl. So even though these are trivial they were worth adding.
(1May05) cvgcmp2 will be used to build a generalpurpose comparison
test for complex number sequences. cvgcmp2 tests for convergence of a
nonnegative real infinite series (+ seq G) (which normally will be a
series of absolute values), which is compared to a known convergent
series (+ seq F). This version of cvgcmp allows us to ignore the
initial segment up to the Bth term; this was a tricky thing to do. To
achieve this I compare G to an auxilliary sequence H (see cvgcmp2lem)
instead of F; H adds the supremum of the initial segment of G to F, so
it is guaranteed to be bigger than G everywhere including the initial
segment.
Originally I planned to use climshift of 24Apr and sertrunc of 27Apr
to achieve this (the ignoring up to the Bth term); now it looks like
they are no longer needed. Too bad; they were a lot of work. Perhaps
I'll leave them in in case a use for them shows up in the future.
In cvgcmp2 we show the actual value it converges to (i.e. the sup)
rather than just existence. This will allow us to use hypotheses
instead of antecedents, which will make some proofs smaller. For our
final theorem we will eliminate the hypotheses with the Weak Deduction
Theorem dedth then produce a simplertostate existence version.
(24Apr05) 2eu8 is a neat little discovery that I doubt has ever been
published. It is fun seeing what you can do with the E! quantifier.
Hardly anything about it exists in the literature, and apparently double
E! has never even been published correctly; see 2eu5. Exercise: Can
you change E!x E!y to E!y E!x in either side of 2eu8 by using 2eu7 as
suggested? (Hint: use ancom.) Note that E!x E!y doesn't commute
generally, unlike Ex Ey; probably not too many people know that.
Another interesting thing about 2eu7 and 2eu8: x and y don't have to be
distinct variables.
(23Apr05) climshift shows that we can ignore the initial segment of a
sequence when computing the limit. This is intuitively obvious (since
it's only what happens towards infinity that counts) but is a little
tedious to prove.
(22Apr05) It is curious that max1 doesn't require B to be a real
number.
(21Apr05) In steps 119 of climre, you may wonder why we have extra
steps using vtoclga to switch from variable x to variable w, when in
fact variable x could have been used throughout up to step 19. The
answer is that by using w's, we can reuse step 14 at step 43, without
having to repeat its work. This is a little trick that shortens the
compressed proof and the web page. (The uncompressed proof, on the
other hand, is lengthened because it does not reuse previous steps, but
normally set.mm is stored with compressed proofs.)
(20Apr05) For serabsdif, note that (+ seq F)`n  (+ seq F)`m is the
sum from m+1 to n of the terms of F, i.e.
F`(m+1) + F`(m+2) + ... + F`n. So even though our notation for series
(+ seq F) is limited for notational simplicity to start at the fixed
lower index of 1, we can represent a more general lower limit using
this method. (A more general notation for series may be introduced in
the future.)
(19Apr05) We're going to be using (+ seq F) a lot, so here's a
refresher, since this notation is not standard. We are using a special
case of our generalpurpose "seq" operation, and there seems to be no
standard notation for (+ seq F) in the literature other than the
informal "a_1 + a_2 + ... + a_n" which is not suitable for formal math.
(Gleason uses "F" in front of an infinite sum to indicate the partial
sum function underlying the infinite sum, but it is not standard.) If
you are following these theorems it might be useful to keep the
following note in mind. It is straightforward if you understand the
correspondence to the conventional notation.
(+ seq F) is the sequence of partial summations in an infinite
series. E.g. for a sequence of squares:
argument sequence partial sum of series
n F`n (+ seq F)`n
1 1 1
2 4 5
3 9 14
4 16 30
...
Of course this series diverges, so the infinite sum doesn't exist, but
all partial summations exist as shown above. Today's theorem serft
expresses a very obvious fact: if F is a function from the positive
integers to the complex numbers, then so is (+ seq F).
Another example:
n F`n (+ seq F)`n
1 0.5 0.5
2 0.25 0.75
3 0.125 0.875
4 0.0625 0.9375
...
This series converges to 1, so the infinite sum sigma1oo`F exists and
equals 1 (see theorem geosum1). By "converges" we mean the limit as
n>oo of (+ seq F) is 1; we express this as (+ seq F) ~~> 1 (see theorem
geolim).
(17Apr05) ege2le3 proves with absolute rigor that scientific
calculators display the value of e correctly to at least 1 decimal
place. :) This is a nice "sanity check" of all the abstract stuff that
finally collapses to this result.
(13Apr05) It surprised me that it took so much work to prove that
e is a real number.
