I'd like to know what the expression due to means. For example:

This proof is due to X and Y

Can we say

This proof is attributed to X and Y?

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    In effect, that is what it means, but "attributed to"in some cases implies that the causality is open to question, and in other cases names the person or people who developed the proof. Note that ordinarily we do not use either due to or attributed to in speaking of the premises or logical form of a proof; for that we say the proof is "based on" or "derived from" X and Y. – StoneyB on hiatus Mar 13 '16 at 15:31

I'd say the simplest translation might be

because of

but, in case that is still too ambiguous, it means:

due to
1. caused by or ascribable to.
"his death was not due to any lack of care"
2. because of; owing to.
"he had to withdraw due to a knee injury"

Your guess at its meaning is not quite correct, really it would be:

attributable to X and Y

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    If we say "this proof is due to Jones", we mean that Jones was the originator (author) of the proof. – The Photon Mar 14 '16 at 1:16

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