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Applying Universal Algebra to Lambda Calculus
, 2007
"... The aim of this paper is double. From one side we survey the knowledge we have acquired these last ten years about the lattice of all λtheories ( = equational extensions of untyped λcalculus) and the models of lambda calculus via universal algebra. This includes positive or negative answers to se ..."
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The aim of this paper is double. From one side we survey the knowledge we have acquired these last ten years about the lattice of all λtheories ( = equational extensions of untyped λcalculus) and the models of lambda calculus via universal algebra. This includes positive or negative answers to several questions raised in these years as well as several independent results, the state of the art about the longstanding open questions concerning the representability of λtheories as theories of models, and 26 open problems. On the other side, against the common belief, we show that lambda calculus and combinatory logic satisfy interesting algebraic properties. In fact the Stone representation theorem for Boolean algebras can be generalized to combinatory algebras and λabstraction algebras. In every combinatory and λabstraction algebra there is a Boolean algebra of central elements (playing the role of idempotent elements in rings). Central elements are used to represent any combinatory and λabstraction algebra as a weak Boolean product of directly indecomposable algebras (i.e., algebras which cannot be decomposed as the Cartesian product of two other nontrivial algebras). Central elements are also used to provide applications of the representation theorem to lambda calculus. We show that the indecomposable semantics (i.e., the semantics of lambda calculus given in terms of models of lambda calculus, which are directly indecomposable as combinatory algebras) includes the continuous, stable and strongly stable semantics, and the term models of all semisensible λtheories. In one of the main results of the paper we show that the indecomposable semantics is equationally incomplete, and this incompleteness is as wide as possible.
Reflexive Scott domains are not complete for the extensional lambda calculus
"... A longstanding open problem is whether there exists a model of the untyped λcalculus in the category Cpo of complete partial orderings and Scott continuous functions, whose theory is exactly the least λtheory λβ or the least extensional λtheory λβη. In this paper we analyze the class of reflexive ..."
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A longstanding open problem is whether there exists a model of the untyped λcalculus in the category Cpo of complete partial orderings and Scott continuous functions, whose theory is exactly the least λtheory λβ or the least extensional λtheory λβη. In this paper we analyze the class of reflexive Scott domains, the models of λcalculus living in the category of Scott domains (a full subcategory of Cpo). The following are the main results of the paper: (i) Extensional reflexive Scott domains are not complete for the λβηcalculus, i.e., there are equations not in λβη which hold in all extensional reflexive Scott domains. (ii) The order theory of an extensional reflexive Scott domain is never recursively enumerable. These results have been obtained by isolating among the reflexive Scott domains a class of webbed models arising from Scott’s information systems, called iwebmodels. The class of iwebmodels includes all extensional reflexive Scott domains, all preordered coherent models and all filter models living in Cpo. Based on a finegrained study of an “effective” version of Scott’s information systems, we have shown that there are equations not in λβ (resp. λβη) which hold in all (extensional) iwebmodels.
Effective λmodels versus recursively enumerable λtheories
"... A longstanding open problem is whether there exists a nonsyntactical model of the untyped λcalculus whose theory is exactly the least λtheory λβ. In this paper we investigate the more general question of whether the equational/order theory of a model of the untyped λcalculus can be recursively e ..."
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A longstanding open problem is whether there exists a nonsyntactical model of the untyped λcalculus whose theory is exactly the least λtheory λβ. In this paper we investigate the more general question of whether the equational/order theory of a model of the untyped λcalculus can be recursively enumerable (r.e. for brevity). We introduce a notion of effective model of λcalculus, which covers in particular all the models individually introduced in the literature. We prove that the order theory of an effective model is never r.e.; from this it follows that its equational theory cannot be λβ, λβη. We then show that no effective model living in the stable or strongly stable semantics has an r.e. equational theory. Concerning Scott’s semantics, we investigate the class of graph models and prove that no order theory of a graph model can be r.e., and that there exists an effective graph model whose equational/order theory is the minimum among the theories of graph models. Finally, we show that the class of graph models enjoys a kind of downwards LöwenheimSkolem theorem.
Observational Equivalence and Full Abstraction in the Symmetric Interaction Combinators
, 906
"... The symmetric interaction combinators are an equally expressive variant of Lafont’s interaction combinators. They are a graphrewriting model of deterministic computation. We define two notions of observational equivalence for them, analogous to normal form and head normal form equivalence in the la ..."
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The symmetric interaction combinators are an equally expressive variant of Lafont’s interaction combinators. They are a graphrewriting model of deterministic computation. We define two notions of observational equivalence for them, analogous to normal form and head normal form equivalence in the lambdacalculus. Then, we prove a full abstraction result for each of the two equivalences. This is obtained by interpreting nets as certain subsets of the Cantor space, called edifices, which play the same role as Böhm trees in the theory of the lambdacalculus.
Models and theories of λcalculus
, 904
"... Abstract. In this paper we briefly summarize the contents of Manzonetto’s PhD thesis [35] which concerns denotational semantics and equational/order theories of the pure untyped λcalculus. The main research achievements include: (i) a general construction of λmodels from reflexive objects in (poss ..."
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Abstract. In this paper we briefly summarize the contents of Manzonetto’s PhD thesis [35] which concerns denotational semantics and equational/order theories of the pure untyped λcalculus. The main research achievements include: (i) a general construction of λmodels from reflexive objects in (possibly nonwellpointed) categories; (ii) a Stonestyle representation theorem for combinatory algebras; (iii) a proof that no effective λmodel can have λβ or λβη as its equational theory (this can be seen as a partial answer to an open problem introduced by HonsellRonchi Della Rocca in 1984). These results, and others, have been published in three conference papers [36,10,15] and a journal paper [37]; a further journal paper has been submitted [9].