(5Apr05) equid2 shows how you'd prove x=x in a traditional system of
predicate calculus which has a9e as an axiom. This proof is almost
identical to Tarski's. Still, I think the nodummyvariable equid
proof is neat and unexpected.
(1Apr05) The Usenet announcement of Poisson d'Avril's theorem is here:
http://groupsbeta.google.com/group/sci.logic/browse_frm/thread/7aa9265da2819705/ee8862dd6adb3fad#ee8862dd6adb3fad
(26Mar05) geosum1, which you may be familiar with from highschool
algebra, is the culmination of our initial development of infinite
series. As you can see, it is much harder than the highschool version
if you want to prove it with absolute rigor!
geosum0 shows the sum from 0 to infinity instead of 1 to infinity. It
provides a good illustration of why I chose to have our "fixed limit"
infinite series operator start at 1 instead of 0, so that we just add
the 0 case outside of the summation when we need a lower limit of 0. If
we started at 0, we would have to worry about the meaning of 0^0 in this
case. A long time ago, when I introduced the ~~> symbol (mainly for use
with Hilbert space), I initially defined it for functions starting at 0
instead of 1. But I ran into so many special cases (divideby0 and so
on) that eventually I redefined it to start at 1. This greatly
simplified many proofs. Who knows, this may be the real reason that
analysts start with 1 for the natural numbers (unlike set theorists, who
start at 0). In fact Schechter's _Handbook of Analysis_ doesn't even
have a separate symbol for the set of nonnegative integers; instead he
uses "NN (natural numbers) union {0}" in the one case I could find where
he needed them.
(16Mar05) In sumvalt and sumval2t, the function Sigma_1^oo is one
symbol (object), not three symbols, even though it is shown as three as
a mnemonic device. To make the proofs and notation simpler, the lower
limit is fixed at 1, and even with this constraint it should be useful
in a wide variety of applications. I chose 1 instead of 0 as the lower
limit because the 0th term often involves messy special cases (e.g. to
avoid divideby0), and it's easy enough to add the 0th term outside the
summation when we want. In addition, our limit relation ~~> is defined
for sequences that start at 1, making it compatible. (Later we may
introduce a more general summation with variable upper and lower limits,
but that wouldn't buy us a whole lot now and would just make the
notation complex.) The Sigma_1^oo function has a single argument, which
is an infinite sequence that starts at 1 (i.e. is a function from natural
numbers to complex numbers). The value of Sigma_1^oo is the infinite
sum of all the numbers in the sequence, if that sum exists. I thought
the the conventional summation sign would be neat reminder that this is
what the function does, even though it is used slightly differently from
the textbook summation (e.g. there are no dummy index variables; these
are implicit in the sequence that it takes for an argument).
The Sigma_1^oo object is, on the one hand, just a set like any other
set; more specifically it is a set of ordered pairs that gives us a
function of one variable. But if you think about it, it contains
implicitly an amazingly complex "machine" inside. It can take in any
infinite sequence whatsoever and produce the infinite sum, if the sum
exists. If you peel away the layers of its definition, you'll find
dfrdg, our recursive function generator on ordinals.
(14Mar05) For sersuc, recall the notes of 7Mar05 below. sersuc
tells us the value of the next partial sum in an infinite series.
Yesterday's ser1 tells us the value of the first partial sum i.e.
F ` 1 .
(9Mar05) ltsor arises as part of our complex number construction; it
is needed for the proof of a couple of our complex number axioms. ltso,
on the other hand, is a result derived from the complex number axioms
after those axioms have been proved. I got tired of having to clean up
accidental uses of ltsor in place of ltso (which destroys the
portability of our complex number construction), so I decided to prevent
it once and for all by adding the artificial right conjunct. Clever,
eh?
(7Mar05) This is what the 'seq' operation in sercl is all about:
( + seq F ) ` 1 = F ` 1
( + seq F ) ` 2 = F ` 1 + F ` 2
( + seq F ) ` 3 = F ` 1 + F ` 2 + F ` 3 etc.
In other words we are using the powerful 'seq' recursion operation to
create the terms of an infinite series from an arbitrary infinite
sequence F. We will encountering this device frequently as we get into
infinite series. (With 'times' instead of '+', 'seq' will give us
infinite products.) Earlier we used 'seq' to define exponentiation
dfexp and factorial dffac.
By the way, note that in theorem sercl, the class A is normally
dependent on x. In other words, A should be thought of as A(x). The way
you can tell is that A and x are not both in the same distinct variable
group, yet A is in the scope of x (i.e. inside the braces in the first
hypothesis and in the scope of the quantifier in the second hypothesis).
