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Inductively Defined Types in the Calculus of Constructions
 IN: PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIFTH CONFERENCE ON THE MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS OF PROGRAMMING SEMANTICS. SPRINGER VERLAG LNCS
, 1989
"... We define the notion of an inductively defined type in the Calculus of Constructions and show how inductively defined types can be represented by closed types. We show that all primitive recursive functionals over these inductively defined types are also representable. This generalizes work by Böhm ..."
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We define the notion of an inductively defined type in the Calculus of Constructions and show how inductively defined types can be represented by closed types. We show that all primitive recursive functionals over these inductively defined types are also representable. This generalizes work by Böhm & Berarducci on synthesis of functions on term algebras in the secondorder polymorphiccalculus (F2). We give several applications of this generalization, including a representation of F2programs in F3, along with a definition of functions reify, reflect, and eval for F2 in F3. We also show how to define induction over inductively defined types and sketch some results that show that the extension of the Calculus of Construction by induction principles does not alter the set of functions in its computational fragment, F!. This is because a proof by induction can be realized by primitive recursion, which is already de nable in F!.
Formal Objects in Type Theory Using Very Dependent Types
 In Foundations of Object Oriented Languages 3
, 1996
"... In this paper we present an extension to basic type theory to allow a uniform construction of abstract data types (ADTs) having many of the properties of objects, including abstraction, subtyping, and inheritance. The extension relies on allowing type dependencies for function types to range over ..."
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In this paper we present an extension to basic type theory to allow a uniform construction of abstract data types (ADTs) having many of the properties of objects, including abstraction, subtyping, and inheritance. The extension relies on allowing type dependencies for function types to range over a wellfounded domain. Using the propositionsastypes correspondence, abstract data types can be identified with logical theories, and proofs of the theories are the objects that inhabit the corresponding ADT. 1 Introduction In the past decade, there has been considerable progress in developing formal account of a theory of objects. One property of object oriented languages that make them popular is that they attack the problem of scale: all object oriented languages provide mechanisms for providing software modularity and reuse. In addition, the mechanisms are intuitive enough to be followed easily by novice programmers. During the same decade, the body of formal mathematics has be...
Foundations for the Implementation of HigherOrder Subtyping
, 1997
"... We show how to implement a calculus with higherorder subtyping and subkinding by replacing uses of implicit subsumption with explicit coercions. To ensure this can be done, a polymorphic function is adjusted to take, as an additional argument, a proof that its type constructor argument has the desi ..."
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We show how to implement a calculus with higherorder subtyping and subkinding by replacing uses of implicit subsumption with explicit coercions. To ensure this can be done, a polymorphic function is adjusted to take, as an additional argument, a proof that its type constructor argument has the desired kind. Such a proof is extracted from the derivation of a kinding judgement and may in turn require proof coercions, which are extracted from subkinding judgements. This technique is formalized as a typedirected translation from a calculus of higherorder subtyping to a subtypingfree calculus. This translation generalizes an existing result for secondorder subtyping calculi (such as F ). We also discuss two interpretations of subtyping, one that views it as type inclusion and another that views it as the existence of a wellbehaved coercion, and we show, by a typetheoretic construction, that our translation is the minimum consequence of shifting from the inclusion interpretation to th...
A Predicative TypeTheoretic Interpretation of Objects
, 1997
"... Predicative type theories are powerful tools for giving foundational interpretations of programming languages. Due to their explicit inductive construction, predicative type theories have multiple mathematical models that provide precise definitions of programming language features. However, not all ..."
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Predicative type theories are powerful tools for giving foundational interpretations of programming languages. Due to their explicit inductive construction, predicative type theories have multiple mathematical models that provide precise definitions of programming language features. However, not all features have predicative interpretations, and current interpretations of objects rely on impredicative type theories, such as Girard's System F, because of the difficulty in specifying a type for objects in the presence of selfapplication. In this paper we show that objects have a predicative interpretation. We show that predicativity is associated with method monotonicity, and that binary methods prevent the inductive type construction. Our interpretation differs from impredicative accounts by replacing the use of recursive types for objects with conditions for method polymorphism over the self type. We further give a propositional meaning to objects in the type theory, providing a calc...
Decidability Extracted: SYNTHESIZING “CORRECTBYCONSTRUCTION” DECISION PROCEDURES FROM CONSTRUCTIVE PROOFS
, 1998
"... The topic of this thesis is the extraction of efficient and readable programs from formal constructive proofs of decidability. The proof methods employed to generate the efficient code are new and result in clean and readable Nuprl extracts for two nontrivial programs. They are based on the use of ..."
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The topic of this thesis is the extraction of efficient and readable programs from formal constructive proofs of decidability. The proof methods employed to generate the efficient code are new and result in clean and readable Nuprl extracts for two nontrivial programs. They are based on the use of Nuprl’s set type and techniques for extracting efficient programs from induction principles. The constructive formal theories required to express the decidability theorems are of independent interest. They formally circumscribe the mathematical knowledge needed to understand the derived algorithms. The formal theories express concepts that are taught at the senior college level. The decidability proofs themselves, depending on this material, are of interest and are presented in some detail. The proof of decidability of classical propositional logic is relative to a semantics based on Kleene’s strong threevalued logic. The constructive proof of intuitionistic decidability presented here is the first machine formalization of this proof. Theexposition reveals aspects of the Nuprl tactic collection relevant to the creation of readable proofs; clear extracts and efficient code are illustrated in the discussion of the proofs.