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An Inductive View of Graph Transformation
 In Workshop on Algebraic Development Techniques
, 1998
"... . The dynamic behavior of rulebased systems (like term rewriting systems [24], process algebras [27], and so on) can be traditionally determined in two orthogonal ways. Either operationally, in the sense that a way of embedding a rule into a state is devised, stating explicitly how the result i ..."
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. The dynamic behavior of rulebased systems (like term rewriting systems [24], process algebras [27], and so on) can be traditionally determined in two orthogonal ways. Either operationally, in the sense that a way of embedding a rule into a state is devised, stating explicitly how the result is built: This is the role played by (the application of) a substitution in term rewriting. Or inductively, showing how to build the class of all possible reductions from a set of basic ones: For term rewriting, this is the usual definition of the rewrite relation as the minimal closure of the rewrite rules. As far as graph transformation is concerned, the operational view is by far more popular: In this paper we lay the basis for the orthogonal view. We first provide an inductive description for graphs as arrows of a freely generated dgsmonoidal category. We then apply 2categorical techniques, already known for term and term graph rewriting [29, 7], recasting in this framework the...
Rational Term Rewriting
, 1998
"... . Rational terms (possibly infinite terms with finitely many subterms) can be represented in a finite way via terms, that is, terms over a signature extended with selfinstantiation operators. For example, f ! = f(f(f(: : :))) can be represented as x :f(x) (or also as x :f(f(x)), f(x :f(x)), ..."
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. Rational terms (possibly infinite terms with finitely many subterms) can be represented in a finite way via terms, that is, terms over a signature extended with selfinstantiation operators. For example, f ! = f(f(f(: : :))) can be represented as x :f(x) (or also as x :f(f(x)), f(x :f(x)), . . . ). Now, if we reduce a term t to s via a rewriting rule using standard notions of the theory of Term Rewriting Systems, how are the rational terms corresponding to t and to s related? We answer to this question in a satisfactory way, resorting to the definition of infinite parallel rewriting proposed in [7]. We also provide a simple, algebraic description of term rewriting through a variation of Meseguer's Rewriting Logic formalism. 1 Introduction Rational terms are possibly infinite terms with a finite set of subterms. They show up in a natural way in Theoretical Computer Science whenever some finite cyclic structures are of concern (for example data flow diagrams, cyclic te...
Categorical rewriting of termlike structures 1 Abstract
"... The article surveys a recent series of papers by the authors investigating the categorical foundations of various rulebased formalisms. The starting point is the wellknown representation of term rewriting systems as cartesian 2categories, based on the characterization of finite terms as arrows of ..."
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The article surveys a recent series of papers by the authors investigating the categorical foundations of various rulebased formalisms. The starting point is the wellknown representation of term rewriting systems as cartesian 2categories, based on the characterization of finite terms as arrows of a Lawvere theory. We first show that many termlike structures (including cyclic term graphs, µterms and rational terms) can be characterized as arrows of suitable theories. Next we represent rules as cells over a theory, and we show that the free 2category generated by these cells faithfully represents the rewrite sequences of the original rewriting system. Key words: Term graphs; rational terms; µterms; term graph rewriting; algebraic, gsmonoidal, traced monoidal and iteration theories; 2theories. 1