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Representations of stream processors using nested fixed points
 Logical Methods in Computer Science
"... Abstract. We define representations of continuous functions on infinite streams of discrete values, both in the case of discretevalued functions, and in the case of streamvalued functions. We define also an operation on the representations of two continuous functions between streams that yields a ..."
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Abstract. We define representations of continuous functions on infinite streams of discrete values, both in the case of discretevalued functions, and in the case of streamvalued functions. We define also an operation on the representations of two continuous functions between streams that yields a representation of their composite. In the case of discretevalued functions, the representatives are wellfounded (finitepath) trees of a certain kind. The underlying idea can be traced back to Brouwer’s justification of barinduction, or to Kreisel and Troelstra’s elimination of choicesequences. In the case of streamvalued functions, the representatives are nonwellfounded trees pieced together in a coinductive fashion from wellfounded trees. The definition requires an alternating fixpoint construction of some ubiquity.
DataOblivious Stream Productivity
 Utrecht University
"... Abstract. We are concerned with demonstrating productivity of specifications of infinite streams of data, based on orthogonal rewrite rules. In general, this property is undecidable, but for restricted formats computable sufficient conditions can be obtained. The usual analysis, also adopted here, d ..."
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Abstract. We are concerned with demonstrating productivity of specifications of infinite streams of data, based on orthogonal rewrite rules. In general, this property is undecidable, but for restricted formats computable sufficient conditions can be obtained. The usual analysis, also adopted here, disregards the identity of data, thus leading to approaches that we call dataoblivious. We present a method that is provably optimal among all such dataoblivious approaches. This means that in order to improve on our algorithm one has to proceed in a dataaware fashion. 3 1
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.
Beating the Productivity Checker Using Embedded Languages
"... Abstract. Some total languages, like Agda and Coq, allow the use of guarded corecursion to construct infinite values and proofs. Guarded corecursion is a form of recursion in which arbitrary recursive calls are allowed, as long as they are guarded by a coinductive constructor. Guardedness ensures th ..."
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Abstract. Some total languages, like Agda and Coq, allow the use of guarded corecursion to construct infinite values and proofs. Guarded corecursion is a form of recursion in which arbitrary recursive calls are allowed, as long as they are guarded by a coinductive constructor. Guardedness ensures that programs are productive, i.e. that every finite prefix of an infinite value can be computed in finite time. However, many productive programs are not guarded, and it can be nontrivial to put them in guarded form. This paper gives a method for turning a productive program into a guarded program. The method amounts to defining a problemspecific language as a data type, writing the program in the problemspecific language, and writing a guarded interpreter for this language. 1
Coinduction for Exact Real Number Computation
, 2007
"... This paper studies coinductive representations of real numbers by signed digit streams and fast Cauchy sequences. It is shown how the associated coinductive principle can be used to give straightforward and easily implementable proofs of the equivalence of the two representations as well as the corr ..."
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This paper studies coinductive representations of real numbers by signed digit streams and fast Cauchy sequences. It is shown how the associated coinductive principle can be used to give straightforward and easily implementable proofs of the equivalence of the two representations as well as the correctness of various corecursive exact real number algorithms. The basic framework is the classical theory of coinductive sets as greatest fixed points of monotone operators and hence is different from (though related to) the type theoretic approach by Ciaffaglione and Gianantonio. Key words: Exact real number computation, coinduction, corecursion, signed digit streams. 1
The Π0 2Completeness of Most of the Properties of Rewriting Systems You Care About (and Productivity)
"... Abstract. Most of the standard pleasant properties of term rewriting systems are undecidable; to wit: local confluence, confluence, normalization, termination, and completeness. Mere undecidability is insufficient to rule out a number of possibly useful properties: For instance, if the set of normal ..."
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Abstract. Most of the standard pleasant properties of term rewriting systems are undecidable; to wit: local confluence, confluence, normalization, termination, and completeness. Mere undecidability is insufficient to rule out a number of possibly useful properties: For instance, if the set of normalizing term rewriting systems were recursively enumerable, there would be a program yielding “yes ” in finite time if applied to any normalizing term rewriting system. The contribution of this paper is to show (the uniform version of) each member of the list of properties above (as well as the property of being a productive specification of a stream) complete for the class Π 0 2. Thus, there is neither a program that can enumerate the set of rewriting systems enjoying any one of the properties, nor is there a program enumerating the set of systems that do not. For normalization and termination we show both the ordinary version and the ground versions (where rules may contain variables, but only
Corecursive Algebras: A Study of General Structured Corecursion (Extended Abstract)
"... Abstract. We study general structured corecursion, dualizing the work of Osius, Taylor, and others on general structured recursion. We call an algebra of a functor corecursive if it supports general structured corecursion: there is a unique map to it from any coalgebra of the same functor. The conce ..."
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Abstract. We study general structured corecursion, dualizing the work of Osius, Taylor, and others on general structured recursion. We call an algebra of a functor corecursive if it supports general structured corecursion: there is a unique map to it from any coalgebra of the same functor. The concept of antifounded algebra is a statement of the bisimulation principle. We show that it is independent from corecursiveness: Neither condition implies the other. Finally, we call an algebra focusing if its codomain can be reconstructed by iterating structural refinement. This is the strongest condition and implies all the others. 1
Representing Contractive Functions on Streams
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, 2011
"... Streams, or infinite lists, have many applications in functional programming, and are naturally defined using recursive equations. But how do we ensure that such equations make sense, i.e. that they actually produce welldefined streams? In this article we present a new approach to this problem, bas ..."
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Streams, or infinite lists, have many applications in functional programming, and are naturally defined using recursive equations. But how do we ensure that such equations make sense, i.e. that they actually produce welldefined streams? In this article we present a new approach to this problem, based upon the topological notion of contractive functions on streams. In particular, we give a sound and complete representation theorem for contractive functions on streams, illustrate the use of this theorem as a practical means to produce welldefined streams, and show how the efficiency of the resulting definitions can be improved using another representation of contractive functions.
REPRESENTATIONS OF STREAM PROCESSORS USING NESTED FIXED POINTS
, 2008
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Representing Contractive Functions on Streams (Extended Version)
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, 2011
"... Streams, or infinite lists, have many applications in functional programming, and are naturally defined using recursive equations. But how do we ensure that such equations make sense, i.e. that they actually produce welldefined streams? In this article we present a new approach to this problem, bas ..."
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Streams, or infinite lists, have many applications in functional programming, and are naturally defined using recursive equations. But how do we ensure that such equations make sense, i.e. that they actually produce welldefined streams? In this article we present a new approach to this problem, based upon the topological notion of contractive functions on streams. In particular, we give a sound and complete representation theorem for contractive functions on streams, illustrate the use of this theorem as a practical means to produce welldefined streams, and show how the efficiency of the resulting definitions can be improved using another representation of contractive functions.