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE THAT CONFUSES SOME PEOPLE. We also know
that A is _not_ dependent on y because A and y must be distinct. (On
the other hand, the fact that B and x must be distinct is an irrelevant
artifact resulting from a sloppy proof. I may improve the proof at some
point to get rid of that unnecessary restriction, unless it lengthens
the proof too much. Sometimes I leave such artifacts in, especially in
lemmas used once, if it results in a shorter proof as it often does.)
As a background project I'm slowly filling in the remaining
propositional calculus theorems from Principia Mathematica. I figure we
might as well have the complete collection eventually.
(5Mar05) By using brrelexi and the new climrel in the proof of clim,
clim's old "F in V" hypothesis was eliminated. The new version of clim
also allowed us to prove new versions of the other clim* theorems with
this hypothesis eliminated. Overall the database size decreased since
theorems referencing clim* no longer have to prove "F in V".
(4Mar05) oancom requires the Axiom of Infinity for its proof.
Virtually all other results on ordinal arithmetic, remarkably, do not
require the Axiom of Infinity (which starts being used with theorems
inf4 and after; inf4 currently has the colored number 3567).
(1Mar05) alephval3  I finally figured out how to prove this
convoluted, selfreferencing definition that at least two authors prefer.
Even though in some sense it may be "intuitive," it wasn't an easy thing
to prove formally.
(20Feb05) Well, I proved that ax0re is redundant as a complex number
axiom, the first redundancy that anyone has found in 8 years. 0re
replaces the old ax0re, and ax0re was removed from
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/mmcomplex.html . 0cn is a completely
new proof of the old 0cn that doesn't depend on the old ax0re, and it
provides the key to eventually proving 0re. The table row on the
mmcomplex.html page, after the grayedout ax0re axiom label, shows the
connections between the important theorems for the proof.
(18Feb05) dfsb2 was one of the two choices I was considering a long
time ago when I finally chose dfsb somewhat arbitrarily. I decided to
prove dfsb2 as a theorem, well, just to have it proved. Although the
proof isn't long, it's actually somewhat involved all the way back to
axioms. Axiom ax11 seems essential: ax11 > equs2 > equs5 > sb4 >
dfsb2.
By the way it is an open problem whether ax11 is redundant. I
can prove from the others all cases of ax11 where phi is replaced by
any expression without a wff variable e.g. (x=z > .w=y).
ddelimf2 was, I felt, a major step towards helping prove the
redundancy of ax11, but I haven't made any progress since.
(17Feb05) I was somewhat surprised hbequid could be proved without
ax9. (I found the proof while toying with the open problem of item #16
at http://us2.metamath.org:8888/award2003.html . That problem is still
unsolved, though.)
(16Feb05) dfrdg2 (which uses yesterday's eqif) allows us to introduce
a new definition dfrdg of the rec operation. The new dfrdg now fits
on one line if you put your browser in full screen mode! I rewrote the
dfrdg comment slightly. dfrdg is still almost "impossible" to
understand, but I think the use of the "if" operation improves its
understandability a little.
I cleaned up the list of traditional predicate calculus with equality
axioms at http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/mmset.html#traditional and
added stdpc6 to match Mendelson's system exactly.
What is very strange is why stdpc6 is quantified. It is possible this
may make it sound in empty domains to make it compatible with the system
on p. 148, but I couldn't find any indication of this. Does anyone
know? If you have the 3rd or earlier (pre1997) edition of Mendelson's
book, could you check for me that Axiom 6 p. 95 (or the equivalent page)
is quantified?
I renamed sbequ2a from yesterday to become stdpc7 and enhanced its
description.
(15Feb05) eqif shows an example of what elimif is intended for.
stdpc7 is a faithful emulation of the 5th traditional axiom
at http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/mmset.html#traditional and
replaces sbequ2, which wasn't quite right for that purpose.
(13Feb05) 2eu6 is nice in that it, unlike 2eu4, only has one mention
of phi on the righthand side. This can be useful when phi is a long
expression, so we don't have to repeat it twice. It also makes less
urgent the need for a rarelyused and nonstandard new definition for
double existential uniqueness such as E!!xy or something, which is
nonexistent in the literature (which incorrectly uses E!xE!y; see 2eu5).
As you can see 2eu6 was somewhat tedious to prove.
(9Feb05) axaddopr and axmulopr can't be proved directly from the
axioms for complex numbers shown at
http://us.metamath.org/mpegif/mmcomplex.html , so I had to dig back into
their construction. Brings back memories  I haven't looked at it
in years.
