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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
Rewriting Logic as a Semantic Framework for Concurrency: a Progress Report
, 1996
"... . This paper surveys the work of many researchers on rewriting logic since it was first introduced in 1990. The main emphasis is on the use of rewriting logic as a semantic framework for concurrency. The goal in this regard is to express as faithfully as possible a very wide range of concurrency mod ..."
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. This paper surveys the work of many researchers on rewriting logic since it was first introduced in 1990. The main emphasis is on the use of rewriting logic as a semantic framework for concurrency. The goal in this regard is to express as faithfully as possible a very wide range of concurrency models, each on its own terms, avoiding any encodings or translations. Bringing very different models under a common semantic framework makes easier to understand what different models have in common and how they differ, to find deep connections between them, and to reason across their different formalisms. It becomes also much easier to achieve in a rigorous way the integration and interoperation of different models and languages whose combination offers attractive advantages. The logic and model theory of rewriting logic are also summarized, a number of current research directions are surveyed, and some concluding remarks about future directions are made. Table of Contents 1 In...
Abstract behavior types: A foundation model for components and their composition
 SCIENCE OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
, 2003
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Bisimulation for Probabilistic Transition Systems: A Coalgebraic Approach
, 1998
"... . The notion of bisimulation as proposed by Larsen and Skou for discrete probabilistic transition systems is shown to coincide with a coalgebraic definition in the sense of Aczel and Mendler in terms of a set functor. This coalgebraic formulation makes it possible to generalize the concepts to a ..."
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. The notion of bisimulation as proposed by Larsen and Skou for discrete probabilistic transition systems is shown to coincide with a coalgebraic definition in the sense of Aczel and Mendler in terms of a set functor. This coalgebraic formulation makes it possible to generalize the concepts to a continuous setting involving Borel probability measures. Under reasonable conditions, generalized probabilistic bisimilarity can be characterized categorically. Application of the final coalgebra paradigm then yields an internally fully abstract semantical domain with respect to probabilistic bisimulation. Keywords. Bisimulation, probabilistic transition system, coalgebra, ultrametric space, Borel measure, final coalgebra. 1 Introduction For discrete probabilistic transition systems the notion of probabilistic bisimilarity of Larsen and Skou [LS91] is regarded as the basic process equivalence. The definition was given for reactive systems. However, Van Glabbeek, Smolka and Steffen s...
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 "new" o ..."
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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...
ManySorted Coalgebraic Modal Logic: a Modeltheoretic Study
 Theoretical Informatics and Applications
, 2001
"... This paper gives a semantical underpinning for a manysorted modal logic associated with certain dynamical systems, like transition systems, automata or classes in objectoriented languages. These systems will be described as coalgebras of socalled polynomial functors, built up from constants an ..."
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This paper gives a semantical underpinning for a manysorted modal logic associated with certain dynamical systems, like transition systems, automata or classes in objectoriented languages. These systems will be described as coalgebras of socalled polynomial functors, built up from constants and identities, using products, coproducts and powersets. The semantical account involves Boolean algebras with operators indexed by polynomial functors, called MBAOs, for Manysorted Boolean Algebras with Operators, combining standard (categorical) models of modal logic and of manysorted predicate logic.
Reasoning about Classes in ObjectOriented Languages: Logical Models and Tools
, 1998
"... A formal language ccsl is introduced for describing specifications of classes in objectoriented languages. We show how class specifications in ccsl can be translated into higher order logic. This allows us to reason about these specifications. In particular, it allows us (1) to describe (various) i ..."
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A formal language ccsl is introduced for describing specifications of classes in objectoriented languages. We show how class specifications in ccsl can be translated into higher order logic. This allows us to reason about these specifications. In particular, it allows us (1) to describe (various) implementations of a particular class specification, (2) to develop the logical theory of a specific class specification, and (3) to establish refinements between two class specifications. We use the (dependently typed) higher order logic of the proofassistant pvs, so that we have extensive tool support for reasoning about class specifications. Moreover, we describe our own frontend tool to pvs, which generates from ccsl class specifications appropriate pvs theories and proofs of some elementary results.
Mongruences and Cofree Coalgebras
 Algebraic Methods and Software Technology, number 936 in Lect. Notes Comp. Sci
, 1995
"... . A coalgebra is introduced here as a model of a certain signature consisting of a type X with various "destructor" function symbols, satisfying certain equations. These destructor function symbols are like methods and attributes in objectoriented programming: they provide access to the type (or st ..."
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. A coalgebra is introduced here as a model of a certain signature consisting of a type X with various "destructor" function symbols, satisfying certain equations. These destructor function symbols are like methods and attributes in objectoriented programming: they provide access to the type (or state) X. We show that the category of such coalgebras and structure preserving functions is comonadic over sets. Therefore we introduce the notion of a `mongruence' (predicate) on a coalgebra. It plays the dual role of a congrence (relation) on an algebra. An algebra is a set together with a number of operations on this set which tell how to form (derived) elements in this set, possibly satisfying some equations. A typical example is a monoid, given by a set M with operations 1 ! M , M \Theta M ! M . Here 1 = f;g is a singleton set. In mathematics one usually considers only singletyped algebras, but in computer science one more naturally uses manytyped algebras like 1 ! list(A), A \Theta l...
Elements Of The General Theory Of Coalgebras
, 1999
"... . Data Structures arising in programming are conveniently modeled by universal algebras. State based and object oriented systems may be described in the same way, but this requires that the state is explicitly modeled as a sort. From the viewpoint of the programmer, however, it is usually intend ..."
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. Data Structures arising in programming are conveniently modeled by universal algebras. State based and object oriented systems may be described in the same way, but this requires that the state is explicitly modeled as a sort. From the viewpoint of the programmer, however, it is usually intended that the state should be "hidden" with only certain features accessible through attributes and methods. States should become equal, if no external observation may distinguish them. It has recently been discovered that state based systems such as transition systems, automata, lazy data structures and objects give rise to structures dual to universal algebra, which are called coalgebras. Equality is replaced by indistinguishability and coinduction replaces induction as proof principle. However, as it turns out, one has to look at universal algebra from a more general perspective (using elementary category theoretic notions) before the dual concept is able to capture the relevant ...