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Containers  Constructing Strictly Positive Types
, 2004
"... ... with disjoint coproducts and initial algebras of container functors (the categorical analogue of Wtypes) — and then establish that nested strictly positive inductive and coinductive types, which we call strictly positive types, exist in any MartinLöf category. Central to our development are t ..."
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... with disjoint coproducts and initial algebras of container functors (the categorical analogue of Wtypes) — and then establish that nested strictly positive inductive and coinductive types, which we call strictly positive types, exist in any MartinLöf category. Central to our development are the notions of containers and container functors, introduced in Abbott, Altenkirch, and Ghani (2003a). These provide a new conceptual analysis of data structures and polymorphic functions by exploiting dependent type theory as a convenient way to define constructions in MartinLöf categories. We also show that morphisms between containers can be full and faithfully interpreted as polymorphic functions (i.e. natural transformations) and that, in the presence of Wtypes, all strictly positive types (including nested inductive and coinductive types) give rise to containers.
Finiteness spaces
 Mathematical Structures in Computer Science
, 1987
"... We investigate a new denotational model of linear logic based on the purely relational model. In this semantics, webs are equipped with a notion of “finitary ” subsets satisfying a closure condition and proofs are interpreted as finitary sets. In spite of a formal similarity, this model is quite dif ..."
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We investigate a new denotational model of linear logic based on the purely relational model. In this semantics, webs are equipped with a notion of “finitary ” subsets satisfying a closure condition and proofs are interpreted as finitary sets. In spite of a formal similarity, this model is quite different from the usual models of linear logic (coherence semantics, hypercoherence semantics, the various existing game semantics...). In particular, the standard fixpoint operators used for defining the general recursive functions are not finitary, although the primitive recursion operators are. This model can be considered as a discrete version of the Köthe space semantics introduced in a previous paper: we show how, given a field, each finiteness space gives rise to a vector space endowed with a linear topology, a notion introduced by Lefschetz in 1942, and we study the corresponding model where morphisms are linear continuous maps (a version of Girard’s quantitative semantics with coefficients in the field). We obtain in that way a new model of the recently introduced differential lambdacalculus. Notations. If S is a set, we denote by M(S) = N S the set of all multisets over S. If µ ∈ M(S), µ denotes the support of µ which is the set of all a ∈ S such that µ(a) ̸ = 0. A multiset is finite if it has a finite support. If a1,..., an are elements of some given set S, we denote by [a1,..., an] the corresponding multiset over S. The usual operations on natural numbers are extended to multisets pointwise. If (Si)i∈I are sets, we denote by πi the ith projection πi: ∏ j∈I Sj → Si.
Functorial boxes in string diagrams
, 2006
"... String diagrams were introduced by Roger Penrose as a handy notation to manipulate morphisms in a monoidal category. In principle, this graphical notation should encompass the various pictorial systems introduced in prooftheory (like JeanYves Girard’s proofnets) and in concurrency theory (like Ro ..."
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String diagrams were introduced by Roger Penrose as a handy notation to manipulate morphisms in a monoidal category. In principle, this graphical notation should encompass the various pictorial systems introduced in prooftheory (like JeanYves Girard’s proofnets) and in concurrency theory (like Robin Milner’s bigraphs). This is not the case however, at least because string diagrams do not accomodate boxes — a key ingredient in these pictorial systems. In this short tutorial, based on our accidental rediscovery of an idea by Robin Cockett and Robert Seely, we explain how string diagrams may be extended with a notion of functorial box to depict a functor separating an inside world (its source category) from an outside world (its target category). We expose two elementary applications of the notation: first, we characterize graphically when a faithful balanced monoidal functor F: C − → D transports a trace operator from the category D
Continuous functions on final coalgebras
, 2007
"... In a previous paper we have given a representation of continuous functions on streams, both discretevalued functions, and functions between streams. the topology on streams is the ‘Baire ’ topology induced by taking as a basic neighbourhood the set of streams that share a given finite prefix. We ga ..."
