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Categorical Term Rewriting: Monads and Modularity
 University of Edinburgh
, 1998
"... Term rewriting systems are widely used throughout computer science as they provide an abstract model of computation while retaining a comparatively simple syntax and semantics. In order to reason within large term rewriting systems, structuring operations are used to build large term rewriting syste ..."
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Term rewriting systems are widely used throughout computer science as they provide an abstract model of computation while retaining a comparatively simple syntax and semantics. In order to reason within large term rewriting systems, structuring operations are used to build large term rewriting systems from smaller ones. Of particular interest is whether key properties are modular, thatis,ifthe components of a structured term rewriting system satisfy a property, then does the term rewriting system as a whole? A body of literature addresses this problem, but most of the results and proofs depend on strong syntactic conditions and do not easily generalize. Although many specific modularity results are known, a coherent framework which explains the underlying principles behind these results is lacking. This thesis posits that part of the problem is the usual, concrete and syntaxoriented semantics of term rewriting systems, and that a semantics is needed which on the one hand elides unnecessary syntactic details but on the other hand still possesses enough expressive power to model the key concepts arising from
An Algebra of Graph Derivations Using Finite (co) Limit Double Theories
"... Graph transformation systems have been introduced for the formal specication of software systems. States are thereby modeled as graphs, and computations as graph derivations according to the rules of the specication. Operations on graph derivations provide means to reason about the distribution ..."
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Graph transformation systems have been introduced for the formal specication of software systems. States are thereby modeled as graphs, and computations as graph derivations according to the rules of the specication. Operations on graph derivations provide means to reason about the distribution and composition of computations. In this paper we discuss the development of an algebra of graph derivations as a descriptive model of graph transformation systems. For that purpose we use a categorical three level approach for the construction of models of computations based on structured transition systems. Categorically the algebra of graph derivations can then be characterized as a free double category with nite horizontal colimits.
Sketches: Outline with References
 Dept. of Computer Science, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
, 1994
"... This document is an outline of the theory of sketches with pointers to the literature. An extensive bibliography is given. Some coverage is given to related areas such as algebraic theories, categorial model theory and categorial logic as well. An appendix beginning on page 11 provides definitions o ..."
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This document is an outline of the theory of sketches with pointers to the literature. An extensive bibliography is given. Some coverage is given to related areas such as algebraic theories, categorial model theory and categorial logic as well. An appendix beginning on page 11 provides definitions of some of the less standard terms used in the paper, but the reader is expected to be familiar with the basic ideas of category theory. A rough machine generated index begins on page 21. I would have liked to explain the main ideas of all the papers referred to herein, but I am not familiar enough with some of them to do that. It seemed more useful to be inclusive, even if many papers were mentioned without comment. One consequence of this is that the discussions in this document often go into more detail about the papers published in North America than about those published elsewhere. The DVI file for this article is available by anonymous FTP from ftp.cwru.edu in the directory
Generalised Sketches as an algebraic graphbased framework for semantic modeling and database design
, 1997
"... . A graphbased specification language and the corresponding machinery are described as stating a basic framework for semantic modeling and database design. It is shown that a few challenging theoretical questions in the area, and some of hot practical problems as well, can be successfully approache ..."
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. A graphbased specification language and the corresponding machinery are described as stating a basic framework for semantic modeling and database design. It is shown that a few challenging theoretical questions in the area, and some of hot practical problems as well, can be successfully approached in the framework. The machinery has its origin in the classical sketches invented by Ehresmann and is close to their generalization recently proposed by Makkai. There are two essential distinctions from Makkai's sketches. One consists in a different  more direct  formalization of sketches that categorists (and database designers) usually draw. The second distinction is more fundamental and consists in introducing operational sketches specifying complex diagram operations over ordinary (predicate) sketches, correspondingly, models of operational sketches are diagram algebras. Together with the notion of parsing operational sketches, this is the main mathematical contribution of the pape...
Sketches, Views and PatternBased Reasoning
"... Abstract—The mathematical theory of sketches provides a graphical framework for describing and relating knowledge representations and their models. Maps between sketches can extract domainspecific context from a sketch, express knowledge dynamics and be used to manage representations created for di ..."
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Abstract—The mathematical theory of sketches provides a graphical framework for describing and relating knowledge representations and their models. Maps between sketches can extract domainspecific context from a sketch, express knowledge dynamics and be used to manage representations created for distinct applications or by different analysts. There are precise connections between classes of sketches and fragments of firstorder, infinitary predicate logic. EA sketches are a particular class that is related to entityattributerelation diagrams and can be implemented using features available in many relational database systems. In this paper we illustrate sketch theory through development of a simple human terrain model. We apply the theory to an example of aligning sketchbased knowledge representations and compare the approach to one using OWL/RDF. We describe the computational infrastructure that is available for working with sketches and outline research challenges. I.