The construction was not easy, with very tedious equivalence relations
(look at oprec and ecoprass for example) to jump from one level to the
next  positive integers, positive rationals, positive reals (using
Dedekind cuts), signed reals, and finally complex numbers. Nonetheless
it appeared to be the simplest of several methods I looked at. The
final axioms are cleanly broken out, so a different construction could
be "plugged in" trivially for anyone who prefers a different approach
(and is willing to go through the tedious construction).
axaddopr and axmulopr will be used for some infinite sequence stuff
because it will make some things slightly simpler. However, I decided
not to replace the "official" axioms at
http://us.metamath.org/mpegif/mmcomplex.html with these because I think
the official ones look nicer, and in principle they are sufficient.
(8Feb05) In flval2t, "U{x in ZZ...}" can be read: "The unique
integer x such that..." (provided there is exactly one such x, which in
this case there is).
(4Feb05) The two variations ordsssuc and ordsssuc2 show that either A
or B can be a general Ord class. However, it fails if both of them are
Ord classes. In other words at least one of them must exist as a set,
i.e. a member of On. Of course both may be sets, as shown by the weaker
onsssuc.
ordunisuc2 is one of those neat counterintuitive results  you wonder
what one side of the equivalence could possibly have to do with the
other...
(3Feb05) An error made in some published math books for the layman is
the statement that there are alephone reals (or irrationals). In fact,
there are 2^alephzero reals, which is equal to alephone only when we
assume the Continuum Hypothesis. Without CH we can only state that
there are at least alephone reals (or irrationals), but there could be
more.
To prove aleph1irr we invoke the somewhat exotic infdif.
(31Jan05) I realized that onpwsuc could be generalized to all ordinal
classes, not just ordinal numbers, so the result is ordpwsuc. I also
simplified the proof of onpwsuc so as to derive it trivially from
ordpwsuc. By the way I mentioned onpwsuc on Usenet; search for
"onpwsuc" in groups.google.com.
(20Jan05) alephfp is one of several theorems where we show an explicit
expression, vs. textbooks, which typically show only existence. To me,
an actual example is a lot more satisfying. Two other examples in
set.mm are trcl and cardaleph. The rec function is one of the main
tools that lets us construct explicit expressions.
(19Jan05) oev2 is the simplest expression for the "traditional"
definition I could find, using only the rec function and set theory
primitives (without the "if" function of oev). The lefthand side of
the intersection is the "natural" definition that arises from
transfinite recursion, and the righthand side suppresses 0^(limit
ordinal) to be 0 instead of 1, while keeping 0^0=1.
(12Jan05) Yesterday I suggested proofs from biluk and mpbi as an
exercise. I looked them up in the _Polish Logic_ book and they are not
obvious at all. pm4.2 can be proved in 13 steps, but the others are much
longer. So if you're interested, get the book to avoid a lot of
frustration.
(11Jan05) The proof of biass was reduced to 35 steps (with the help of
or42 and xor).
biluk is an easy consequence of biass. Note that biass, bicom, and
pm4.2 can be derived from biluk and mpbi and nothing else, although we
won't be doing it. (Exercise for the reader...)
or42 is the 'or' version of an42, which "rotates" the rightmost 3
conjuncts. an42 and an42s are used surprisingly often (for such an
apparently obscure operation). Other analogues are add42 and caopr42.
(7Jan05) tfinds3 can shorten certain proofs that used to use tfinds by
8 steps, which is the number of steps in the proof of tfinds3 from
tfinds. By applying it to the 5 theorems in its referencedby list, I
reduced the net size of the set.mm database file (vs. before I added
tfinds3). In some cases I shortened them more: compare (until the
mirror site gets refreshed)
http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/oacl.html (29 steps) vs.
http://us.metamath.org/mpegif/oacl.html (41 steps)
(5Jan05) Again, compare oesuc to omsuc to see the additional
complexity caused by the awkward traditional definition.
oelim (compared to omlim) isn't too bad, though.
(4Jan05) According to oe0m1, zero to the omega power is zero, not
one. This is the requirement that complicates dfoexp.
(1Jan05) oev is our first theorem involving ordinal exponentiation.
It uses the somewhat awkward traditional definition. Compare it to omv
for example; an alternate, but nontraditional, definition for
exponentiation would be exactly as simple. I decided on the current
definition after a discussion here:
http://groupsbeta.google.com/group/sci.logic/browse_frm/thread/fac0ce315e8ea855
However it will be making a number of proofs, such as this one, more
complex.
(See http://us2.metamath.org:8888/mpegif/mmnotes2004.txt for older notes.)
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