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Universal coalgebra: a theory of systems
, 2000
"... In the semantics of programming, nite data types such as finite lists, have traditionally been modelled by initial algebras. Later final coalgebras were used in order to deal with in finite data types. Coalgebras, which are the dual of algebras, turned out to be suited, moreover, as models for certa ..."
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In the semantics of programming, nite data types such as finite lists, have traditionally been modelled by initial algebras. Later final coalgebras were used in order to deal with in finite data types. Coalgebras, which are the dual of algebras, turned out to be suited, moreover, as models for certain types of automata and more generally, for (transition and dynamical) systems. An important property of initial algebras is that they satisfy the familiar principle of induction. Such a principle was missing for coalgebras until the work of Aczel (NonWellFounded sets, CSLI Leethre Notes, Vol. 14, center for the study of Languages and information, Stanford, 1988) on a theory of nonwellfounded sets, in which he introduced a proof principle nowadays called coinduction. It was formulated in terms of bisimulation, a notion originally stemming from the world of concurrent programming languages. Using the notion of coalgebra homomorphism, the definition of bisimulation on coalgebras can be shown to be formally dual to that of congruence on algebras. Thus, the three basic notions of universal algebra: algebra, homomorphism of algebras, and congruence, turn out to correspond to coalgebra, homomorphism of coalgebras, and bisimulation, respectively. In this paper, the latter are taken
Towards a Mathematical Operational Semantics
 In Proc. 12 th LICS Conf
, 1997
"... We present a categorical theory of `wellbehaved' operational semantics which aims at complementing the established theory of domains and denotational semantics to form a coherent whole. It is shown that, if the operational rules of a programming language can be modelled as a natural transformation ..."
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We present a categorical theory of `wellbehaved' operational semantics which aims at complementing the established theory of domains and denotational semantics to form a coherent whole. It is shown that, if the operational rules of a programming language can be modelled as a natural transformation of a suitable general form, depending on functorial notions of syntax and behaviour, then one gets both an operational model and a canonical, internally fully abstract denotational model for free; moreover, both models satisfy the operational rules. The theory is based on distributive laws and bialgebras; it specialises to the known classes of wellbehaved rules for structural operational semantics, such as GSOS.
Coalgebraic Logic
 Annals of Pure and Applied Logic
, 1999
"... We present a generalization of modal logic to logical systems which are interpreted on coalgebras of functors on sets. The leading idea is that infinitary modal logic contains characterizing formulas. That is, every modelworld pair is characterized up to bisimulation by an infinitary formula. The ..."
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We present a generalization of modal logic to logical systems which are interpreted on coalgebras of functors on sets. The leading idea is that infinitary modal logic contains characterizing formulas. That is, every modelworld pair is characterized up to bisimulation by an infinitary formula. The point of our generalization is to understand this on a deeper level. We do this by studying a frangment of infinitary modal logic which contains the characterizing formulas and is closed under infinitary conjunction and an operation called 4. This fragment generalizes to a wide range of coalgebraic logics. We then apply the characterization result to get representation theorems for final coalgebras in terms of maximal elements of ordered algebras. The end result is that the formulas of coalgebraic logics can be viewed as approximations to the elements of the final coalgebra. Keywords: infinitary modal logic, characterization theorem, functor on sets, coalgebra, greatest fixed point. 1 Intr...
Presheaf Models for Concurrency
, 1999
"... In this dissertation we investigate presheaf models for concurrent computation. Our aim is to provide a systematic treatment of bisimulation for a wide range of concurrent process calculi. Bisimilarity is defined abstractly in terms of open maps as in the work of Joyal, Nielsen and Winskel. Their wo ..."
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In this dissertation we investigate presheaf models for concurrent computation. Our aim is to provide a systematic treatment of bisimulation for a wide range of concurrent process calculi. Bisimilarity is defined abstractly in terms of open maps as in the work of Joyal, Nielsen and Winskel. Their work inspired this thesis by suggesting that presheaf categories could provide abstract models for concurrency with a builtin notion of bisimulation. We show how
The Rewriting Logic Semantics Project
 SOS 2005 PRELIMINARY VERSION
, 2005
"... Rewriting logic is a flexible and expressive logical framework that unifies denotational semantics and SOS in a novel way, avoiding their respective limitations and allowing very succinct semantic definitions. The fact that a rewrite theory’s axioms include both equations and rewrite rules provides ..."
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Rewriting logic is a flexible and expressive logical framework that unifies denotational semantics and SOS in a novel way, avoiding their respective limitations and allowing very succinct semantic definitions. The fact that a rewrite theory’s axioms include both equations and rewrite rules provides a very useful “abstraction knob” to find the right balance between abstraction and observability in semantic definitions. Such semantic definitions are directly executable as interpreters in a rewriting logic language such as Maude, whose generic formal tools can be used to endow those interpreters with powerful program analysis capabilities.
On Generalised Coinduction and Probabilistic Specification Formats: Distributive Laws in Coalgebraic Modelling
, 2004
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Rewriting Logic Semantics: From Language Specifications to Formal Analysis Tools
 In Proceedings of the IJCAR 2004. LNCS
, 2004
"... Abstract. Formal semantic definitions of concurrent languages, when specified in a wellsuited semantic framework and supported by generic and efficient formal tools, can be the basis of powerful software analysis tools. Such tools can be obtained for free from the semantic definitions; in our exper ..."
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Abstract. Formal semantic definitions of concurrent languages, when specified in a wellsuited semantic framework and supported by generic and efficient formal tools, can be the basis of powerful software analysis tools. Such tools can be obtained for free from the semantic definitions; in our experience in just the few weeks required to define a language’s semantics even for large languages like Java. By combining, yet distinguishing, both equations and rules, rewriting logic semantic definitions unify both the semantic equations of equational semantics (in their higherorder denotational version or their firstorder algebraic counterpart) and the semantic rules of SOS. Several limitations of both SOS and equational semantics are thus overcome within this unified framework. By using a highperformance implementation of rewriting logic such as Maude, a language’s formal specification can be automatically transformed into an efficient interpreter. Furthermore, by using Maude’s breadth first search command, we also obtain for free a semidecision procedure for finding failures of safety properties; and by using Maude’s LTL model checker, we obtain, also for free, a decision procedure for LTL properties of finitestate programs. These possibilities, and the competitive performance of the analysis tools thus obtained, are illustrated by means of a concurrent Camllike language; similar experience with Java (source and JVM) programs is also summarized. 1
On the Foundations of Final Coalgebra Semantics: nonwellfounded sets, partial orders, metric spaces
, 1998
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Semantical Principles in the Modal Logic of Coalgebraic
"... Coalgebras for a functor on the category of sets subsume many formulations of the notion of transition system, including labelled transition systems, Kripke models, Kripke frames and many types of automata. This paper presents a multimodal language which is bisimulation invariant and (under a natur ..."
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Coalgebras for a functor on the category of sets subsume many formulations of the notion of transition system, including labelled transition systems, Kripke models, Kripke frames and many types of automata. This paper presents a multimodal language which is bisimulation invariant and (under a natural completeness condition) expressive enough to characterise elements of the underlying state space up to bisimulation. Like Moss' coalgebraic logic, the theory can be applied to an arbitrary signature functor on the category of sets. Also, an upper bound for the size of conjunctions and disjunctions needed to obtain characteristic formulas is given.