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Mongruences and Cofree Coalgebras
 Algebraic Methods and Software Technology, number 936 in Lect. Notes Comp. Sci
, 1995
"... . A coalgebra is introduced here as a model of a certain signature consisting of a type X with various "destructor" function symbols, satisfying certain equations. These destructor function symbols are like methods and attributes in objectoriented programming: they provide access to the type (or st ..."
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. A coalgebra is introduced here as a model of a certain signature consisting of a type X with various "destructor" function symbols, satisfying certain equations. These destructor function symbols are like methods and attributes in objectoriented programming: they provide access to the type (or state) X. We show that the category of such coalgebras and structure preserving functions is comonadic over sets. Therefore we introduce the notion of a `mongruence' (predicate) on a coalgebra. It plays the dual role of a congrence (relation) on an algebra. An algebra is a set together with a number of operations on this set which tell how to form (derived) elements in this set, possibly satisfying some equations. A typical example is a monoid, given by a set M with operations 1 ! M , M \Theta M ! M . Here 1 = f;g is a singleton set. In mathematics one usually considers only singletyped algebras, but in computer science one more naturally uses manytyped algebras like 1 ! list(A), A \Theta l...