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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
Comparing object encodings
 Journal of Functional Programming, 16:375 – 414
, 2006
"... Recent years have seen the development of several foundational models for statically typed objectoriented programming. But despite their intuitive similarity, di erences in the technical machinery used to formulate the various proposals have made them di cult to compare. Using the typed lambdacalc ..."
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Recent years have seen the development of several foundational models for statically typed objectoriented programming. But despite their intuitive similarity, di erences in the technical machinery used to formulate the various proposals have made them di cult to compare. Using the typed lambdacalculus F! as a common basis, we nowo er a detailed comparison of four models: (1) a recursiverecord encoding similar to the ones used by Cardelli [Car84],
Abstract behavior types: A foundation model for components and their composition
 SCIENCE OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
, 2003
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Objects and Classes, Coalgebraically
 ObjectOrientation with Parallelism and Persistence
, 1995
"... The coalgebraic perspective on objects and classes in objectoriented programming is elaborated: objects consist of a (unique) identifier, a local state, and a collection of methods described as a coalgebra; classes are coalgebraic (behavioural) specifications of objects. The creation of a "n ..."
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The coalgebraic perspective on objects and classes in objectoriented programming is elaborated: objects consist of a (unique) identifier, a local state, and a collection of methods described as a coalgebra; classes are coalgebraic (behavioural) specifications of objects. The creation of a "new" object of a class is described in terms of the terminal coalgebra satisfying the specification. We present a notion of "totally specified" class, which leads to particularly simple terminal coalgebras. We further describe local and global operational semantics for objects. Associated with the local operational semantics is a notion of bisimulation (for objects belonging to the same class), expressing observational indistinguishability. AMS Subject Classification (1991): 18C10, 03G30 CR Subject Classification (1991): D.1.5, D.2.1, E.1, F.1.1, F.3.0 Keywords & Phrases: object, class, (terminal) coalgebra, coalgebraic specification, bisimulation 1. Introduction Within the objectoriente...
Reasoning about Classes in ObjectOriented Languages: Logical Models and Tools
, 1998
"... A formal language ccsl is introduced for describing specifications of classes in objectoriented languages. We show how class specifications in ccsl can be translated into higher order logic. This allows us to reason about these specifications. In particular, it allows us (1) to describe (various) i ..."
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A formal language ccsl is introduced for describing specifications of classes in objectoriented languages. We show how class specifications in ccsl can be translated into higher order logic. This allows us to reason about these specifications. In particular, it allows us (1) to describe (various) implementations of a particular class specification, (2) to develop the logical theory of a specific class specification, and (3) to establish refinements between two class specifications. We use the (dependently typed) higher order logic of the proofassistant pvs, so that we have extensive tool support for reasoning about class specifications. Moreover, we describe our own frontend tool to pvs, which generates from ccsl class specifications appropriate pvs theories and proofs of some elementary results.
Coalgebra semantics for hidden algebra: parameterized objects and inheritance
 the 12th Workshop on Algebraic Development Techniques
, 1998
"... Abstract. The theory of hidden algebras combines standard algebraic techniques with coalgebraic techniques to provide a semantic foundation for the object paradigm. This paper focuses on the coalgebraic aspect of hidden algebra, concerned with signatures of destructors at the syntactic level and wi ..."
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Abstract. The theory of hidden algebras combines standard algebraic techniques with coalgebraic techniques to provide a semantic foundation for the object paradigm. This paper focuses on the coalgebraic aspect of hidden algebra, concerned with signatures of destructors at the syntactic level and with finality and coffee constructions at the semantic level. Our main result shows the existence of cofree constructions induced by maps between coalgebraic hidden specifications. Their use in giving a semantics to parameterised objects and inheritance is then illustrated. The cofreeness result for hidden algebra is generalised to abstract coalgebra and a universal construction for building object systems over existing subsystems is obtained. Finally, existence of final/cofree constructions for arbitrary hidden specifications is discussed. 1
Objectoriented specification and open distributed systems
 From ObjectOrientation to Formal Methods: Essays in Memory of OleJohan Dahl, LNCS 2635
, 2004
"... Abstract An objectoriented approach to program specification and verification was developed by OleJohan Dahl with the longterm Abel project. Essential here was the idea of reasoning about an object in terms of its observable behavior, where the specification of an object’s present behavior is giv ..."
