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Five axioms of alphaconversion
 Ninth international Conference on Theorem Proving in Higher Order Logics TPHOL
, 1996
"... Abstract. We present five axioms of namecarrying lambdaterms identified up to alphaconversion—that is, up to renaming of bound variables. We assume constructors for constants, variables, application and lambdaabstraction. Other constants represent a function Fv that returns the set of free variab ..."
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Abstract. We present five axioms of namecarrying lambdaterms identified up to alphaconversion—that is, up to renaming of bound variables. We assume constructors for constants, variables, application and lambdaabstraction. Other constants represent a function Fv that returns the set of free variables in a term and a function that substitutes a term for a variable free in another term. Our axioms are (1) equations relating Fv and each constructor, (2) equations relating substitution and each constructor, (3) alphaconversion itself, (4) unique existence of functions on lambdaterms defined by structural iteration, and (5) construction of lambdaabstractions given certain functions from variables to terms. By building a model from de Bruijn’s nameless lambdaterms, we show that our five axioms are a conservative extension of HOL. Theorems provable from the axioms include distinctness, injectivity and an exhaustion principle for the constructors, principles of structural induction and primitive recursion on lambdaterms, Hindley and Seldin’s substitution lemmas and