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From Rewrite Rules to Bisimulation Congruences
 THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1998
"... The dynamics of many calculi can be most clearly defined by a reduction semantics. To work with a calculus, however, an understanding of operational congruences is fundamental; these can often be given tractable definitions or characterisations using a labelled transition semantics. This paper consi ..."
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The dynamics of many calculi can be most clearly defined by a reduction semantics. To work with a calculus, however, an understanding of operational congruences is fundamental; these can often be given tractable definitions or characterisations using a labelled transition semantics. This paper considers calculi with arbitrary reduction semantics of three simple classes, firstly ground term rewriting, then leftlinear term rewriting, and then a class which is essentially the action calculi lacking substantive name binding. General definitions of labelled transitions are given in each case, uniformly in the set of rewrite rules, and without requiring the prescription of additional notions of observation. They give rise to bisimulation congruences. As a test of the theory it is shown that bisimulation for a fragment of CCS is recovered. The transitions generated for a fragment of the Ambient Calculus of Cardelli and Gordon, and for SKI combinators, are also discussed briefly.
HigherOrder Rewriting
 12th Int. Conf. on Rewriting Techniques and Applications, LNCS 2051
, 1999
"... This paper will appear in the proceedings of the 10th international conference on rewriting techniques and applications (RTA'99). c flSpringer Verlag. ..."
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This paper will appear in the proceedings of the 10th international conference on rewriting techniques and applications (RTA'99). c flSpringer Verlag.
Nominal rewriting
 Information and Computation
"... Nominal rewriting is based on the observation that if we add support for alphaequivalence to firstorder syntax using the nominalset approach, then systems with binding, including higherorder reduction schemes such as lambdacalculus betareduction, can be smoothly represented. Nominal rewriting ma ..."
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Nominal rewriting is based on the observation that if we add support for alphaequivalence to firstorder syntax using the nominalset approach, then systems with binding, including higherorder reduction schemes such as lambdacalculus betareduction, can be smoothly represented. Nominal rewriting maintains a strict distinction between variables of the objectlanguage (atoms) and of the metalanguage (variables or unknowns). Atoms may be bound by a special abstraction operation, but variables cannot be bound, giving the framework a pronounced firstorder character, since substitution of terms for variables is not captureavoiding. We show how good properties of firstorder rewriting survive the extension, by giving an efficient rewriting algorithm, a critical pair lemma, and a confluence theorem
Standardization and Confluence for a Lambda Calculus with Generalized Applications
, 2000
"... As a minimal environment for the study of permutative reductions an extension LambdaJ of the untyped lambdacalculus is considered. In this nonterminating system with nontrivial critical pairs, conuence is established by studying triangle properties that allow to treat permutative reductions modul ..."
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As a minimal environment for the study of permutative reductions an extension LambdaJ of the untyped lambdacalculus is considered. In this nonterminating system with nontrivial critical pairs, conuence is established by studying triangle properties that allow to treat permutative reductions modularly and could be extended to more complex term systems with permutations. Standardization is shown by means of an inductive definition of standard reduction that closely follows the inductive term structure and captures the intuitive notion of standardness even for permutative reductions.
Finite Family Developments
"... Associate to a rewrite system R having rules l → r, its labelled version R ω having rules l ◦ m+1 → r • , for any natural number m m ∈ ω. These rules roughly express that a lefthand side l carrying labels all larger than m can be replaced by its righthand side r carrying labels all smaller than o ..."
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Associate to a rewrite system R having rules l → r, its labelled version R ω having rules l ◦ m+1 → r • , for any natural number m m ∈ ω. These rules roughly express that a lefthand side l carrying labels all larger than m can be replaced by its righthand side r carrying labels all smaller than or equal to m. A rewrite system R enjoys finite family developments (FFD) if R ω is terminating. We show that the class of higher order pattern rewrite systems enjoys FFD, extending earlier results for the lambda calculus and first order term rewrite systems.
Discrete Normalization and Standardization in Deterministic Residual Structures
 In ALP '96 [ALP96
, 1996
"... . We prove a version of the Standardization Theorem and the Discrete Normalization (DN) Theorem in stable Deterministic Residual Structures, which are Abstract Reduction Systems with axiomatized residual relation, and model orthogonal rewrite systems. The latter theorem gives a strategy for construc ..."
