[isabelle-dev] Products over lists – naming convention for big sums and products.

Tobias Nipkow nipkow at in.tum.de
Thu Sep 25 18:32:19 CEST 2014

Florian: But you agree that it should be uniformaly "Sum" or "sum" for all
summation operators? Johannes already remarked on the discrepancy in your


On 25/09/2014 16:32, Florian Haftmann wrote:
>>>> a) for lists: sum_list (← listsum), prod_list (← listprod) b) for
>>>> multisets: Sum_mset (← msetsum), Prod_mset (← msetprod) c) for finite
>>>> sets: Sum (← setsum), Prod (← setprod)
>>> I assume a) means Sum_list and Prod_list?!
>>> Why Sum and not Sum_set in c)? Is the intention that the canonical
>>> type always gets the short name? Like map instead of map_list.
>> Indeed.
>>> And why upper case Sum instead of sum?
>> I am less sure about that. Usually the capitalized versions are the  Big 
>> operators, but "sum" is already big (the binary version is called "plus")
>> and sum_list is also a big operator. Unless we have a clear and simple
>> policy, all lowercase would be better.
> The captialization is derived from existing Inf, Sup, Union, Inter (vs. 
> inf, sup, union, inter).
> For binary operations like +, -, *, / there is a preference to prefer the
> name of the operation (plus, mult) over the algebraic concept (sum, 
> product).  But these are exceptions.
>>> PS: Maybe c) could be tackled in the future when we have a
>>> hypothetical constant/lemma renaming tool.
> The issue is the renaming of lemmas, which is not so straighforward.
> Florian
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