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ParameterPassing and the Lambda Calculus
, 1991
"... The choice of a parameterpassing technique is an important decision in the design of a highlevel programming language. To clarify some of the semantic aspects of the decision, we develop, analyze, and compare modifications of the calculus for the most common parameterpassing techniques, i.e., ca ..."
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The choice of a parameterpassing technique is an important decision in the design of a highlevel programming language. To clarify some of the semantic aspects of the decision, we develop, analyze, and compare modifications of the calculus for the most common parameterpassing techniques, i.e., callbyvalue and callbyname combined with passbyworth and passby reference, respectively. More specifically, for each parameterpassing technique we provide 1. a program rewriting semantics for a language with sideeffects and firstclass procedures based on the respective parameterpassing technique; 2. an equational theory that is derived from the rewriting semantics in a uniform manner; 3. a formal analysis of the correspondence between the calculus and the semantics; and 4. a strong normalization theorem for the imperative fragment of the theory (when applicable). A comparison of the various systems reveals that Algol's callbyname indeed satisfies the wellknown fi rule of the orig...
Cyclic Lambda Graph Rewriting
 In Proceedings, Ninth Annual IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
, 1994
"... This paper is concerned with the study of cyclic  graphs. The starting point is to treat a graph as a system of recursion equations involving terms, and to manipulate such systems in an unrestricted manner, using equational logic, just as is possible for firstorder term rewriting. Surprisingly, ..."
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This paper is concerned with the study of cyclic  graphs. The starting point is to treat a graph as a system of recursion equations involving terms, and to manipulate such systems in an unrestricted manner, using equational logic, just as is possible for firstorder term rewriting. Surprisingly, now the confluence property breaks down in an essential way. Confluence can be restored by introducing a restraining mechanism on the `copying' operation. This leads to a family of graph calculi, which are inspired by the family of oecalculi (calculi with explicit substitution) . However, these concern acyclic expressions only. In this paper we are not concerned with optimality questions for acyclic reduction. We also indicate how Wadsworth's interpreter can be simulated in the graph rewrite rules that we propose. Introduction As shown in recent years, firstorder orthogonal term rewriting [8, 19] has quite pleasant confluent extensions to the case where cycles are admitted (term grap...