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Games and Full Abstraction for the Lazy lambdacalculus
 In Proceedings, Tenth Annual IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
, 1995
"... ion for the Lazy calculus Samson Abramsky Guy McCusker Department of Computing Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine 180 Queen's Gate London SW7 2BZ United Kingdom Abstract We define a category of games G, and its extensional quotient E . A model of the lazy calculus, a typefre ..."
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ion for the Lazy calculus Samson Abramsky Guy McCusker Department of Computing Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine 180 Queen's Gate London SW7 2BZ United Kingdom Abstract We define a category of games G, and its extensional quotient E . A model of the lazy calculus, a typefree functional language based on evaluation to weak head normal form, is given in G, yielding an extensional model in E . This model is shown to be fully abstract with respect to applicative simulation. This is, so far as we know, the first purely semantic construction of a fully abstract model for a reflexivelytyped sequential language. 1 Introduction Full Abstraction is a key concept in programming language semantics [9, 12, 23, 26]. The ingredients are as follows. We are given a language L, with an `observational preorder'  on terms in L such that P  Q means that every observable property of P is also satisfied by Q; and a denotational model MJ\DeltaK. The model M is then said to be f...
A nondeterministic callbyneed lambda calculus
 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING
, 1998
"... In this paper we present a nondeterministic callbyneed (untyped) lambda calculus nd with a constant choice and a letsyntax that models sharing. Our main result is that nd has the nice operational properties of the standard lambda calculus: confluence on sets of expressions, and normal order redu ..."
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In this paper we present a nondeterministic callbyneed (untyped) lambda calculus nd with a constant choice and a letsyntax that models sharing. Our main result is that nd has the nice operational properties of the standard lambda calculus: confluence on sets of expressions, and normal order reduction is sufficient to reach head normal form. Using a strong contextual equivalence we show correctness of several program transformations. In particular of lambdalifting using deterministic maximal free expressions. These results show that nd is a new and also natural combination of nondeterminism and lambdacalculus, which has a lot of opportunities for parallel evaluation. An intended application of nd is as a foundation for compiling lazy functional programming languages with I/O based on direct calls. The set of correct program transformations can be rigorously distinguished from noncorrect ones. All program transformations are permitted with the slight exception that for transformations like common subexpression elimination and lambdalifting with maximal free expressions the involved subexpressions have to be deterministic ones.
Filter Models for ConjunctiveDisjunctive λcalculi
, 1996
"... The distinction between the conjunctive nature of nondeterminism as opposed to the disjunctive character of parallelism constitutes the motivation and the starting point of the present work. λcalculus is extended with both a nondeterministic choice and a parallel operator; a notion of reduction i ..."
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The distinction between the conjunctive nature of nondeterminism as opposed to the disjunctive character of parallelism constitutes the motivation and the starting point of the present work. λcalculus is extended with both a nondeterministic choice and a parallel operator; a notion of reduction is introduced, extending fireduction of the classical calculus. We study type assignment systems for this calculus, together with a denotational semantics which is initially defined constructing a set semimodel via simple types. We enrich the type system with intersection and union types, dually reflecting the disjunctive and conjunctive behaviour of the operators, and we build a filter model. The theory of this model is compared both with a Morrisstyle operational semantics and with a semantics based on a notion of capabilities.
FUNDIO: A LambdaCalculus with a letrec, case, Constructors, and an IOInterface: Approaching a Theory of unsafePerformIO
, 2003
"... This paper proposes a nonstandard way to combine lazy functional languages with I/O. In order to demonstrate the usefulness of the approach, a tiny lazy functional core language “FUNDIO”, which is also a callbyneed lambda calculus, is investigated. The syntax of “FUNDIO ” has case, letrec, constr ..."
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This paper proposes a nonstandard way to combine lazy functional languages with I/O. In order to demonstrate the usefulness of the approach, a tiny lazy functional core language “FUNDIO”, which is also a callbyneed lambda calculus, is investigated. The syntax of “FUNDIO ” has case, letrec, constructors and an IOinterface: its operational semantics is described by smallstep reductions. A contextual approximation and equivalence depending on the inputoutput behavior of normal order reduction sequences is defined and a context lemma is proved. This enables to study a semantics of “FUNDIO ” and its semantic properties. The paper demonstrates that the technique of complete reduction diagrams enables to show a considerable set of program transformations to be correct. Several optimizations of evaluation are given, including strictness optimizations and an abstract machine, and shown to be correct w.r.t. contextual equivalence. Correctness of strictness optimizations also justifies correctness of parallel evaluation.
Thus this calculus has a potential to integrate nonstrict functional programming with a nondeterministic approach to inputoutput and also to provide a useful semantics for this combination.
It is argued that monadic IO and unsafePerformIO can be combined in Haskell, and that the result is reliable, if all reductions and transformations are correct w.r.t. to the FUNDIOsemantics. Of course, we do not address the typing problems the are involved in the usage of Haskell’s
unsafePerformIO.
The semantics can also be used as a novel semantics for strict functional languages with IO, where the sequence of IOs is not fixed.
Unique Fixed Point Induction for McCarthy's Amb
 IN: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 24TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE, ”LNCS” 1672
, 1999
"... We develop an operational theory of higherorder functions, recursion, and fair nondeterminism for a nontrivial, higherorder, callbyname functional programming language extended with McCarthy's amb. Implemented via fair parallel evaluation, functional programming with amb is very expressive. ..."
