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A Coinduction Principle for Recursive Data Types Based on Bisimulation
, 1996
"... This paper provides foundations for a reasoning principle (coinduction) for establishing the equality of potentially infinite elements of selfreferencing (or circular) data types. As it is wellknown, such data types not only form the core of the denotational approach to the semantics of programmin ..."
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This paper provides foundations for a reasoning principle (coinduction) for establishing the equality of potentially infinite elements of selfreferencing (or circular) data types. As it is wellknown, such data types not only form the core of the denotational approach to the semantics of programming languages [SS71], but also arise explicitly as recursive data types in functional programming languages like Standard ML [MTH90] or Haskell [HPJW92]. In the latter context, the coinduction principle provides a powerful technique for establishing the equality of programs with values in recursive data types (see examples herein and in [Pit94]).
A Structural CoInduction Theorem
 PROC. MFPS '93, SPRINGER LNCS 802
, 1993
"... The Structural Induction Theorem (Lehmann and Smyth, 1981; Plotkin, 1981) characterizes initial Falgebras of locally continuous functors F on the category of cpo's with strict and continuous maps. Here a dual of that theorem is presented, giving a number of equivalent characterizations of final c ..."
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The Structural Induction Theorem (Lehmann and Smyth, 1981; Plotkin, 1981) characterizes initial Falgebras of locally continuous functors F on the category of cpo's with strict and continuous maps. Here a dual of that theorem is presented, giving a number of equivalent characterizations of final coalgebras of such functors. In particular, final coalgebras are order stronglyextensional (sometimes called internal full abstractness): the order is the union of all (ordered) Fbisimulations. (Since the initial fixed point for locally continuous functors is also final, both theorems apply.) Further a similar coinduction theorem is given for a category of complete metric spaces and locally contracting functors.