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A new approach to abstract syntax with variable binding
 Formal Aspects of Computing
, 2002
"... Abstract. The permutation model of set theory with atoms (FMsets), devised by Fraenkel and Mostowski in the 1930s, supports notions of ‘nameabstraction ’ and ‘fresh name ’ that provide a new way to represent, compute with, and reason about the syntax of formal systems involving variablebinding op ..."
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Abstract. The permutation model of set theory with atoms (FMsets), devised by Fraenkel and Mostowski in the 1930s, supports notions of ‘nameabstraction ’ and ‘fresh name ’ that provide a new way to represent, compute with, and reason about the syntax of formal systems involving variablebinding operations. Inductively defined FMsets involving the nameabstraction set former (together with Cartesian product and disjoint union) can correctly encode syntax modulo renaming of bound variables. In this way, the standard theory of algebraic data types can be extended to encompass signatures involving binding operators. In particular, there is an associated notion of structural recursion for defining syntaxmanipulating functions (such as capture avoiding substitution, set of free variables, etc.) and a notion of proof by structural induction, both of which remain pleasingly close to informal practice in computer science. 1.
A New Approach to Abstract Syntax Involving Binders
 In 14th Annual Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
, 1999
"... Syntax Involving Binders Murdoch Gabbay Cambridge University DPMMS Cambridge CB2 1SB, UK M.J.Gabbay@cantab.com Andrew Pitts Cambridge University Computer Laboratory Cambridge CB2 3QG, UK ap@cl.cam.ac.uk Abstract The FraenkelMostowski permutation model of set theory with atoms (FMsets) ..."
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Syntax Involving Binders Murdoch Gabbay Cambridge University DPMMS Cambridge CB2 1SB, UK M.J.Gabbay@cantab.com Andrew Pitts Cambridge University Computer Laboratory Cambridge CB2 3QG, UK ap@cl.cam.ac.uk Abstract The FraenkelMostowski permutation model of set theory with atoms (FMsets) can serve as the semantic basis of metalogics for specifying and reasoning about formal systems involving name binding, ffconversion, capture avoiding substitution, and so on. We show that in FMset theory one can express statements quantifying over `fresh' names and we use this to give a novel settheoretic interpretation of name abstraction. Inductively defined FMsets involving this nameabstraction set former (together with cartesian product and disjoint union) can correctly encode objectlevel syntax modulo ffconversion. In this way, the standard theory of algebraic data types can be extended to encompass signatures involving binding operators. In particular, there is an associated n...
A Metalanguage for Programming with Bound Names Modulo Renaming
 Mathematics of Program Construction, volume 1837 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 2000
"... This paper describes work in progress on the design of an MLstyle metalanguage FreshML for programming with recursively defined functions on userdefined, concrete data types whose constructors may involve variable binding. Up to operational equivalence, values of such FreshML data types can faithf ..."
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This paper describes work in progress on the design of an MLstyle metalanguage FreshML for programming with recursively defined functions on userdefined, concrete data types whose constructors may involve variable binding. Up to operational equivalence, values of such FreshML data types can faithfully encode terms modulo alphaconversion for a wide range of object languages in a straightforward fashion. The design of FreshML is `semantically driven', in that it arises from the model of variable binding in set theory with atoms given by the authors in [7]. The language has a type constructor for abstractions over names ( = atoms) and facilities for declaring locally fresh names. Moreover, recursive definitions can use a form of patternmatching on bound names in abstractions. The crucial point is that the FreshML type system ensures that these features can only be used in welltyped programs in ways that are insensitive to renaming of bound names.
Macros as multistage computations: Typesafe, generative, binding macros in MacroML
 in MacroML. In the International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP ’01
, 2001
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Models for NamePassing Processes: Interleaving and Causal
 In Proceedings of LICS 2000: the 15th IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science (Santa Barbara
, 2000
"... We study syntaxfree models for namepassing processes. For interleaving semantics, we identify the indexing structure required of an early labelled transition system to support the usual picalculus operations, defining Indexed Labelled Transition Systems. For noninterleaving causal semantics we de ..."
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We study syntaxfree models for namepassing processes. For interleaving semantics, we identify the indexing structure required of an early labelled transition system to support the usual picalculus operations, defining Indexed Labelled Transition Systems. For noninterleaving causal semantics we define Indexed Labelled Asynchronous Transition Systems, smoothly generalizing both our interleaving model and the standard Asynchronous Transition Systems model for CCSlike calculi. In each case we relate a denotational semantics to an operational view, for bisimulation and causal bisimulation respectively. We establish completeness properties of, and adjunctions between, categories of the two models. Alternative indexing structures and possible applications are also discussed. These are first steps towards a uniform understanding of the semantics and operations of namepassing calculi.
