# Structure AC_Sort

signature AC_Sort =
sig
include Abbrev
val sort : {assoc : thm, comm : thm,
dest : term -> term * term, mk : term * term -> term,
cmp : term * term -> order,
combine : conv, preprocess : conv} -> conv
end
(*
[**sort** {assoc,comm,dest,mk,cmp,combine,preprocess}] is a conversion for
sorting terms with respect to an associative and commutative operator.
It uses a merge sort internally, so should be reasonably efficient.
The record's fields are:
assoc: associativity theorem in standard r-to-l format:
a + (b + c) = (a + b) + c
can be universally quantified
comm: commutativity theorem (can be universally quantified)
dest: destructor function for operator
mk: constructor function for operator
cmp: comparison function for performing sort. Terms identified
as EQUAL will be combined by combine conversion.
combine: conv taking terms of the form (t1 op t2) where t1 and t2
have compared as equal. Should always succeed (can be
ALL_CONV).
preprocess: applied to all leaf terms as term is first examined.
If it fails or raises UNCHANGED (i.e., both ALL_CONV and
NO_CONV are OK here), nothing further is done. If it
succeeds, further processing is performed on the resulting
term
E.g., combine can combine numeric literals; preprocess could convert
a - b into a + -b, or -x into -1 * x, or ~~p into p.
*)

*HOL 4, Kananaskis-14*