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. We prove a version of the Standardization Theorem and the Discrete Normalization (DN) Theorem in stable Deterministic Residual Structures, which are Abstract Reduction Systems with axiomatized residual relation, and model orthogonal rewrite systems. The latter theorem gives a strategy for construction of reductions L'evyequivalent (or permutationequivalent) to a given, finite or infinite, regular (or semilinear) reduction, based on the neededness concept of Huet and L'evy. This and other results of this paper add to the understanding of L'evyequivalence of reductions, and consequently, L'evy's reduction space. We demonstrate how elements of this space can be used to give denotational semantics to known functional languages in an abstract manner. 1 Introduction Long ago, Curry and Feys [CuFe58] proved that repeated contraction of leftmostoutermost redexes in any normalizable term eventually yields its normal form, even if the term possesses infinite reductions as well. The reaso...
Normalisation in Weakly Orthogonal Rewriting
, 1999
"... . A rewrite sequence is said to be outermostfair if every outermost redex occurrence is eventually eliminated. Outermostfair rewriting is known to be (head)normalising for almost orthogonal rewrite systems. In this paper we study (head)normalisation for the larger class of weakly orthogonal rewr ..."
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. A rewrite sequence is said to be outermostfair if every outermost redex occurrence is eventually eliminated. Outermostfair rewriting is known to be (head)normalising for almost orthogonal rewrite systems. In this paper we study (head)normalisation for the larger class of weakly orthogonal rewrite systems. Normalisation is established and a counterexample against headnormalisation is provided. Nevertheless, infinitary normalisation, which is usually obtained as a corollary of headnormalisation, is shown to hold. 1 Introduction The term f(a) in the term rewrite system fa ! a; f(x) ! bg can be rewritten to normal form b, but is also the starting point of the infinite rewrite sequence f(a) ! f(a) ! : : :. It is then of interest to design a normalising strategy, i.e. a restriction on rewriting which guarantees to reach a normal form if one can be reached. How to design a normalising strategy? Observe that in the example the normal form b was reached by contracting the redex closest...
Perpetuality and Uniform Normalization in Orthogonal Rewrite Systems
 INFORMATION AND COMPUTATION
"... We present two characterizations of perpetual redexes, which are redexes whose contractions retain the possibility of infinite reductions. These characterizations generalize and strengthen existing criteria for the perpetuality of redexes in orthogonal Term Rewriting Systems and the calculus due ..."
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We present two characterizations of perpetual redexes, which are redexes whose contractions retain the possibility of infinite reductions. These characterizations generalize and strengthen existing criteria for the perpetuality of redexes in orthogonal Term Rewriting Systems and the calculus due to Bergstra and Klop, and others. To unify our results with those in the literature, we introduce Contextsensitive Conditional Expression Reduction Systems (CCERSs) and prove confluence for orthogonal CCERSs. We then define a perpetual onestep reduction strategy which enables one to construct minimal (w.r.t. Levy's permutation ordering on reductions) infinite reductions in orthogonal CCERSs. We then prove (1) perpetuality (in a specific context) of a redex whose contraction does not erase potentially infinite arguments, which are possibly finite (i.e., strongly normalizable) arguments that may become infinite after a number of outside steps, and (2) perpetuality (in every con...
Perpetual Reductions in λCalculus
, 1999
"... This paper surveys a part of the theory of fireduction in λcalculus which might aptly be called perpetual reductions. The theory is concerned with perpetual reduction strategies, i.e., reduction strategies that compute infinite reduction paths from λterms (when possible), and with perpetual r ..."
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This paper surveys a part of the theory of fireduction in λcalculus which might aptly be called perpetual reductions. The theory is concerned with perpetual reduction strategies, i.e., reduction strategies that compute infinite reduction paths from λterms (when possible), and with perpetual redexes, i.e., redexes whose contraction in λterms preserves the possibility (when present) of infinite reduction paths. The survey not only recasts classical theorems in a unified setting, but also offers new results, proofs, and techniques, as well as a number of applications to problems in λcalculus and type theory.