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On the logical complexity of cyclic arithmetic. (English) Zbl 07155168
Summary: We study the logical complexity of proofs in cyclic arithmetic \((\mathsf{CA})\), as introduced by A. Simpson in [Lect. Notes Comput. Sci. 10203, 283–300 (2017; Zbl 06720996)], in terms of quantifier alternations of formulae occurring. Writing \(C\Sigma_n\) for (the logical consequences of) cyclic proofs containing only \(\Sigma_n\) formulae, our main result is that \(I\Sigma_{n+1}\) and \(C\Sigma_n\) prove the same \(\Pi_{n+1}\) theorems, for all \(n\geq 0\). Furthermore, due to the ‘uniformity’ of our method, we also show that \(\mathsf{CA}\) and Peano Arithmetic \(( \mathsf{PA} )\) proofs of the same theorem differ only exponentially in size.
The inclusion \(I\Sigma_{n+1} \subseteq C\Sigma_n\) is obtained by proof theoretic techniques, relying on normal forms and structural manipulations of \(\mathsf{PA}\) proofs. It improves upon the natural result that \(I\Sigma_n\) is contained in \(C\Sigma_n\). The converse inclusion, \(C\Sigma_n \subseteq I\Sigma_{n+1} \), is obtained by calibrating the approach of [Simpson, loc. cit.] with recent results on the reverse mathematics of Büchi’s theorem in [L. Kołodziejczyk et al., Log. Methods Comput. Sci. 15, No. 2, Paper No. 16, 31 p. (2019; Zbl 07058775)], and specialising to the case of cyclic proofs. These results improve upon the bounds on proof complexity and logical complexity implicit in [Simpson, loc. cit.] and also an alternative approach due to S. Berardi and M. Tatsuta [“Equivalence of inductive definitions and cyclic proofs under arithmetic”, in: Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM/IEEE symposium on logic in computer science, LICS 2017. IEEE Digital Library. 1–12 (2017; doi:10.1109/LICS.2017.8005114)].
The uniformity of our method also allows us to recover a metamathematical account of fragments of \(\mathsf{CA} \); in particular we show that, for \(n\geq 0\), the consistency of \(C\Sigma_n\) is provable in \(I\Sigma_{n+2}\) but not \(I\Sigma_{n+1} \). As a result, we show that certain versions of McNaughton’s theorem (the determinisation of \(\omega \)-word automata) are not provable in \(\mathsf{RCA}_0\), partially resolving an open problem from [Kołodziejczyk et al., loc. cit.].

03B70 Logic in computer science
68 Computer science
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