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Manuel Eberl

Chair for Logic and Verification

Verified Solving and Asymptotics of Linear Recurrences

by Manuel Eberl

In: Proceedings of the 8th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Certified Programs and Proofs (2019)

DOI:

10.1145/3293880.3294090

Abstract:

Linear recurrences with constant coefficients are an interesting class of recurrence equations that can be solved explicitly. The most famous example are certainly the Fibonacci numbers with the equation f(n) = f(n-1) + f(n - 2) and the quite non-obvious closed form (φn-(-φ)-n)/ √5 where φ is the golden ratio.

In this work, I build on existing tools in Isabelle – such as formal power series and polynomial factorisation algorithms – to develop a theory of these recurrences and derive a fully executable solver for them that can be exported to programming languages like Haskell.

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BibTeX:

@inproceedings{eberl19cpp,
 author = {Eberl, Manuel},
 title = {Verified Solving and Asymptotics of Linear Recurrences},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the 8th {ACM} {SIGPLAN} International Conference on Certified Programs and Proofs},
 series = {CPP 2019},
 year = {2019},
 isbn = {978-1-4503-6222-1},
 location = {Cascais, Portugal},
 pages = {27--37},
 numpages = {11},
 doi = {10.1145/3293880.3294090},
 acmid = {3294090},
 publisher = {ACM},
 address = {New York, NY, USA}
}

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