[isabelle-dev] cardinality primitives in Isabelle/HOL?

Traytel Dmitriy traytel at inf.ethz.ch
Thu Dec 27 17:45:55 CET 2018

Hi Larry,

the HOL-Cardinals library might be just right for the purpose:

theory Scratch
  imports "HOL-Cardinals.Cardinals"

lemma "|A| ≤o |B| ⟷ (∃f. inj_on f A ∧ f ` A ⊆ B)"
  by (rule card_of_ordLeq[symmetric])

lemma "|A| =o |B| ⟷ (∃f. bij_betw f A B)"
  by (rule card_of_ordIso[symmetric])

  assumes "|A| ≤o |B|" "|B| ≤o |A|"
  shows "|A| =o |B|"
  by (simp only: assms ordIso_iff_ordLeq)


The canonical entry point for the library is the above HOL-Cardinals.Cardinals. Many of the theorems and definitions are already in Main, because the (co)datatype package is based on them. The syntax is hidden in main—one gets it by importing HOL-Library.Cardinal_Notations (which HOL-Cardinals.Cardinals does transitively).

Our ITP'14 paper explains the design of the library:



> On 27 Dec 2018, at 13:31, Lawrence Paulson <lp15 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> I am inclined to introduce these definitions:
> definition lepoll :: "'a set ⇒ 'b set ⇒ bool" (infixl "≲" 50)
>    where "lepoll A B ≡ ∃f. inj_on f A ∧ f ` A ⊆ B"
> definition eqpoll :: "'a set ⇒ 'b set ⇒ bool" (infixl "≈" 50)
>    where "eqpoll A B ≡ ∃f. bij_betw f A B”
> They allow, for example, this:
> theorem Schroeder_Bernstein_eqpoll:
>  assumes "A ≲ B" "B ≲ A" shows "A ≈ B"
>  using assms unfolding eqpoll_def lepoll_def by (metis Schroeder_Bernstein)
> The names and syntax are borrowed from Isabelle/ZF, and they are needed for some HOL Light proofs.
> But do they exist in some form already? And are there any comments on those relation symbols?
> Larry
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