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Universal coalgebra: a theory of systems
, 2000
"... In the semantics of programming, nite data types such as finite lists, have traditionally been modelled by initial algebras. Later final coalgebras were used in order to deal with in finite data types. Coalgebras, which are the dual of algebras, turned out to be suited, moreover, as models for certa ..."
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In the semantics of programming, nite data types such as finite lists, have traditionally been modelled by initial algebras. Later final coalgebras were used in order to deal with in finite data types. Coalgebras, which are the dual of algebras, turned out to be suited, moreover, as models for certain types of automata and more generally, for (transition and dynamical) systems. An important property of initial algebras is that they satisfy the familiar principle of induction. Such a principle was missing for coalgebras until the work of Aczel (NonWellFounded sets, CSLI Leethre Notes, Vol. 14, center for the study of Languages and information, Stanford, 1988) on a theory of nonwellfounded sets, in which he introduced a proof principle nowadays called coinduction. It was formulated in terms of bisimulation, a notion originally stemming from the world of concurrent programming languages. Using the notion of coalgebra homomorphism, the definition of bisimulation on coalgebras can be shown to be formally dual to that of congruence on algebras. Thus, the three basic notions of universal algebra: algebra, homomorphism of algebras, and congruence, turn out to correspond to coalgebra, homomorphism of coalgebras, and bisimulation, respectively. In this paper, the latter are taken
A Tutorial on (Co)Algebras and (Co)Induction
 EATCS Bulletin
, 1997
"... . Algebraic structures which are generated by a collection of constructors like natural numbers (generated by a zero and a successor) or finite lists and trees are of wellestablished importance in computer science. Formally, they are initial algebras. Induction is used both as a definition pr ..."
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. Algebraic structures which are generated by a collection of constructors like natural numbers (generated by a zero and a successor) or finite lists and trees are of wellestablished importance in computer science. Formally, they are initial algebras. Induction is used both as a definition principle, and as a proof principle for such structures. But there are also important dual "coalgebraic" structures, which do not come equipped with constructor operations but with what are sometimes called "destructor" operations (also called observers, accessors, transition maps, or mutators). Spaces of infinite data (including, for example, infinite lists, and nonwellfounded sets) are generally of this kind. In general, dynamical systems with a hidden, blackbox state space, to which a user only has limited access via specified (observer or mutator) operations, are coalgebras of various kinds. Such coalgebraic systems are common in computer science. And "coinduction" is the appropriate te...
Objects and Classes, Coalgebraically
 ObjectOrientation with Parallelism and Persistence
, 1995
"... The coalgebraic perspective on objects and classes in objectoriented programming is elaborated: objects consist of a (unique) identifier, a local state, and a collection of methods described as a coalgebra; classes are coalgebraic (behavioural) specifications of objects. The creation of a "n ..."
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The coalgebraic perspective on objects and classes in objectoriented programming is elaborated: objects consist of a (unique) identifier, a local state, and a collection of methods described as a coalgebra; classes are coalgebraic (behavioural) specifications of objects. The creation of a "new" object of a class is described in terms of the terminal coalgebra satisfying the specification. We present a notion of "totally specified" class, which leads to particularly simple terminal coalgebras. We further describe local and global operational semantics for objects. Associated with the local operational semantics is a notion of bisimulation (for objects belonging to the same class), expressing observational indistinguishability. AMS Subject Classification (1991): 18C10, 03G30 CR Subject Classification (1991): D.1.5, D.2.1, E.1, F.1.1, F.3.0 Keywords & Phrases: object, class, (terminal) coalgebra, coalgebraic specification, bisimulation 1. Introduction Within the objectoriente...
Coalgebras and Modal Logic
 Coalgebraic Methods in Computer Science, Volume 33 in Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science
, 2000
"... Coalgebras are of growing importance in theoretical computer science. To develop languages for them is significant for the specification and verification of systems modelled with them. Modal logic has proved to be suitable for this purpose. So far, most approaches have presented a language to descri ..."
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Coalgebras are of growing importance in theoretical computer science. To develop languages for them is significant for the specification and verification of systems modelled with them. Modal logic has proved to be suitable for this purpose. So far, most approaches have presented a language to describe only deterministic coalgebras. The present paper introduces a generalization that also covers nondeterministic systems. As a special case, we obtain the "usual" modal logic for Kripkestructures. Models for our modal language L F are Fcoalgebras where the functor F is inductively constructed from constant sets and the identity functor using product, coproduct, exponentiation, and the power set functor. We define a language L F and show that it embeds into L F . We prove that, for imagefinite coalgebras, L F is expressive enough to distinguish elements up to bisimilarity and therefore L F does so, too. Moreover, we also give a complete calculus for L F in case the constants...
Inheritance and Cofree Constructions
 European Conference on ObjectOriented Programming, number 1098 in Lect. Notes Comp. Sci
, 1995
"... The coalgebraic view on classes and objects is elaborated to include inheritance. Inheritance in coalgebraic specification (of classes) will be understood dually to parametrization in algebraic specification. That is, inheritance involves restriction (specialization), where parametrization involves ..."