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We develop an operational theory of higherorder functions, recursion, and fair nondeterminism for a nontrivial, higherorder, callbyname functional programming language extended with McCarthy's amb. Implemented via fair parallel evaluation, functional programming with amb is very expressive. However, conventional semantic fixed point principles for reasoning about recursion fail in the presence of fairness. Instead, we adapt higherorder operational methods to deal with fair nondeterminism. We present two natural semantics, describing mayand mustconvergence, and define a notion of contextual equivalence over these two modalities. The presence of amb raises special difficulties when reasoning about contextual equivalence. In particular, we report on a challenging open problem with regard to the validity of bisimulation proof methods. We develop two sound and useful reasoning methods which, in combination, enable us to prove a rich collection of laws for contextual...
Discrimination by Parallel Observers: the Algorithm
 LICS '97 , IEEE Comp. Soc
, 1998
"... The main result of the paper is a constructive proof of the following equivalence: two pure terms are observationally equivalent in the lazy concurrent calculus iff they have the same L'evyLongo trees. An algorithm which allows to build a context discriminating any two pure terms with differe ..."
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The main result of the paper is a constructive proof of the following equivalence: two pure terms are observationally equivalent in the lazy concurrent calculus iff they have the same L'evyLongo trees. An algorithm which allows to build a context discriminating any two pure terms with different L'evyLongo trees is described. It follows that contextual equivalence coincides with behavioural equivalence (bisimulation) as considered by Sangiorgi. Another consequence is that the discriminating power of concurrent lambda contexts is the same as that of BoudolLaneve's contexts with multiplicities. 3 1 Introduction The aim of this paper is to improve our understanding of what is the "meaning" of a term in the lazy calculus. To explain our result let us begin with the following few observations borrowed from the paper [2] of Abramsky and Ong. In the ordinary calculus, the most natural understanding of evaluation to a "value" is reduction to a normal form. It is however wellk...
A Fully Abstract Semantics for a Nondeterministic Functional Language With Monadic Types
, 1995
"... This paper presents a functional programming language, based on Moggi's monadic metalanguage. In the first part of this paper, we show how the language can be regarded as a monad on a category of signatures, and that the resulting category of algebras is equivalent to the category of computationally ..."
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This paper presents a functional programming language, based on Moggi's monadic metalanguage. In the first part of this paper, we show how the language can be regarded as a monad on a category of signatures, and that the resulting category of algebras is equivalent to the category of computationally cartesian closed categories. In the second part, we extend the language to include a nondeterministic operational semantics, and show that the lower powerdomain semantics is fully abstract for maytesting. 1 Introduction Moggi has proposed strong monads as an appropriate way to model computation. In [9], he shows that any model of computation satisfying certain equations forms a strong monad. His work concentrates on the denotational properties of programs, whereas we shall show how his work can be applied to an operational semantics. In the first section of this paper, we present a slight variant on his functional monadic metalanguage and show that its algebras are equivalent to strong mo...
Action Semantics Reasoning About Functional Programs
 Mathematical Structures in Computer Science
, 1996
"... syntax The algebraic definition of abstract syntax trees below can, more or less, be read as a BNF grammar. Emphatic brackets, [[: : : ]], indicate nodes in an abstract syntax tree. grammar: ffl Expression = Identifier "true" "false" [[ "" Identifier "." Expression ]] [[ Expression Expression ]] ..."
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syntax The algebraic definition of abstract syntax trees below can, more or less, be read as a BNF grammar. Emphatic brackets, [[: : : ]], indicate nodes in an abstract syntax tree. grammar: ffl Expression = Identifier "true" "false" [[ "" Identifier "." Expression ]] [[ Expression Expression ]] [[ "rec" Identifier "." Expression ]] [[ "if" Expression "then" Expression "else" Expression ]] . Action semantics reasoning about functional programs 3 ffl Identifier = [[ letter + ]] . 2.2. Semantic functions Action semantic descriptions are syntaxdirected in the denotational style: compositional semantic functions map abstract syntax into meaning and are defined inductively by semantic equations. There is one universal semantic domain, namely action, the sort of actions. Actions are expressed in a notation that looks a little like informal English prose but, in fact, it is a completely formal combinatorbased notation. The verbose notation should be suggestive of the meaning of th...
On generic context lemmas for lambda calculi with sharing
, 2008
"... This paper proves several generic variants of context lemmas and thus contributes to improving the tools for observational semantics of deterministic and nondeterministic higherorder calculi that use a smallstep reduction semantics. The generic (sharing) context lemmas are provided for may as we ..."
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This paper proves several generic variants of context lemmas and thus contributes to improving the tools for observational semantics of deterministic and nondeterministic higherorder calculi that use a smallstep reduction semantics. The generic (sharing) context lemmas are provided for may as well as two variants of mustconvergence, which hold in a broad class of extended process and extended lambda calculi, if the calculi satisfy certain natural conditions. As a guideline, the proofs of the context lemmas are valid in callbyneed calculi, in callbyvalue calculi if substitution is restricted to variablebyvariable and in process calculi like variants of the πcalculus. For calculi employing betareduction using a callbyname or callbyvalue strategy or similar reduction rules, some iuvariants of ciutheorems are obtained from our context lemmas. Our results reestablish several context lemmas already proved in the literature, and also provide some new context lemmas as well as some new variants of the ciutheorem. To make the results widely applicable, we use a higherorder abstract syntax that allows untyped calculi as well as certain simple typing schemes. The approach may lead to a unifying view of higherorder calculi, reduction, and observational equality.
Basic Action Theory
 BRICS Report Series
, 1995
"... Action semantics is a semantic description framework with very good pragmatic properties but until now a rather weak theory for reasoning about programs. A strong action theory would have a great practical potential, as it would facilitate reasoning about the large class of programming languages ..."
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Action semantics is a semantic description framework with very good pragmatic properties but until now a rather weak theory for reasoning about programs. A strong action theory would have a great practical potential, as it would facilitate reasoning about the large class of programming languages that can be described in action semantics.