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Axioms for Definability and Full Completeness
 in Proof, Language and Interaction: Essays in Honour of Robin
, 2000
"... ion problem for PCF (see [BCL86, Cur93, Ong95] for surveys). The importance of full abstraction for the semantics of programming languages is that it is one of the few quality filters we have. Specifically, it provides a clear criterion for assessing how definitive a semantic analysis of some langu ..."
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ion problem for PCF (see [BCL86, Cur93, Ong95] for surveys). The importance of full abstraction for the semantics of programming languages is that it is one of the few quality filters we have. Specifically, it provides a clear criterion for assessing how definitive a semantic analysis of some language is. It must be admitted that to date the quest for fully abstract models has not yielded many obvious applications; but it has generated much of the deepest work in semantics. Perhaps it is early days yet. Recently, game semantics has been used to give the first syntaxindependent constructions of fully abstract models for a number of programming languages, including PCF [AJM96, HO96, Nic94], richer functional languages [AM95, McC96b, McC96a, HY97], and languages with nonfunctional features such as reference types and nonlocal control constructs [AM97c, AM97b, AM97a, Lai97]. A noteworthy feature is that the key definability results for the richer languages are proved by a reduction to...
Towards Hilbert's 24th Problem: Combinatorial Proof Invariants
, 2006
"... Proofs Without Syntax [37] introduced polynomialtime checkable combinatorial proofs for classical propositional logic. This sequel approaches Hilbert’s 24 th Problem with combinatorial proofs as abstract invariants for sequent calculus proofs, analogous to homotopy groups as abstract invariants for ..."
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Proofs Without Syntax [37] introduced polynomialtime checkable combinatorial proofs for classical propositional logic. This sequel approaches Hilbert’s 24 th Problem with combinatorial proofs as abstract invariants for sequent calculus proofs, analogous to homotopy groups as abstract invariants for topological spaces. The paper lifts a simple, strongly normalising cut elimination from combinatorial proofs to sequent calculus, factorising away the mechanical commutations of structural rules which litter traditional syntactic cut elimination. Sequent calculus fails to be surjective onto combinatorial proofs: the paper extracts a semantically motivated closure of sequent calculus from which there is a surjection, pointing towards an abstract combinatorial refinement of Herbrand’s theorem.
Completeness
, 2003
"... Abstract We prove a full completeness theorem for multiplicativeadditive linear logic (i.e. MALL) using a double gluing construction applied to Ehrhard's \Lambdaautonomous category of hypercoherences. This is the first nongametheoretic full completeness theorem for this fragment. Our main r ..."
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Abstract We prove a full completeness theorem for multiplicativeadditive linear logic (i.e. MALL) using a double gluing construction applied to Ehrhard's \Lambdaautonomous category of hypercoherences. This is the first nongametheoretic full completeness theorem for this fragment. Our main result is that every dinatural transformation between definable functors arises from the denotation of a cutfree MALL proof. Our proof consists of three steps. We show: ffl Dinatural transformations on this category satisfy Joyal's softness property for products and coproducts. ffl Softness, together with multiplicative full completeness, guarantees that every