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Abstract An objectoriented approach to program specification and verification was developed by OleJohan Dahl with the longterm Abel project. Essential here was the idea of reasoning about an object in terms of its observable behavior, where the specification of an object’s present behavior is given by means of its past interactions with the environment. In this paper, we review some of the ideas behind this approach and show how they can be fruitfully extended for reasoning about blackbox components in open objectoriented distributed systems. 1
A Complete Calculus for Equational Deduction in Coalgebraic Specification
 Recent Trends in Algebraic Development Techniques, WADT 97, volume 1376 of LNCS
, 1997
"... The use of coalgebras for the specification of dynamical systems with a hidden state space is receiving more and more attention in the years, as a valid alternative to algebraic methods based on observational equivalences. However, to our knowledge, the coalgebraic framework is still lacking a compl ..."
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The use of coalgebras for the specification of dynamical systems with a hidden state space is receiving more and more attention in the years, as a valid alternative to algebraic methods based on observational equivalences. However, to our knowledge, the coalgebraic framework is still lacking a complete equational deduction calculus which enjoys properties similar to those stated in Birkhoff's completeness theorem for the algebraic case. In this paper we present a sound and complete equational calculus for coalgebras of a restricted class of polynomial functors. This restriction allows us to borrow some "algebraic" notions for the formalization of the calculus. Additionally, we discuss the notion of colours as a suitable dualization of variables in the algebraic case. Then the completeness result is extended to the "nonground" or "coloured" case, which is shown to be expressive enough to deal with equations of hidden sort. Finally we discuss some weaknesses of the proposed results wit...
Exercises in Coalgebraic Specification
, 1999
"... An introduction to coalgebraic specification is presented via examples. A coalgebraic specification describes a collection of coalgebras satisfying certain assertions. It is thus an axiomatic description of a particular class of mathematical structures. Such specifications are especially suitable fo ..."
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An introduction to coalgebraic specification is presented via examples. A coalgebraic specification describes a collection of coalgebras satisfying certain assertions. It is thus an axiomatic description of a particular class of mathematical structures. Such specifications are especially suitable for statebased dynamical systems in general, and for classes in objectoriented programming languages in particular. This paper will gradually introduce the notions of bisimilarity, invariance, component classes, temporal logic and refinement in a coalgebraic setting. Besides the running example of the coalgebraic specification of (possibly infinite) binary trees, a specification of Peterson's mutual exclusion algorithm is elaborated in detail.
Invariants, Bisimulations and the Correctness of Coalgebraic Refinements
 Techn. Rep. CSIR9704, Comput. Sci. Inst., Univ. of Nijmegen
, 1997
"... . Coalgebraic specifications are used to formally describe the behaviour of classes in objectoriented languages. In this paper, a general notion of refinement between two such coalgebraic specifications is defined, capturing the idea that one "concrete" class specification realises the be ..."
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. Coalgebraic specifications are used to formally describe the behaviour of classes in objectoriented languages. In this paper, a general notion of refinement between two such coalgebraic specifications is defined, capturing the idea that one "concrete" class specification realises the behaviour of the other, "abstract" class specification. Two (complete) prooftechniques are given to establish such refinements: one involving an invariant (a predicate that is closed under transitions) on the concrete class, and one involving a bisimulation (a relation that is closed under transitions) between the concrete and the abstract class. The latter can only be used if the abstract class is what we call totally specified. Parts of the underlying theory of invariants and bisimulations in a coalgebraic setting are included, involving least and greatest invariants and connections between invariants and bisimulations. Also, the proofprinciples are illustrated in examples (which are fully formalise...