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Coinductive bigstep operational semantics
 In European Symposium on Programming (ESOP 2006
, 2006
"... Abstract. This paper illustrates the use of coinductive definitions and proofs in bigstep operational semantics, enabling the latter to describe diverging evaluations in addition to terminating evaluations. We show applications to proofs of type soundness and to proofs of semantic preservation for ..."
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Abstract. This paper illustrates the use of coinductive definitions and proofs in bigstep operational semantics, enabling the latter to describe diverging evaluations in addition to terminating evaluations. We show applications to proofs of type soundness and to proofs of semantic preservation for compilers. 1
Cyclic Lambda Calculi
, 1997
"... . We precisely characterize a class of cyclic lambdagraphs, and then give a sound and complete axiomatization of the terms that represent a given graph. The equational axiom system is an extension of lambda calculus with the letrec construct. In contrast to current theories, which impose restrictio ..."
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. We precisely characterize a class of cyclic lambdagraphs, and then give a sound and complete axiomatization of the terms that represent a given graph. The equational axiom system is an extension of lambda calculus with the letrec construct. In contrast to current theories, which impose restrictions on where the rewriting can take place, our theory is very liberal, e.g., it allows rewriting under lambdaabstractions and on cycles. As shown previously, the reduction theory is nonconfluent. We thus introduce an approximate notion of confluence. Using this notion we define the infinite normal form or L'evyLongo tree of a cyclic term. We show that the infinite normal form defines a congruence on the set of terms. We relate our cyclic lambda calculus to the traditional lambda calculus and to the infinitary lambda calculus. Since most implementations of nonstrict functional languages rely on sharing to avoid repeating computations, we develop a variant of our calculus that enforces the ...
Productivity of Stream Definitions
, 2008
"... We give an algorithm for deciding productivity of a large and natural class of recursive stream definitions. A stream definition is called ‘productive’ if it can be evaluated continually in such a way that a uniquely determined stream in constructor normal form is obtained as the limit. Whereas prod ..."
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We give an algorithm for deciding productivity of a large and natural class of recursive stream definitions. A stream definition is called ‘productive’ if it can be evaluated continually in such a way that a uniquely determined stream in constructor normal form is obtained as the limit. Whereas productivity is undecidable for stream definitions in general, we show that it can be decided for ‘pure’ stream definitions. For every pure stream definition the process of its evaluation can be modelled by the dataflow of abstract stream elements, called ‘pebbles’, in a finite ‘pebbleflow net(work)’. And the production of a pebbleflow net associated with a pure stream definition, that is, the amount of pebbles the net is able to produce at its output port, can be calculated by reducing nets to trivial nets.
Completeness and Herbrand Theorems for Nominal Logic
 Journal of Symbolic Logic
, 2006
"... Nominal logic is a variant of firstorder logic in which abstract syntax with names and binding is formalized in terms of two basic operations: nameswapping and freshness. It relies on two important principles: equivariance (validity is preserved by nameswapping), and fresh name generation ("ne ..."
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Nominal logic is a variant of firstorder logic in which abstract syntax with names and binding is formalized in terms of two basic operations: nameswapping and freshness. It relies on two important principles: equivariance (validity is preserved by nameswapping), and fresh name generation ("new" or fresh names can always be chosen).
ABSTRACT MODELS OF TRANSFINITE REDUCTIONS
, 2010
"... We investigate transfinite reductions in abstract reduction systems. To this end, we study two abstract models for transfinite reductions: a metric model generalising the usual metric approach to infinitary term rewriting and a novel partial order model. For both models we distinguish between a we ..."
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We investigate transfinite reductions in abstract reduction systems. To this end, we study two abstract models for transfinite reductions: a metric model generalising the usual metric approach to infinitary term rewriting and a novel partial order model. For both models we distinguish between a weak and a strong variant of convergence as known from infinitary term rewriting. Furthermore, we introduce an axiomatic model of reductions that is general enough to cover all of these models of transfinite reductions as well as the ordinary model of finite reductions. It is shown that, in this unifying axiomatic model, many basic relations between termination and confluence properties known from finite reductions still hold. The introduced models are applied to term rewriting but also to term graph rewriting. We can show that for both term rewriting as well as for term graph rewriting the partial order model forms a conservative extension to the metric model.
Correctness of Copy in Calculi with Letrec,
, 2007
"... Abstract. This paper extends the internal frank report 28 as follows: It is shown that for a callbyneed lambda calculus LRCCPλ extending the calculus LRCCλ by por, i.e in a lambdacalculus with letrec, case, constructors, seq and por, copying can be done without restrictions, and also that callby ..."
