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Infinite sets that admit fast exhaustive search
 In Proceedings of the 22nd Annual IEEE Symposium on Logic In Computer Science
, 2007
"... Abstract. Perhaps surprisingly, there are infinite sets that admit mechanical exhaustive search in finite time. We investigate three related questions: What kinds of infinite sets admit mechanical exhaustive search in finite time? How do we systematically build such sets? How fast can exhaustive sea ..."
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Abstract. Perhaps surprisingly, there are infinite sets that admit mechanical exhaustive search in finite time. We investigate three related questions: What kinds of infinite sets admit mechanical exhaustive search in finite time? How do we systematically build such sets? How fast can exhaustive search over infinite sets be performed? Keywords. Highertype computability and complexity, Kleene–Kreisel functionals, PCF, Haskell, topology. 1.
EXHAUSTIBLE SETS IN HIGHERTYPE COMPUTATION
, 2008
"... We say that a set is exhaustible if it admits algorithmic universal quantification for continuous predicates in finite time, and searchable if there is an algorithm that, given any continuous predicate, either selects an element for which the predicate holds or else tells there is no example. The C ..."
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We say that a set is exhaustible if it admits algorithmic universal quantification for continuous predicates in finite time, and searchable if there is an algorithm that, given any continuous predicate, either selects an element for which the predicate holds or else tells there is no example. The Cantor space of infinite sequences of binary digits is known to be searchable. Searchable sets are exhaustible, and we show that the converse also holds for sets of hereditarily total elements in the hierarchy of continuous functionals; moreover, a selection functional can be constructed uniformly from a quantification functional. We prove that searchable sets are closed under intersections with decidable sets, and under the formation of computable images and of finite and countably infinite products. This is related to the fact, established here, that exhaustible sets are topologically compact. We obtain a complete description of exhaustible total sets by developing a computational version of a topological Arzela–Ascoli type characterization of compact subsets of function spaces. We also show that, in the nonempty case, they are precisely the computable images of the Cantor space. The emphasis of this paper is on the theory of exhaustible and searchable sets, but we also briefly sketch applications.
On the ubiquity of certain total type structures
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, 2007
"... It is a fact of experience from the study of higher type computability that a wide range of approaches to defining a class of (hereditarily) total functionals over N leads in practice to a relatively small handful of distinct type structures. Among these are the type structure C of KleeneKreisel co ..."
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It is a fact of experience from the study of higher type computability that a wide range of approaches to defining a class of (hereditarily) total functionals over N leads in practice to a relatively small handful of distinct type structures. Among these are the type structure C of KleeneKreisel continuous functionals, its effective substructure C eff, and the type structure HEO of the hereditarily effective operations. However, the proofs of the relevant equivalences are often nontrivial, and it is not immediately clear why these particular type structures should arise so ubiquitously. In this paper we present some new results which go some way towards explaining this phenomenon. Our results show that a large class of extensional collapse constructions always give rise to C, C eff or HEO (as appropriate). We obtain versions of our results for both the “standard” and “modified” extensional collapse constructions. The proofs make essential use of a technique due to Normann. Many new results, as well as some previously known ones, can be obtained as instances of our theorems, but more importantly, the proofs apply uniformly to a whole family of constructions, and provide strong evidence that the above three type structures are highly canonical mathematical objects.
A stable programming language
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"... It is wellknown that stable models (as dIdomains, qualitative domains and coherence spaces) are not fully abstract for the languagePCF. This fact is related to the existence of stable parallel functions and of stable functions that are not monotone with respect to the extensional order, which cann ..."
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It is wellknown that stable models (as dIdomains, qualitative domains and coherence spaces) are not fully abstract for the languagePCF. This fact is related to the existence of stable parallel functions and of stable functions that are not monotone with respect to the extensional order, which cannot be defined by programs ofPCF. In this paper, a paradigmatic programming language namedStPCF is proposed, which extends the languagePCF with two additional operators. The operational description of the extended language is presented in an effective way, although the evaluation of one of the new operators cannot be formalized in a PCFlike rewrite system. SinceStPCF can define all finite cliques of coherence spaces the above gap with stable models is filled, consequently stable models are fully abstract for the extended language. 1
Interpreting localized computational effects using operators of higher type (extended abstract)
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Computability structures, simulations and realizability
, 2011
"... We generalize the standard construction of realizability models (specifically, of categories of assemblies) to a very wide class of computability structures, broad enough to embrace models of computation such as labelled transition systems and process algebras. We also discuss a general notion of si ..."
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We generalize the standard construction of realizability models (specifically, of categories of assemblies) to a very wide class of computability structures, broad enough to embrace models of computation such as labelled transition systems and process algebras. We also discuss a general notion of simulation between such computability structures, and show that such simulations correspond precisely to certain functors between the realizability models. Furthermore, we show that our class of computability structures has good closure properties — in particular, it is ‘cartesian closed ’ in a slightly relaxed sense. We also investigate some important subclasses of computability structures and of simulations between them. We suggest that our 2category of computability structures and simulations may offer a framework for a general investigation of questions of computational power, abstraction and simulability for a wide range of computation models from across computer science.