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In a previous paper we have given a representation of continuous functions on streams, both discretevalued functions, and functions between streams. the topology on streams is the ‘Baire ’ topology induced by taking as a basic neighbourhood the set of streams that share a given finite prefix. We gave also a combinator on the representations of stream processing functions that reflects composition. Streams are the simplest example of a nontrivial final coalgebras, playing in the coalgebraic realm the same role as do the natural numbers in the algebraic realm. Here we extend our previous results to cover the case of final coalgebras for a broad class of functors generalising (×A). The functors we deal with are those that arise from countable signatures of finiteplace untyped operators. These have many applications. The topology we put on the final coalgebra for such a functor is that induced by taking for basic neighbourhoods the set of infinite objects which share a common prefix, according to the usual definition of the final coalgebra as the limit of a certain inverse chain starting at �. 1
∂ for Data: Differentiating Data Structures
"... This paper and our conference paper (Abbott, Altenkirch, Ghani, and McBride, 2003b) explain and analyse the notion of the derivative of a data structure as the type of its onehole contexts based on the central observation made by McBride (2001). To make the idea precise we need a generic notion of ..."
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This paper and our conference paper (Abbott, Altenkirch, Ghani, and McBride, 2003b) explain and analyse the notion of the derivative of a data structure as the type of its onehole contexts based on the central observation made by McBride (2001). To make the idea precise we need a generic notion of a data type, which leads to the notion of a container, introduced in (Abbott, Altenkirch, and Ghani, 2003a) and investigated extensively in (Abbott, 2003). Using containers we can provide a notion of linear map which is the concept missing from McBride’s first analysis. We verify the usual laws of differential calculus including the chain rule and establish laws for initial algebras and terminal coalgebras.
Derivatives of containers
 of Lecture notes in Computer Science
, 2003
"... Abstract. We are investigating McBride’s idea that the type of onehole contexts are the formal derivative of a functor from a categorical perspective. Exploiting our recent work on containers we are able to characterise derivatives by a universal property and show that the laws of calculus includin ..."
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Abstract. We are investigating McBride’s idea that the type of onehole contexts are the formal derivative of a functor from a categorical perspective. Exploiting our recent work on containers we are able to characterise derivatives by a universal property and show that the laws of calculus including a rule for initial algebras as presented by McBride hold — hence the differentiable containers include those generated by polynomials and least fixpoints. Finally, we discuss abstract containers (i.e. quotients of containers) — this includes a container which plays the role of e x in calculus by being its own derivative. 1
Scalars, monads and categories
 Quantum Physics and Linguistics. A Compositional, Diagrammatic Discourse
, 2013
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Short Cut Fusion of Recursive Programs with Computational Effects
 SYMPOSIUM ON TRENDS IN FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING 2008 (TFP'08)
, 2008
"... Fusion is the process of improving the efficiency of modularly constructed programs by transforming them into monolithic equivalents. This paper defines a generalization of the standardbuild combinator which expresses uniform production of functorial contexts containing data of inductive types. It a ..."
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Fusion is the process of improving the efficiency of modularly constructed programs by transforming them into monolithic equivalents. This paper defines a generalization of the standardbuild combinator which expresses uniform production of functorial contexts containing data of inductive types. It also proves correct a fusion rule which generalizes thefold/build andfold/buildp rules from the literature, and eliminates intermediate data structures of inductive types without disturbing the contexts in which they are situated. An important special case arises when this context is monadic. When it is, a second rule for fusing combinations of producers and consumers via monad operations, rather than via composition, is also available. We give examples illustrating both rules, and consider their coalgebraic duals as well.
Presentation of set functors: a coalgebraic perspective
"... Abstract. Accessible set functors can be presented by signatures and equations as quotients of polynomial functors. We determine how preservation of pullbacks and other related properties (often applied in coalgebra) are re ected in the structure of the system of equations. 1. ..."
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Abstract. Accessible set functors can be presented by signatures and equations as quotients of polynomial functors. We determine how preservation of pullbacks and other related properties (often applied in coalgebra) are re ected in the structure of the system of equations. 1.