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Abstract. This paper extends the internal frank report 28 as follows: It is shown that for a callbyneed lambda calculus LRCCPλ extending the calculus LRCCλ by por, i.e in a lambdacalculus with letrec, case, constructors, seq and por, copying can be done without restrictions, and also that callbyneed and callbyname strategies are equivalent w.r.t. contextual equivalence. 1
Innocent Game Models of Untyped λCalculus
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 2000
"... We present a new denotational model for the untyped calculus, using the techniques of game semantics. The strategies used are innocent in the sense of Hyland and Ong [9] and Nickau [17], but the traditional distinction between \question" and \answer" moves is removed. We rst construct models D and ..."
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We present a new denotational model for the untyped calculus, using the techniques of game semantics. The strategies used are innocent in the sense of Hyland and Ong [9] and Nickau [17], but the traditional distinction between \question" and \answer" moves is removed. We rst construct models D and DREC as global sections of a reexive object in the categories A and A REC of arenas and innocent and recursive innocent strategies respectively. We show that these are sensible algebras but are neither extensional nor universal. We then introduce a new representation of innocent strategies in an economical form. We show a strong connexion between the economical form of the denotation of a term in the game models and a variablefree form of the Nakajima tree of the term. Using this we show that the denable elements of DREC are precisely what we call eectively almosteverywhere copycat (EAC) strategies. The category A EAC with these strategies as morphisms gives rise to a model D...
Correctness of copy in calculi with letrec, case and constructors
, 2007
"... Callbyneed lambda calculi with letrec provide a rewritingbased operational semantics for (lazy) callbyname functional languages. These calculi model the sharing behavior during evaluation more closely than letbased calculi that use a fixpoint combinator. In a previous paper we showed that the ..."
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Callbyneed lambda calculi with letrec provide a rewritingbased operational semantics for (lazy) callbyname functional languages. These calculi model the sharing behavior during evaluation more closely than letbased calculi that use a fixpoint combinator. In a previous paper we showed that the copytransformation is correct for the small calculus LRλ. In this paper we demonstrate that the proof method based on a calculus on infinite trees for showing correctness of instantiation operations can be extended to the calculus LRCCλ with case and constructors, and show that copying at compiletime can be done without restrictions. We also show that the callbyneed and callbyname strategies are equivalent w.r.t. contextual equivalence. A consequence is correctness of all the transformations like instantiation, inlining, specialization and common subexpression elimination in LRCCλ. We are confident that the method scales up for proving correctness of copyrelated transformations in nondeterministic lambda calculi if restricted to “deterministic” subterms.
Infinite rewriting: from syntax to semantics
 In Processes, Terms and Cycles: Steps on the Road to Infinity: Essays Dedicated to Jan Willem Klop on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday
, 2005
"... Rewriting is the repeated transformation of a structured object according to a set of rules. This simple concept has turned out to have a rich variety of elaborations, giving rise to many different theoretical frameworks for reasoning about computation. Aside from its theoretical importance, rewriti ..."
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Rewriting is the repeated transformation of a structured object according to a set of rules. This simple concept has turned out to have a rich variety of elaborations, giving rise to many different theoretical frameworks for reasoning about computation. Aside from its theoretical importance, rewriting has also
Weak Convergence and Uniform Normalization in Infinitary Rewriting
 In Proc. 20th Int. Conf. on Rewriting Techniques and Applications (RTA 2009), volume 6 of Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics
, 2010
"... Abstract. We study infinitary term rewriting systems containing finitely many rules. For these, we show that if a weakly convergent reduction is not strongly convergent, it contains a term that reduces to itself in one step (but the step itself need not be part of the reduction). Using this result, ..."
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Abstract. We study infinitary term rewriting systems containing finitely many rules. For these, we show that if a weakly convergent reduction is not strongly convergent, it contains a term that reduces to itself in one step (but the step itself need not be part of the reduction). Using this result, we prove the starkly surprising result that for any orthogonal system with finitely many rules, the system is weakly normalizing under weak convergence iff it is strongly normalizing under weak convergence iff it is weakly normalizing under strong convergence iff it is strongly normalizing under strong convergence. As further corollaries, we derive a number of new results for weakly convergent rewriting: Systems with finitely many rules enjoy unique normal forms, and acyclic orthogonal systems are confluent. Our results suggest that it may be possible to recover some of the positive results for strongly convergent rewriting in the setting of weak convergence, if systems with finitely many rules are considered. Finally, we give a number of counterexamples showing failure of most of the results when infinite sets of rules are allowed. 1.