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Semicontinuous sized types and termination
 In Zoltán Ésik, editor, Computer Science Logic, 20th International Workshop, CSL 2006, 15th Annual Conference of the EACSL
"... Abstract. Some typebased approaches to termination use sized types: an ordinal bound for the size of a data structure is stored in its type. A recursive function over a sized type is accepted if it is visible in the type system that recursive calls occur just at a smaller size. This approach is onl ..."
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Abstract. Some typebased approaches to termination use sized types: an ordinal bound for the size of a data structure is stored in its type. A recursive function over a sized type is accepted if it is visible in the type system that recursive calls occur just at a smaller size. This approach is only sound if the type of the recursive function is admissible, i.e., depends on the size index in a certain way. To explore the space of admissible functions in the presence of higherkinded data types and impredicative polymorphism, a semantics is developed where sized types are interpreted as functions from ordinals into sets of strongly normalizing terms. It is shown that upper semicontinuity of such functions is a sufficient semantic criterion for admissibility. To provide a syntactical criterion, a calculus for semicontinuous functions is developed. 1.
Implementing a Normalizer Using Sized Heterogeneous Types
 Journal of Functional Programming, MSFP’06 special issue
"... In the simplytyped lambdacalculus, a hereditary substitution replaces a free variable in a normal form r by another normal form s of type a, removing freshly created redexes on the fly. It can be defined by lexicographic induction on a and r, thus, giving rise to a structurally recursive normalize ..."
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In the simplytyped lambdacalculus, a hereditary substitution replaces a free variable in a normal form r by another normal form s of type a, removing freshly created redexes on the fly. It can be defined by lexicographic induction on a and r, thus, giving rise to a structurally recursive normalizer for the simplytyped lambdacalculus. We generalize this scheme to simultaneous substitutions, preserving its simple termination argument. We further implement hereditary simultaneous substitutions in a functional programming language with sized heterogeneous inductive types, Fωb, arriving at an interpreter whose termination can be tracked by the type system of its host programming language.