Graph Contrastive Pre-training for Effective Theorem Reasoning

24 Aug 2021  ·  Zhaoyu Li, Binghong Chen, Xujie Si ·

Interactive theorem proving is a challenging and tedious process, which requires non-trivial expertise and detailed low-level instructions (or tactics) from human experts. Tactic prediction is a natural way to automate this process. Existing methods show promising results on tactic prediction by learning a deep neural network (DNN) based model from proofs written by human experts. In this paper, we propose NeuroTactic, a novel extension with a special focus on improving the representation learning for theorem proving. NeuroTactic leverages graph neural networks (GNNs) to represent the theorems and premises, and applies graph contrastive learning for pre-training. We demonstrate that the representation learning of theorems is essential to predict tactics. Compared with other methods, NeuroTactic achieves state-of-the-art performance on the CoqGym dataset.

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