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Suggested Inductions in the Associativity of App Example

To find a plausible induction argument, the system studies the recursions exhibited by the terms in the conjecture.

Roughly speaking, a call of a recursive function ``suggests'' an induction if the argument position decomposed in recursion is occupied by a variable.

In this conjecture, three terms suggest inductions:

(appab) (appbc) (appa(app b c))

The variable recursively decomposed is indicated in **bold**.