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Introducing OBJ
, 1993
"... This is an introduction to the philosophy and use of OBJ, emphasizing its operational semantics, with aspects of its history and its logical semantics. Release 2 of OBJ3 is described in detail, with many examples. OBJ is a wide spectrum firstorder functional language that is rigorously based on ..."
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This is an introduction to the philosophy and use of OBJ, emphasizing its operational semantics, with aspects of its history and its logical semantics. Release 2 of OBJ3 is described in detail, with many examples. OBJ is a wide spectrum firstorder functional language that is rigorously based on (order sorted) equational logic and parameterized programming, supporting a declarative style that facilitates verification and allows OBJ to be used as a theorem prover.
Institution Morphisms
, 2001
"... Institutions formalize the intuitive notion of logical system, including syntax, semantics, and the relation of satisfaction between them. Our exposition emphasizes the natural way that institutions can support deduction on sentences, and inclusions of signatures, theories, etc.; it also introduces ..."
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Institutions formalize the intuitive notion of logical system, including syntax, semantics, and the relation of satisfaction between them. Our exposition emphasizes the natural way that institutions can support deduction on sentences, and inclusions of signatures, theories, etc.; it also introduces terminology to clearly distinguish several levels of generality of the institution concept. A surprising number of different notions of morphism have been suggested for forming categories with institutions as objects, and an amazing variety of names have been proposed for them. One goal of this paper is to suggest a terminology that is uniform and informative to replace the current chaotic nomenclature; another goal is to investigate the properties and interrelations of these notions in a systematic way. Following brief expositions of indexed categories, diagram categories, twisted relations, and Kan extensions, we demonstrate and then exploit the duality between institution morphisms in the original sense of Goguen and Burstall, and the "plain maps" of Meseguer, obtaining simple uniform proofs of completeness and cocompleteness for both resulting categories. Because of this duality, we prefer the name "comorphism" over "plain map;" moreover, we argue that morphisms are more natural than comorphisms in many cases. We also consider "theoroidal" morphisms and comorphisms, which generalize signatures to theories, based on a theoroidal institution construction, finding that the "maps" of Meseguer are theoroidal comorphisms, while theoroidal morphisms are a new concept. We introduce "forward" and "seminatural" morphisms, and develop some of their properties. Appendices discuss institutions for partial algebra, a variant of order sorted algebra, two versions of hidden algebra, and...
Composing Hidden Information Modules over Inclusive Institutions
 In From ObjectOrientation to Formal Methods: Essays in Honor of JohanOle Dahl
, 2003
"... This paper studies the composition of modules that can hide information, over a very general class of logical systems called inclusive institutions. Two semantics are given for composition of such modules using five familiar operations, and a property called conservativity is shown necessary and suf ..."
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This paper studies the composition of modules that can hide information, over a very general class of logical systems called inclusive institutions. Two semantics are given for composition of such modules using five familiar operations, and a property called conservativity is shown necessary and sufficient for these semantics to agree. The first semantics extracts the visible properties of the result of composing the visible and hidden parts of modules, while the second uses only the visible properties of the components; the semantics agree when the visible consequences of hidden information are enough to determine the result of the composition. A number of "laws of software composition" are proved relating the composition operations. Inclusive institutions simplify many proofs.
Social and Semiotic Analyses for Theorem Prover User Interface Design
 Formal Aspects of Computing
, 1999
"... We describe an approach to user interface design based on ideas from social science, narratology (the theory of stories), cognitive science, and a new area called algebraic semiotics. Social analysis helps to identify certain roles for users with their associated requirements, and suggests ways to m ..."
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We describe an approach to user interface design based on ideas from social science, narratology (the theory of stories), cognitive science, and a new area called algebraic semiotics. Social analysis helps to identify certain roles for users with their associated requirements, and suggests ways to make proofs more understandable, while algebraic semiotics, which combines semiotics with algebraic specification, provides rigorous theories for interface functionality and for a certain technical notion of quality. We apply these techniques to designing user interfaces for a distributed cooperative theorem proving system, whose main component is a website generation and proof assistance tool called Kumo. This interface integrates formal proving, proof browsing, animation, informal explanation, and online background tutorials, drawing on a richer than usual notion of proof. Experience with using the interface is reported, and some conclusions are drawn.
Hidden Algebra for Software Engineering
 PROCEEDINGS COMBINATORICS, COMPUTATION AND LOGIC
, 1999
"... This paper is an introduction to recent research on hidden algebra and its application to software engineering; it is intended to be informal and friendly, but still precise. We first review classical algebraic specification for traditional "Platonic" abstract data types like integers, ve ..."
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This paper is an introduction to recent research on hidden algebra and its application to software engineering; it is intended to be informal and friendly, but still precise. We first review classical algebraic specification for traditional "Platonic" abstract data types like integers, vectors, matrices, and lists. Software engineering also needs changeable "abstract machines," recently called "objects," that can communicate concurrently with other objects through visible "attributes" and statechanging "methods." Hidden algebra is a new development in algebraic semantics designed to handle such systems. Equational theories are used in both cases, but the notion of satisfaction for hidden algebra is behavioral, in the sense that equations need only appear to be true under all possible experiments; this extra flexibility is needed to accommodate the clever implementations that software engineers often use to conserve space and/or time. The most important results in hidden algebra are ...
Composition of Modules with Hidden Information over Inclusive Institutions
"... This paper studies the composition of modules that can hide information, over a very general class of logical systems called inclusive institutions. Two semantics are given for compositions using five familiar operations, and a property called conservativity is shown necessary and sufficient for the ..."
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This paper studies the composition of modules that can hide information, over a very general class of logical systems called inclusive institutions. Two semantics are given for compositions using five familiar operations, and a property called conservativity is shown necessary and sufficient for these semantics to agree. The first semantics extracts the visible properties of the result of composing both the visible and hidden parts of modules, while the second uses only the visible properties of the components. Several "laws of software composition" are given, which demonstrate the power of inclusive institutions to simplify proofs.
A Foundational Approach to Modularization (Extended Abstract)
"... This paper introduces the novel concept of inclusive institution as a foundational framework for studying logicindependent module compositionality, defines specification modules as specifications allowing both public and private signatures, and shows that an internal property of modules, called con ..."
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This paper introduces the novel concept of inclusive institution as a foundational framework for studying logicindependent module compositionality, defines specification modules as specifications allowing both public and private signatures, and shows that an internal property of modules, called conservatism, is crucial for compositional semantics.