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Saarland University Computer Science

Trakhtenbrot's Theorem in Coq: A Constructive Approach to Finite Model Theory

Dominik Kirst, Dominique Larchey-Wendling

International Joint Conference on Automated Reasoning (IJCAR 2020), Paris, France, Springer, 2020 (to appear)

We study finite first-order satisfiability (FSAT) in the constructive setting of dependent type theory. Employing synthetic accounts of enumerability and decidability, we give a full classification of FSAT depending on the first-order signature of non-logical symbols. On the one hand, our development focuses on Trakhtenbrot's theorem, stating that FSAT is undecidable as soon as the signature contains an at least binary relation symbol. Our proof proceeds by a many-one reduction chain starting from the Post correspondence problem. On the other hand, we establish the decidability of FSAT for monadic first-order logic, i.e. where the signature only contains at most unary function and relation symbols, as well as the enumerability of FSAT for arbitrary enumerable signatures. All our results are mechanised in the framework of a growing Coq library of synthetic undecidability proofs.

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