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The coalgebraic view on classes and objects is elaborated to include inheritance. Inheritance in coalgebraic specification (of classes) will be understood dually to parametrization in algebraic specification. That is, inheritance involves restriction (specialization), where parametrization involves extension. And cofree constructions are "best" restrictions, like free constructions are "best" extensions. To make this view on inheritance precise we need a suitable notion of behaviour preserving morphism between classes, which will be defined as a "coalgebra map uptobisimulation". AMS Subject Classification (1991): 18C10, 03G30 CR Subject Classification (1991): D.1.5, D.2.1, E.1, F.1.1, F.3.0 Keywords & Phrases: object, class, inheritance, coalgebraic specification, bisimulation 1. Introduction Two basic relations in objectoriented languages are: object o belongs to class C, and: class C inherits from class C 0 (see e.g. [20]). Class membership yields what is sometimes called a...
Coalgebra semantics for hidden algebra: parameterized objects and inheritance
 the 12th Workshop on Algebraic Development Techniques
, 1998
"... Abstract. The theory of hidden algebras combines standard algebraic techniques with coalgebraic techniques to provide a semantic foundation for the object paradigm. This paper focuses on the coalgebraic aspect of hidden algebra, concerned with signatures of destructors at the syntactic level and wi ..."
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Abstract. The theory of hidden algebras combines standard algebraic techniques with coalgebraic techniques to provide a semantic foundation for the object paradigm. This paper focuses on the coalgebraic aspect of hidden algebra, concerned with signatures of destructors at the syntactic level and with finality and coffee constructions at the semantic level. Our main result shows the existence of cofree constructions induced by maps between coalgebraic hidden specifications. Their use in giving a semantics to parameterised objects and inheritance is then illustrated. The cofreeness result for hidden algebra is generalised to abstract coalgebra and a universal construction for building object systems over existing subsystems is obtained. Finally, existence of final/cofree constructions for arbitrary hidden specifications is discussed. 1
Hidden Coinduction: Behavioral Correctness Proofs for Objects
 Mathematical Structures in Computer Science
, 1999
"... This paper unveils and motivates an ambitious programme of hidden algebraic research in software engineering, beginning with our general goals, continuing with an overview of results, and including some future plans. The main contribution is powerful hidden coinduction techniques for proving behavio ..."
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This paper unveils and motivates an ambitious programme of hidden algebraic research in software engineering, beginning with our general goals, continuing with an overview of results, and including some future plans. The main contribution is powerful hidden coinduction techniques for proving behavioral correctness of concurrent systems; several mechanical proofs are given using OBJ3. We also show how modularization, bisimulation, transition systems, concurrency and combinations of the functional, constraint, logic and object paradigms fit into hidden algebra. 1. Introduction
Conditional Circular Coinductive Rewriting with Case Analysis
, 2002
"... We argue for an algorithmic approach to behavioral proofs, review the hidden algebra approach, develop circular coinductive rewriting for conditional goals, extend it with case analysis, and give some examples. ..."
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We argue for an algorithmic approach to behavioral proofs, review the hidden algebra approach, develop circular coinductive rewriting for conditional goals, extend it with case analysis, and give some examples.
Exercises in Coalgebraic Specification
, 1999
"... An introduction to coalgebraic specification is presented via examples. A coalgebraic specification describes a collection of coalgebras satisfying certain assertions. It is thus an axiomatic description of a particular class of mathematical structures. Such specifications are especially suitable fo ..."
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An introduction to coalgebraic specification is presented via examples. A coalgebraic specification describes a collection of coalgebras satisfying certain assertions. It is thus an axiomatic description of a particular class of mathematical structures. Such specifications are especially suitable for statebased dynamical systems in general, and for classes in objectoriented programming languages in particular. This paper will gradually introduce the notions of bisimilarity, invariance, component classes, temporal logic and refinement in a coalgebraic setting. Besides the running example of the coalgebraic specification of (possibly infinite) binary trees, a specification of Peterson's mutual exclusion algorithm is elaborated in detail.
Invariants, Bisimulations and the Correctness of Coalgebraic Refinements
 Techn. Rep. CSIR9704, Comput. Sci. Inst., Univ. of Nijmegen
, 1997
"... . Coalgebraic specifications are used to formally describe the behaviour of classes in objectoriented languages. In this paper, a general notion of refinement between two such coalgebraic specifications is defined, capturing the idea that one "concrete" class specification realises the be ..."
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. Coalgebraic specifications are used to formally describe the behaviour of classes in objectoriented languages. In this paper, a general notion of refinement between two such coalgebraic specifications is defined, capturing the idea that one "concrete" class specification realises the behaviour of the other, "abstract" class specification. Two (complete) prooftechniques are given to establish such refinements: one involving an invariant (a predicate that is closed under transitions) on the concrete class, and one involving a bisimulation (a relation that is closed under transitions) between the concrete and the abstract class. The latter can only be used if the abstract class is what we call totally specified. Parts of the underlying theory of invariants and bisimulations in a coalgebraic setting are included, involving least and greatest invariants and connections between invariants and bisimulations. Also, the proofprinciples are illustrated in examples (which are fully formalise...