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Power Domain Constructions
 SCIENCE OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
, 1998
"... The variety of power domain constructions proposed in the literature is put into a general algebraic framework. Power constructions are considered algebras on a higher level: for every ground domain, there is a power domain whose algebraic structure is specified by means of axioms concerning the alg ..."
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The variety of power domain constructions proposed in the literature is put into a general algebraic framework. Power constructions are considered algebras on a higher level: for every ground domain, there is a power domain whose algebraic structure is specified by means of axioms concerning the algebraic properties of the basic operations empty set, union, singleton, and extension of functions. A host of derived operations is introduced and investigated algebraically. Every power construction is shown to be equipped with a characteristic semiring such that the resulting power domains become semiring modules. Power homomorphisms are introduced as a means to relate different power constructions. They also allow to define the notion of initial and final constructions for a fixed characteristic semiring. Such initial and final constructions are shown to exist for every semiring, and their basic properties are derived. Finally, the known power constructions are put into the general framewo...
Probabilistic Domains
 in Proc. CAAP ’94, LNCS
, 1997
"... We show the equivalence of several different axiomatizations of the notion of (abstract) probabilistic domain in the category of dcpo's and continuous functions. The axiomatization with the richest set of operations provides probabilistic selection among a finite number of possibilities with arbitr ..."
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We show the equivalence of several different axiomatizations of the notion of (abstract) probabilistic domain in the category of dcpo's and continuous functions. The axiomatization with the richest set of operations provides probabilistic selection among a finite number of possibilities with arbitrary probabilities, whereas the poorest one has binary choice with equal probabilities as the only operation. The remaining theories lie in between; one of them is the theory of binary choice by Graham [1]. 1 Introduction A probabilistic programming language could contain different kinds of language constructs to express probabilistic choice. In a rather poor language, there might be a construct x \Phi y, whose semantics is a choice between the two possibilities x and y with equal probabilities 1=2. The `possibilities' x and y can be statements in an imperative language or expressions in a functional language. A quite rich language could contain a construct [p 1 : x 1 ; : : : ; p n : x n ],...
Power Domains and Second Order Predicates
 THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1993
"... Lower, upper, sandwich, mixed, and convex power domains are isomorphic to domains of second order predicates mapping predicates on the ground domain to logical values in a semiring. The various power domains differ in the nature of the underlying semiring logic and in logical constraints on the seco ..."
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Lower, upper, sandwich, mixed, and convex power domains are isomorphic to domains of second order predicates mapping predicates on the ground domain to logical values in a semiring. The various power domains differ in the nature of the underlying semiring logic and in logical constraints on the second order predicates.
Observable Modules and Power Domain Constructions
 Semantics of Programming Languages and Model Theory, volume 5 of Algebra, Logic, and Applications
, 1993
"... An Rmodule M is observable iff all its elements can be distinguished by observing them by means of linear morphisms from M to R. We show that free observable Rmodules can be explicitly described as the cores of the final power domains with characteristic semiring R. Then, the general theory is ap ..."
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An Rmodule M is observable iff all its elements can be distinguished by observing them by means of linear morphisms from M to R. We show that free observable Rmodules can be explicitly described as the cores of the final power domains with characteristic semiring R. Then, the general theory is applied to the cases of the lower and the upper semiring. All lower modules are observable, whereas there are nonobservable upper modules. Accordingly, all known lower power constructions coincide, whereas there are at least three different upper power constructions. We show that they coincide for continuous ground domains, but differ on more general domains. 1 Introduction A power domain construction maps every domain X into a socalled power domain over X whose points represent sets of points of the ground domain. Power domain constructions were originally proposed to model the semantics of nondeterministic programming languages [Plo76, Smy78, HP79, Mai85]. Other motivations are the sema...