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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
 Logical Methods in Computer Science
"... Abstract. 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 examp ..."
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Abstract. 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. 1.
Comparing hierarchies of total functionals
 Logical Methods in Computer Science
, 2005
"... In this paper, we will address a problem raised by Bauer, Escardó and Simpson. We define two hierarchies of total, continuous functionals over the reals based on domain theory, one based on an “extensional ” representation of the reals and the other on an “intensional ” representation. The problem i ..."
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In this paper, we will address a problem raised by Bauer, Escardó and Simpson. We define two hierarchies of total, continuous functionals over the reals based on domain theory, one based on an “extensional ” representation of the reals and the other on an “intensional ” representation. The problem is if these two hierarchies coincide. We will show that this coincidence problem is equivalent to the statement that the topology on the KleeneKreisel continuous functionals of a fixed type induced by all continuous functions into the reals is zerodimensional for each type. As a tool of independent interest, we will construct topological embeddings of the KleeneKreisel functionals into both the extensional and the intensional hierarchy at each type. The embeddings will be hierarchy embeddings as well in the sense that they are the inclusion maps at type 0 and respect application at higher types. 1
On the ubiquity of certain total type structures
 UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR PUBLICATION IN MATH. STRUCT. IN COMP. SCIENCE
, 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.
Applications of the KleeneKreisel Density Theorem to Theoretical Computer Science
, 2006
"... The KleeneKreisel density theorem is one of the tools used to investigate the denotational semantics of programs involving higher types. We give a brief introduction to the classical density theorem, then show how this may be generalized to set theoretical models for algorithms accepting real numbe ..."
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The KleeneKreisel density theorem is one of the tools used to investigate the denotational semantics of programs involving higher types. We give a brief introduction to the classical density theorem, then show how this may be generalized to set theoretical models for algorithms accepting real numbers as inputs and finally survey some recent applications of this generalization. 1
Definability and reducibility in higher types over the reals
 the proceedings of Logic Colloquium ’03
"... We consider sets CtR(σ) of total, continuous functionals of type σ over the reals. A subset A ⊆ CtR(σ) is reducible if A can be reduced to totality in one of the other spaces. We show that all Polish spaces are homeomorphic to a reducible subset of R → R and that the class of reducible sets is close ..."
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We consider sets CtR(σ) of total, continuous functionals of type σ over the reals. A subset A ⊆ CtR(σ) is reducible if A can be reduced to totality in one of the other spaces. We show that all Polish spaces are homeomorphic to a reducible subset of R → R and that the class of reducible sets is closed under the formation of function spaces and some comprehension. 1
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 Note on Closed Subsets in Quasizerodimensional Qcbspaces (Extended Abstract)
"... Abstract. We introduce the notion of quasizerodimensionality as a substitute for the notion of zerodimensionality, motivated by the fact that the latter behaves badly in the realm of qcbspaces. We prove that the category QZ of quasizerodimensional qcb0spaces is cartesian closed. Prominent exa ..."
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Abstract. We introduce the notion of quasizerodimensionality as a substitute for the notion of zerodimensionality, motivated by the fact that the latter behaves badly in the realm of qcbspaces. We prove that the category QZ of quasizerodimensional qcb0spaces is cartesian closed. Prominent examples of spaces in QZ are the spaces in the sequential hierarchy of the KleeneKreisel continuous functionals. Moreover, we characterise some types of closed subsets of QZspaces in terms of their ability to allow extendability of continuous functions. These results are related to an open problem in Computable Analysis.
EXHAUSTIBLE SETS IN HIGHERTYPE COMPUTATION
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"... Abstract. 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 examp ..."
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Abstract. 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. 1.