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A CurryHoward foundation for functional computation with control
 In Proceedings of ACM SIGPLANSIGACT Symposium on Principle of Programming Languages
, 1997
"... We introduce the type theory ¯ v , a callbyvalue variant of Parigot's ¯calculus, as a CurryHoward representation theory of classical propositional proofs. The associated rewrite system is ChurchRosser and strongly normalizing, and definitional equality of the type theory is consistent, com ..."
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We introduce the type theory ¯ v , a callbyvalue variant of Parigot's ¯calculus, as a CurryHoward representation theory of classical propositional proofs. The associated rewrite system is ChurchRosser and strongly normalizing, and definitional equality of the type theory is consistent, compatible with cut, congruent and decidable. The attendant callbyvalue programming language ¯pcf v is obtained from ¯ v by augmenting it by basic arithmetic, conditionals and fixpoints. We study the behavioural properties of ¯pcf v and show that, though simple, it is a very general language for functional computation with control: it can express all the main control constructs such as exceptions and firstclass continuations. Prooftheoretically the dual ¯ v constructs of naming and ¯abstraction witness the introduction and elimination rules of absurdity respectively. Computationally they give succinct expression to a kind of generic (forward) "jump" operator, which may be regarded as a unif...
Search algorithms in type theory
, 2000
"... In this paper, we take an abstract view of search by describing search procedures via particular kinds of proofs in type theory. We rely on the proofsasprograms interpretation to extract programs from our proofs. Using these techniques we explore, in depth, a large family of search problems by par ..."
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In this paper, we take an abstract view of search by describing search procedures via particular kinds of proofs in type theory. We rely on the proofsasprograms interpretation to extract programs from our proofs. Using these techniques we explore, in depth, a large family of search problems by parameterizing the speci cation of the problem. A constructive proof is presented which has as its computational content a correct search procedure for these problems. We show how a classical extension to an otherwise constructive system can be used to describe a typical use of the nonlocal control operator call/cc. Using the classical typing of nonlocal control we extend our purely constructive proof to incorporate a sophisticated backtracking technique known as ‘con ictdirected backjumping’ (CBJ). A variant of this proof is formalized in Nuprl yielding a correctbyconstruction implementation of CBJ. The extracted program has been translated into Scheme and serves as the basis for an implementation of a new solution to the Hamiltonian circuit problem. This paper demonstrates a nontrivial application of the proofsasprograms paradigm by applying the technique to the derivation of a sophisticated search algorithm; also, it shows the generality of the resulting implementation by demonstrating its application in a new problem
The Logic of Search Algorithms: Theory and Applications
 In Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming { CP97
, 1997
"... . Many search algorithms have been introduced without correctness proofs, or proved only with respect to an informal semantics of the algorithm. We address this problem by taking advantage of the correspondence between programs and proofs. We give a single proof of the correctness of a very general ..."
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. Many search algorithms have been introduced without correctness proofs, or proved only with respect to an informal semantics of the algorithm. We address this problem by taking advantage of the correspondence between programs and proofs. We give a single proof of the correctness of a very general search algorithm, for which we provide Scheme code. It is straightforward to implement service functions to implement algorithms such as DavisPutnam for satisfiability or forward checking (FC) for constraint satisfaction, and to incorporate conflictdirected backjumping (CBJ) and heuristics for variable and value ordering. By separating the search algorithm from problem features, our work should enable the much speedier implementation of sophisticated search methods such as FCCBJ in new domains, and we illustrate this by sketching an implementation for the Hamiltonian Circuit problem. 1 Introduction The constraint satisfaction community has an excellent record of introducing intelligent se...
Decidability Extracted: SYNTHESIZING “CORRECTBYCONSTRUCTION” DECISION PROCEDURES FROM CONSTRUCTIVE PROOFS
, 1998
"... The topic of this thesis is the extraction of efficient and readable programs from formal constructive proofs of decidability. The proof methods employed to generate the efficient code are new and result in clean and readable Nuprl extracts for two nontrivial programs. They are based on the use of ..."
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The topic of this thesis is the extraction of efficient and readable programs from formal constructive proofs of decidability. The proof methods employed to generate the efficient code are new and result in clean and readable Nuprl extracts for two nontrivial programs. They are based on the use of Nuprl’s set type and techniques for extracting efficient programs from induction principles. The constructive formal theories required to express the decidability theorems are of independent interest. They formally circumscribe the mathematical knowledge needed to understand the derived algorithms. The formal theories express concepts that are taught at the senior college level. The decidability proofs themselves, depending on this material, are of interest and are presented in some detail. The proof of decidability of classical propositional logic is relative to a semantics based on Kleene’s strong threevalued logic. The constructive proof of intuitionistic decidability presented here is the first machine formalization of this proof. Theexposition reveals aspects of the Nuprl tactic collection relevant to the creation of readable proofs; clear extracts and efficient code are illustrated in the discussion of the proofs.
Algebraic System Specification and Development: Survey and Annotated Bibliography  Second Edition 
, 1997
"... Data Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 4.5.4 Special Approaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 4.6 Semantics of Programming Languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 4.6.1 Semantics of Ada . . . ..."
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Data Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 4.5.4 Special Approaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 4.6 Semantics of Programming Languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 4.6.1 Semantics of Ada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 4.6.2 Action Semantics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 4.7 Specification Languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 4.7.1 Early Algebraic Specification Languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 4.7.2 Recent Algebraic Specification Languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 4.7.3 The Common Framework Initiative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 5 Methodology 57 5.1 Development Phases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 5.1.1 Applica...
Revised submission to Theoretical Computer Science: Special Issue on Proof Search in Typetheoretic Languages
, 1998
"... In this paper, we take an abstract view of search by describing search procedures via particular kinds of proofs in type theory. We rely on the proofsasprograms interpretation to extract programs from our proofs. Using these techniques we explore, in depth, a large family of search problems by par ..."
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In this paper, we take an abstract view of search by describing search procedures via particular kinds of proofs in type theory. We rely on the proofsasprograms interpretation to extract programs from our proofs. Using these techniques we explore, in depth, a large family of search problems by parameterizing the specification of the problem. A constructive proof is presented which has as its computational content a correct search procedure for these problems. We show how a classical extension to an otherwise constructive system can be used to describe a typical use of the nonlocal control operator call/cc. Using the classical typing of nonlocal control we extend our purely constructive proof to incorporate a sophisticated backtracking technique known as ‘conflictdirected backjumping’ (CBJ). A variant of this proof is formalized in Nuprl yielding a correctbyconstruction implementation of CBJ. The extracted program has been translated into Scheme and serves as the basis for an implementation of a new solution to the Hamiltonian circuit problem. This paper demonstrates a nontrivial application of the proofsasprograms paradigm by applying the technique to the derivation of a sophisticated search algorithm; also, it shows the generality of the resulting implementation by demonstrating its application in a new problem domain for CBJ.