Theoretical Foundations for Practical ‘Totally Functional Programming’
, 2007
"... Interpretation is an implicit part of today’s programming; it has great power but is overused and has
significant costs. For example, interpreters are typically significantly hard to understand and hard
to reason about. The methodology of “Totally Functional Programming” (TFP) is a reasoned
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Interpretation is an implicit part of today’s programming; it has great power but is overused and has
significant costs. For example, interpreters are typically significantly hard to understand and hard
to reason about. The methodology of “Totally Functional Programming” (TFP) is a reasoned
attempt to redress the problem of interpretation. It incorporates an awareness of the undesirability
of interpretation with observations that definitions and a certain style of programming appear to
offer alternatives to it. Application of TFP is expected to lead to a number of significant outcomes,
theoretical as well as practical. Primary among these are novel programming languages to lessen or
eliminate the use of interpretation in programming, leading to betterquality software. However,
TFP contains a number of lacunae in its current formulation, which hinder development of these
outcomes. Among others, formal semantics and typesystems for TFP languages are yet to be
discovered, the means to reduce interpretation in programs is to be determined, and a detailed
explication is needed of interpretation, definition, and the differences between the two. Most
important of all however is the need to develop a complete understanding of the nature of
interpretation. In this work, suitable typesystems for TFP languages are identified, and guidance
given regarding the construction of appropriate formal semantics. Techniques, based around the
‘fold’ operator, are identified and developed for modifying programs so as to reduce the amount of
interpretation they contain. Interpretation as a means of languageextension is also investigated.
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Finally, the nature of interpretation is considered. Numerous hypotheses relating to it considered in
detail. Combining the results of those analyses with discoveries from elsewhere in this work leads
to the proposal that interpretation is not, in fact, symbolbased computation, but is in fact something
more fundamental: computation that varies with input. We discuss in detail various implications of
this characterisation, including its practical application. An often moreuseful property, ‘inherent
interpretiveness’, is also motivated and discussed in depth. Overall, our inquiries act to give
conceptual and theoretical foundations for practical TFP.
On the calculating power of Laplace’s demon (Part I)
, 2006
"... We discuss several ways of making precise the informal concept of physical determinism, drawing on ideas from mathematical logic and computability theory. We outline a programme of investigating these notions of determinism in detail for specific, precisely articulated physical theories. We make a s ..."
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We discuss several ways of making precise the informal concept of physical determinism, drawing on ideas from mathematical logic and computability theory. We outline a programme of investigating these notions of determinism in detail for specific, precisely articulated physical theories. We make a start on our programme by proposing a general logical framework for describing physical theories, and analysing several possible formulations of a simple Newtonian theory from the point of view of determinism. Our emphasis throughout is on clarifying the precise physical and metaphysical assumptions that typically underlie a claim that some physical theory is ‘deterministic’. A sequel paper is planned, in which we shall apply similar methods to the analysis of other physical theories. Along the way, we discuss some possible repercussions of this kind of investigation for both physics and logic. 1
On the calculating power of Laplace’s demon
"... Abstract. We discuss some of the choices that arise when one tries to make the idea of physical determinism more precise. Broadly speaking, ‘ontological ’ notions of determinism are parameterized by one’s choice of mathematical ideology, whilst ‘epistemological ’ notions of determinism are parameter ..."
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Abstract. We discuss some of the choices that arise when one tries to make the idea of physical determinism more precise. Broadly speaking, ‘ontological ’ notions of determinism are parameterized by one’s choice of mathematical ideology, whilst ‘epistemological ’ notions of determinism are parameterized by the choice of an appropriate notion of computability. We present some simple examples to show that these choices can indeed make a difference to whether a given physical theory is ‘deterministic’ or not. Keywords: Laplace’s demon, physical determinism, philosophy of mathematics, notions of computability. 1
A Logical Approach to Stable Domains
, 2006
"... Building on earlier work by GuoQiang Zhang on disjunctive information systems, and by Thomas Ehrhard, Pasquale Malacaria, and the first author on stable Stone duality, we develop a framework of disjunctive propositional logic in which theories correspond to algebraic Ldomains. Disjunctions in the ..."
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Building on earlier work by GuoQiang Zhang on disjunctive information systems, and by Thomas Ehrhard, Pasquale Malacaria, and the first author on stable Stone duality, we develop a framework of disjunctive propositional logic in which theories correspond to algebraic Ldomains. Disjunctions in the logic can be indexed by arbitrary sets (as in geometric logic) but must be provably disjoint. This raises several technical issues which have to be addressed before clean notions of axiom system and theory can be defined. We show soundness and completeness of the proof system with respect to distributive disjunctive semilattices, and prove that every such semilattice arises as the Lindenbaum algebra of a disjunctive theory. Via stable Stone duality, we show how to use disjunctive propositional logic for a logical description of algebraic Ldomains.