Nominal logic programming
, 2006
"... Nominal logic is an extension of firstorder logic which provides a simple foundation for formalizing and reasoning about abstract syntax modulo consistent renaming of bound names (that is, αequivalence). This article investigates logic programming based on nominal logic. This technique is especial ..."
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Nominal logic is an extension of firstorder logic which provides a simple foundation for formalizing and reasoning about abstract syntax modulo consistent renaming of bound names (that is, αequivalence). This article investigates logic programming based on nominal logic. This technique is especially wellsuited for prototyping type systems, proof theories, operational semantics rules, and other formal systems in which bound names are present. In many cases, nominal logic programs are essentially literal translations of “paper” specifications. As such, nominal logic programming provides an executable specification language for prototyping, communicating, and experimenting with formal systems. We describe some typical nominal logic programs, and develop the modeltheoretic, prooftheoretic, and operational semantics of such programs. Besides being of interest for ensuring the correct behavior of implementations, these results provide a rigorous foundation for techniques for analysis and reasoning about nominal logic programs, as we illustrate via two examples.
The ∇calculus. Functional programming with higherorder encodings
 In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Typed Lambda Calculi and Applications
, 2005
"... Abstract. Higherorder encodings use functions provided by one language to represent variable binders of another. They lead to concise and elegant representations, which historically have been difficult to analyze and manipulate. In this paper we present the ∇calculus, a calculus for defining gener ..."
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Abstract. Higherorder encodings use functions provided by one language to represent variable binders of another. They lead to concise and elegant representations, which historically have been difficult to analyze and manipulate. In this paper we present the ∇calculus, a calculus for defining general recursive functions over higherorder encodings. To avoid problems commonly associated with using the same function space for representations and computations, we separate one from the other. The simplytyped λcalculus plays the role of the representationlevel. The computationlevel contains not only the usual computational primitives but also an embedding of the representationlevel. It distinguishes itself from similar systems by allowing recursion under representationlevel λbinders while permitting a natural style of programming which we believe scales to other logical frameworks. Sample programs include bracket abstraction, parallel reduction, and an evaluator for a simple language with firstclass continuations. 1
Focusing on binding and computation
 In IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
, 2008
"... Variable binding is a prevalent feature of the syntax and proof theory of many logical systems. In this paper, we define a programming language that provides intrinsic support for both representing and computing with binding. This language is extracted as the CurryHoward interpretation of a focused ..."
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Variable binding is a prevalent feature of the syntax and proof theory of many logical systems. In this paper, we define a programming language that provides intrinsic support for both representing and computing with binding. This language is extracted as the CurryHoward interpretation of a focused sequent calculus with two kinds of implication, of opposite polarity. The representational arrow extends systems of definitional reflection with a notion of scoped inference rules, which are used to represent binding. On the other hand, the usual computational arrow classifies recursive functions defined by patternmatching. Unlike many previous approaches, both kinds of implication are connectives in a single logic, which serves as a rich logical framework capable of representing inference rules that mix binding and computation. 1
A Proof Search Specification of the πCalculus
 IN 3RD WORKSHOP ON THE FOUNDATIONS OF GLOBAL UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING
, 2004
"... We present a metalogic that contains a new quantifier (for encoding "generic judgment") and inference rules for reasoning within fixed points of a given specification. We then specify the operational semantics and bisimulation relations for the finite πcalculus within this metalogic. Since we ..."
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We present a metalogic that contains a new quantifier (for encoding "generic judgment") and inference rules for reasoning within fixed points of a given specification. We then specify the operational semantics and bisimulation relations for the finite πcalculus within this metalogic. Since we
Parametric HigherOrder Abstract Syntax for Mechanized Semantics
"... We present parametric higherorder abstract syntax (PHOAS), a new approach to formalizing the syntax of programming languages in computer proof assistants based on type theory. Like higherorder abstract syntax (HOAS), PHOAS uses the meta language’s binding constructs to represent the object language ..."
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We present parametric higherorder abstract syntax (PHOAS), a new approach to formalizing the syntax of programming languages in computer proof assistants based on type theory. Like higherorder abstract syntax (HOAS), PHOAS uses the meta language’s binding constructs to represent the object language’s binding constructs. Unlike HOAS, PHOAS types are definable in generalpurpose type theories that support traditional functional programming, like Coq’s Calculus of Inductive Constructions. We walk through how Coq can be used to develop certified, executable program transformations over several staticallytyped functional programming languages formalized with PHOAS; that is, each transformation has a machinechecked proof of type preservation and semantic preservation. Our examples include CPS translation and closure conversion for simplytyped lambda calculus, CPS translation for System F, and translation from a language with MLstyle pattern matching to a simpler language with no variablearity binding constructs. By avoiding the syntactic hassle associated with firstorder representation techniques, we achieve a very high degree of proof automation. Categories and Subject Descriptors F.3.1 [Logics and meanings