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Natural Deduction and Coherence for Weakly Distributive Categories
 Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra
, 1991
"... This paper examines coherence for certain monoidal categories using techniques coming from the proof theory of linear logic, in particular making heavy use of the graphical techniques of proof nets. We define a two sided notion of proof net, suitable for categories like weakly distributive categorie ..."
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This paper examines coherence for certain monoidal categories using techniques coming from the proof theory of linear logic, in particular making heavy use of the graphical techniques of proof nets. We define a two sided notion of proof net, suitable for categories like weakly distributive categories which have the twotensor structure (times/par) of linear logic, but lack a negation operator. Representing morphisms in weakly distributive categories as such nets, we derive a coherence theorem for such categories. As part of this process, we develop a theory of expansionreduction systems with equalities and a term calculus for proof nets, each of which is of independent interest. In the symmetric case the expansion reduction system on the term calculus yields a decision procedure for the equality of maps for free weakly distributive categories. The main results of this paper are these. First we have proved coherence for the full theory of weakly distributive categories, extending simi...
Confluence Properties of Extensional and NonExtensional lambdaCalculi with Explicit Substitutions (Extended Abstract)
 in Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Rewriting Techniques and Applications
, 1996
"... ) Delia Kesner CNRS and LRI, B at 490, Universit e ParisSud  91405 Orsay Cedex, France. email:Delia.Kesner@lri.fr Abstract. This paper studies confluence properties of extensional and nonextensional #calculi with explicit substitutions, where extensionality is interpreted by #expansion. For ..."
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) Delia Kesner CNRS and LRI, B at 490, Universit e ParisSud  91405 Orsay Cedex, France. email:Delia.Kesner@lri.fr Abstract. This paper studies confluence properties of extensional and nonextensional #calculi with explicit substitutions, where extensionality is interpreted by #expansion. For that, we propose a general scheme for explicit substitutions which describes those abstract properties that are sufficient to guarantee confluence. Our general scheme makes it possible to treat at the same time many wellknown calculi such as ## , ## # and ## , or some other new calculi that we propose in this paper. We also show for those calculi not fitting in the general scheme that can be translated to another one fitting the scheme, such as #s , how to reason about confluence properties of their extensional and nonextensional versions. 1 Introduction The #calculus is a convenient framework to study functional programming, where the evaluation process is modeled by #reduction. The...
Normal Forms and CutFree Proofs as Natural Transformations
 in : Logic From Computer Science, Mathematical Science Research Institute Publications 21
, 1992
"... What equations can we guarantee that simple functional programs must satisfy, irrespective of their obvious defining equations? Equivalently, what nontrivial identifications must hold between lambda terms, thoughtof as encoding appropriate natural deduction proofs ? We show that the usual syntax g ..."
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What equations can we guarantee that simple functional programs must satisfy, irrespective of their obvious defining equations? Equivalently, what nontrivial identifications must hold between lambda terms, thoughtof as encoding appropriate natural deduction proofs ? We show that the usual syntax guarantees that certain naturality equations from category theory are necessarily provable. At the same time, our categorical approach addresses an equational meaning of cutelimination and asymmetrical interpretations of cutfree proofs. This viewpoint is connected to Reynolds' relational interpretation of parametricity ([27], [2]), and to the KellyLambekMac LaneMints approach to coherence problems in category theory. 1 Introduction In the past several years, there has been renewed interest and research into the interconnections of proof theory, typed lambda calculus (as a functional programming paradigm) and category theory. Some of these connections can be surprisingly subtle. Here we a...
Prefab Glue
, 2007
"... Here I will develop a formulation of LFG’s ‘glue semantics ’ that I hope might be more accessible to syntacticians than the standard ones are. Before starting out, I want to emphasize the point that the ‘intuitionistic implicational linear logic ’ (IILL) that glue is based on is a mathematical syste ..."
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Here I will develop a formulation of LFG’s ‘glue semantics ’ that I hope might be more accessible to syntacticians than the standard ones are. Before starting out, I want to emphasize the point that the ‘intuitionistic implicational linear logic ’ (IILL) that glue is based on is a mathematical system that can be presented in many superficially different but essentially equivalent ways; the motivation for the present version is accessibility to people with certain kinds of backgrounds, rather than an attempt to make any kind of empirical claim. The basic idea of this approach is to treat meaningconstructors as introducing prefab pieces of logical forms, which are then assembled by means of some simple rules. Technically, this is a version of ‘proof nets’, the format for IILL proofs that was devised by Girard (the inventor of linear logic) as the preferred format for proofs, for those logics where they work well. But the beginner is not supposed to have to know anything about this in order to master basic use of the system. We will however have to spend some time on the standard format of meaningconstructors, and its relationship to the present approach.