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Focusing and Polarization in Linear, Intuitionistic, and Classical Logics
, 2009
"... A focused proof system provides a normal form to cutfree proofs in which the application of invertible and noninvertible inference rules is structured. Within linear logic, the focused proof system of Andreoli provides an elegant and comprehensive normal form for cutfree proofs. Within intuitioni ..."
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A focused proof system provides a normal form to cutfree proofs in which the application of invertible and noninvertible inference rules is structured. Within linear logic, the focused proof system of Andreoli provides an elegant and comprehensive normal form for cutfree proofs. Within intuitionistic and classical logics, there are various different proof systems in the literature that exhibit focusing behavior. These focused proof systems have been applied to both the proof search and the proof normalization approaches to computation. We present a new, focused proof system for intuitionistic logic, called LJF, and show how other intuitionistic proof systems can be mapped into the new system by inserting logical connectives that prematurely stop focusing. We also use LJF to design a focused proof system LKF for classical logic. Our approach to the design and analysis of these systems is based on the completeness of focusing in linear logic and on the notion of polarity that appears in Girard’s LC and LU proof systems.
On the unity of duality
 Special issue on “Classical Logic and Computation
, 2008
"... Most type systems are agnostic regarding the evaluation strategy for the underlying languages, with the value restriction for ML which is absent in Haskell as a notable exception. As type systems become more precise, however, detailed properties of the operational semantics may become visible becaus ..."
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Most type systems are agnostic regarding the evaluation strategy for the underlying languages, with the value restriction for ML which is absent in Haskell as a notable exception. As type systems become more precise, however, detailed properties of the operational semantics may become visible because properties captured by the types may be sound under one strategy but not the other. For example, intersection types distinguish between callbyname and callbyvalue functions, because the subtyping law (A → B) ∩ (A → C) ≤ A → (B ∩ C) is unsound for the latter in the presence of effects. In this paper we develop a prooftheoretic framework for analyzing the interaction of types with evaluation order, based on the notion of polarity. Polarity was discovered through linear logic, but we propose a fresh origin in Dummett’s program of justifying the logical laws through alternative verificationist or pragmatist “meaningtheories”, which include a bias towards either introduction or elimination rules. We revisit Dummett’s analysis using the tools of MartinLöf’s judgmental method, and then show how to extend it to a unified polarized logic, with Girard’s “shift ” connectives acting as intermediaries. This logic safely combines intuitionistic and dual intuitionistic reasoning principles, while simultaneously admitting a focusing interpretation for the classical sequent calculus. Then, by applying the CurryHoward isomorphism to polarized logic, we obtain a single programming language in which evaluation order is reflected at the level of types. Different logical notions correspond directly to natural programming constructs, such as patternmatching, explicit substitutions, values and callbyvalue continuations. We give examples demonstrating the expressiveness of the language and type system, and prove a basic but modular type safety result. We conclude with a brief discussion of extensions to the language with additional effects and types, and sketch the sort of explanation this can provide for operationallysensitive typing phenomena. 1
CallByPushValue: Decomposing CallByValue And CallByName
"... We present the callbypushvalue (CBPV) calculus, which decomposes the typed callbyvalue (CBV) and typed callbyname (CBN) paradigms into finegrain primitives. On the operational side, we give bigstep semantics and a stack machine for CBPV, which leads to a straightforward push/pop reading of ..."
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We present the callbypushvalue (CBPV) calculus, which decomposes the typed callbyvalue (CBV) and typed callbyname (CBN) paradigms into finegrain primitives. On the operational side, we give bigstep semantics and a stack machine for CBPV, which leads to a straightforward push/pop reading of CBPV programs. On the denotational side, we model CBPV using cpos and, more generally, using algebras for a strong monad. For storage, we present an O’Hearnstyle “behaviour semantics” that does not use a monad. We present the translations from CBN and CBV to CBPV. All these translations straightforwardly preserve denotational semantics. We also study their operational properties: simulation and full abstraction. We give an equational theory for CBPV, and show it equivalent to a categorical semantics using monads and algebras. We use this theory to formally compare CBPV to Filinski’s variant of the monadic metalanguage, as well as to Marz’s language SFPL, both of which have essentially the same type structure as CBPV. We also discuss less formally the differences between the CBPV and monadic frameworks.
Thesis Proposal: The logical basis of evaluation order
, 2007
"... Most type systems are agnostic regarding the evaluation strategy for the underlying languages, with the value restriction for ML which is absent in Haskell as a notable exception. As type systems become more precise, however, detailed properties of the underlying operational semantics may become vis ..."
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Most type systems are agnostic regarding the evaluation strategy for the underlying languages, with the value restriction for ML which is absent in Haskell as a notable exception. As type systems become more precise, however, detailed properties of the underlying operational semantics may become visible because properties captured by the types may be sound under one strategy but not the other. To give an example, intersection types distinguish between callbyname and callbyvalue functions because the subtyping rule (A → B) ∩ (A → C) ≤ A → (B ∩ C) is valid for the former but not the latter in the presence of effects. I propose to develop a unified, prooftheoretic approach to analyzing the interaction of types with evaluation order, based on the notion of polarity. Polarity was discovered and developed through linear logic, but I seek a fresh origin in Dummett’s program of justifying the logical laws through alternative “meaningtheories, ” essentially hypotheses as to whether the verification or use of a proposition has a canonical form. In my preliminary work, I showed how a careful judgmental analysis of Dummett’s ideas may be used to define a system of proofs and refutations, with a CurryHoward interpretation as a single programming language in which the duality between callbyvalue and callbyname is realized as one of types. After extending its type system with (both positive and negative) union and intersection operators and a derived subtyping relationship, I found that many operationallysensitive typing phenomena (e.g., alternative CBV/CBN subtyping distributivity principles, value and “covalue” restrictions) could be logically reconstructed. Here I give the technical details of this work, and present a plan for addressing open questions and extensions.