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Sequential algorithms and strongly stable functions
 in the Linear Summer School, Azores
, 2003
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Notions of computability at higher types I
 In Logic Colloquium 2000
, 2005
"... We discuss the conceptual problem of identifying the natural notions of computability at higher types (over the natural numbers). We argue for an eclectic approach, in which one considers a wide range of possible approaches to defining higher type computability and then looks for regularities. As a ..."
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We discuss the conceptual problem of identifying the natural notions of computability at higher types (over the natural numbers). We argue for an eclectic approach, in which one considers a wide range of possible approaches to defining higher type computability and then looks for regularities. As a first step in this programme, we give an extended survey of the di#erent strands of research on higher type computability to date, bringing together material from recursion theory, constructive logic and computer science. The paper thus serves as a reasonably complete overview of the literature on higher type computability. Two sequel papers will be devoted to developing a more systematic account of the material reviewed here.
The sensible graph theories of lambda calculus
 IN: 19TH ANNUAL IEEE SYMPOSIUM ON LOGIC IN COMPUTER SCIENCE (LICS’04), IEEE COMPUTER
, 2004
"... Sensible λtheories are equational extensions of the untyped lambda calculus that equate all the unsolvable λterms and are closed under derivation. A longstanding open problem in lambda calculus is whether there exists a nonsyntactic model whose equational theory is the least sensible λtheory H (g ..."
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Sensible λtheories are equational extensions of the untyped lambda calculus that equate all the unsolvable λterms and are closed under derivation. A longstanding open problem in lambda calculus is whether there exists a nonsyntactic model whose equational theory is the least sensible λtheory H (generated by equating all the unsolvable terms). A related question is whether, given a class of models, there exist a minimal and maximal sensible λtheory represented by it. In this paper we give a positive answer to this question for the semantics of lambda calculus given in terms of graph models. We conjecture that the least sensible graph theory, where “graph theory ” means “λtheory of a graph model”, is equal to H, while in the main result of the paper we characterize the greatest sensible graph theory as the λtheory B generated by equating λterms with the same Böhm tree. This result is a consequence of the fact that all the equations between solvable λterms, which have different Böhm trees, fail in every sensible graph model. Further results of the paper are: (i) the existence of a continuum of different sensible graph theories strictly included in B (this result positively answers Question 2 in [7, Section 6.3]); (ii) the nonexistence of a graph model whose equational theory is exactly the minimal lambda theory λβ (this result negatively answers Question 1 in [7, Section 6.2] for the restricted class of graph models).
Boolean algebras for lambda calculus
 21TH ANNUAL IEEE SYMPOSIUM ON LOGIC IN COMPUTER SCIENCE (LICS 2006), IEEE COMPUTER
, 2006
"... In this paper we show that the Stone representation theorem for Boolean algebras can be generalized to combinatory algebras. In every combinatory algebra there is a Boolean algebra of central elements (playing the role of idempotent elements in rings), whose operations are defined by suitable combin ..."
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In this paper we show that the Stone representation theorem for Boolean algebras can be generalized to combinatory algebras. In every combinatory algebra there is a Boolean algebra of central elements (playing the role of idempotent elements in rings), whose operations are defined by suitable combinators. Central elements are used to represent any combinatory algebra as a Boolean product of directly indecomposable combinatory 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 lambda theories. 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: for every recursively enumerable lambda theory T, there is a continuum of lambda theories including T which are omitted by the indecomposable semantics.
The Minimal Graph Model of Lambda Calculus
"... A longstanding open problem in lambdacalculus, raised by G.Plotkin, is whether there exists a continuous model of the untyped lambdacalculus whose theory is exactly the betatheory or the betaetatheory. A related question, raised recently by C.Berline, is whether, given a class of lambdamode ..."
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A longstanding open problem in lambdacalculus, raised by G.Plotkin, is whether there exists a continuous model of the untyped lambdacalculus whose theory is exactly the betatheory or the betaetatheory. A related question, raised recently by C.Berline, is whether, given a class of lambdamodels, there is a minimal equational theory represented by it.
Lambda theories of effective lambda models
 In 16th EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science and Logic (CSL’07), LNCS
, 2007
"... Abstract. 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 recu ..."
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Abstract. 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 one. Finally, we show that the class of graph models enjoys a kind of downwards LöwenheimSkolem theorem.
Degrees of Parallelism in the Continuous Type Hierarchy
, 1995
"... A degree of parallelism is an equivalence class of Scottcontinuous functions which are relatively definable each other with respect to the language PCF (a paradigmatic sequential language). We introduce an infinite ("bidimensional") hierarchy of degrees. This hierarchy is inspired by a representat ..."
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A degree of parallelism is an equivalence class of Scottcontinuous functions which are relatively definable each other with respect to the language PCF (a paradigmatic sequential language). We introduce an infinite ("bidimensional") hierarchy of degrees. This hierarchy is inspired by a representation of first order continuous functions by means of a class of hypergraphs. We assume some familiarity with the language PCF and with its continuous model. Keywords: sequentiality, stability, strong stability, logical relations, sequentiality relations. 1 Introduction A natural notion of relative definability in the continuous type hierarchy is given by the following definition: Definition 1 Given two continuous functions f and g, we say that f is less parallel than g (f par g) if there exists a PCFterm M such that [jM j]g = f . A degree of parallelism is a class of the equivalence relation associated to the preorder par . In this paper we deal with degrees of parallelism of first ord...
Comparing Hierarchies of Types in Models of Linear Logic
, 2003
"... We show that two models M and N of linear logic collapse to the same extensional hierarchy of types, when (1) their monoidal categories C and D are related by a pair of monoidal functors F : C D : G and transformations Id C ) GF and Id D ) FG, and (2) their exponentials ! are related by distri ..."
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We show that two models M and N of linear logic collapse to the same extensional hierarchy of types, when (1) their monoidal categories C and D are related by a pair of monoidal functors F : C D : G and transformations Id C ) GF and Id D ) FG, and (2) their exponentials ! are related by distributive laws % : ! : ! M G ) G ! N commuting to the promotion rule. The key ingredient of the proof is a notion of backandforth translation between the hierarchies of types induced by M and N. We apply this result to compare (1) the qualitative and the quantitative hierarchies induced by the coherence (or hypercoherence) space model, (2) several paradigms of games semantics: errorfree vs. erroraware, alternated vs. nonalternated, backtracking vs. repetitive, uniform vs. nonuniform.
What is a Categorical Model of the Differential and the Resource λCalculi?
"... The differential λcalculus is a paradigmatic functional programming language endowed with a syntactical differentiation operator that allows to apply a program to an argument in a linear way. One of the main features of this language is that it is resource conscious and gives the programmer suitab ..."
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The differential λcalculus is a paradigmatic functional programming language endowed with a syntactical differentiation operator that allows to apply a program to an argument in a linear way. One of the main features of this language is that it is resource conscious and gives the programmer suitable primitives to handle explicitly the resources used by a program during its execution. The differential operator also allows to write the full Taylor expansion of a program. Through this expansion every program can be decomposed into an infinite sum (representing nondeterministic choice) of ‘simpler’ programs that are strictly linear. The aim of this paper is to develop an abstract ‘model theory ’ for the untyped differential λcalculus. In particular, we investigate what should be a general categorical definition of denotational model for this calculus. Starting from the work of Blute, Cockett and Seely on differential categories we provide the notion of Cartesian closed differential category and we prove that linear reflexive objects living in such categories constitute sound models of the untyped differential λcalculus. We also give sufficient conditions for Cartesian closed differential categories to model the Taylor expansion. This entails that every model living in such categories equates all programs having the same full Taylor expansion. We then
Easiness in graph models
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1993
"... We generalize Baeten and Boerboom’s method of forcing, and apply this to show that there is a fixed sequence (uk)k∈ω of closed (untyped) λterms satisfying the following properties: a) For any countable sequence (gk)k∈ω of continuous functions (of arbitrary arity) on the power set of an arbitrary co ..."
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We generalize Baeten and Boerboom’s method of forcing, and apply this to show that there is a fixed sequence (uk)k∈ω of closed (untyped) λterms satisfying the following properties: a) For any countable sequence (gk)k∈ω of continuous functions (of arbitrary arity) on the power set of an arbitrary countable set, there is a graph model such that (λx.xx)(λx.xx)uk represents gk in the model. b) For any countable sequence (tk)k∈ω of closed λterms there is a graph model that satisfies (λx.xx)(λx.xx)uk = tk for all k. We apply these two results to show the existence of 1. a finitely axiomatized λtheory L such that the interval lattice constituted by the λtheories extending L is distributive; 2. a continuum of pairwise inconsistent graph theories ( = λtheories that can be realized as theories of graph models); 3. a congruence distributive variety of combinatory algebras (lambda