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Intensional Polymorphism in TypeErasure Semantics
, 2002
"... Intensional polymorphism, the ability to dispatch to di#erent routines based on types at run time, enables a variety of advanced implementation techniques for polymorphic languages, including tagfree garbage collection, unboxed function arguments, polymorphic marshalling, and flattened data structu ..."
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Intensional polymorphism, the ability to dispatch to di#erent routines based on types at run time, enables a variety of advanced implementation techniques for polymorphic languages, including tagfree garbage collection, unboxed function arguments, polymorphic marshalling, and flattened data structures. To date, languages that support intensional polymorphism have required a typepassing (as opposed to typeerasure) interpretation where types are constructed and passed to polymorphic functions at run time. Unfortunately, typepassing su#ers from a number of drawbacks: it requires duplication of runtime constructs at the term and type levels, it prevents abstraction, and it severely complicates polymorphic closure conversion.
A Calculus for Overload Functions with Subtyping

, 1992
"... We present a simple extension of typed calculus where functions can be overloaded by putting different "branches of code" together. When the function is applied, the branch to execute is chosen according to a particular selection rule which depends on the type of the argument. The crucial featu ..."
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We present a simple extension of typed calculus where functions can be overloaded by putting different "branches of code" together. When the function is applied, the branch to execute is chosen according to a particular selection rule which depends on the type of the argument. The crucial feature of the present approach is that the branch selection depends on the "runtime type" of the argument, which may differ from its compiletime type, because of the existence of a subtyping relation among types. Hence overloading cannot be eliminated by a static analysis of code, but is an essential feature to be dealt with during computation. We obtain in this way a typedependent calculus, which differs from the various calculi where types do not play any role during computation. We prove Confluence and a generalized SubjectReduction theorem for this calculus. We prove Strong Normalization for a "stratified" subcalculus. The definition of this calculus is guided by the understand...
Formal Parametric Polymorphism
 THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1993
"... A polymorphic function is parametric if its behavior does not depend on the type at which it is instantiated. Starting with Reynolds's work, the study of parametricity is typically semantic. In this paper, we develop a syntactic approach to parametricity, and a formal system that embodies this appro ..."
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A polymorphic function is parametric if its behavior does not depend on the type at which it is instantiated. Starting with Reynolds's work, the study of parametricity is typically semantic. In this paper, we develop a syntactic approach to parametricity, and a formal system that embodies this approach, called system R . Girard's system F deals with terms and types; R is an extension of F that deals also with relations between types. In R , it is possible to derive theorems about functions from their types, or "theorems for free", as Wadler calls them. An easy "theorem for free" asserts that the type "(X)XBool contains only constant functions; this is not provable in F. There are many harder and more substantial examples. Various metatheorems can also be obtained, such as a syntactic version of Reynolds's abstraction theorem.
Stackbased Access Control and Secure Information Flow
, 2003
"... Access control mechanisms are often used with the intent of enforcing confidentiality and integrity policies, but few rigorous connections have been made between information flow and runtime access control. The Java virtual machine and the .NET runtime system provide a dynamic access control mechani ..."
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Access control mechanisms are often used with the intent of enforcing confidentiality and integrity policies, but few rigorous connections have been made between information flow and runtime access control. The Java virtual machine and the .NET runtime system provide a dynamic access control mechanism in which permissions are granted to program units and a runtime mechanism checks permissions of code in the calling chain. We investigate a design pattern by which this mechanism can be used to achieve confidentiality and integrity goals: a single interface serves callers of more than one security level and dynamic access control prevents release of high information to low callers. Programs fitting this pattern would be rejected by previous flow analyses. We give a static analysis that admits them, using permissiondependent security types. The analysis is given for a classbased objectoriented language with features including inheritance, dynamic binding, dynamically allocated mutable objects, type casts and recursive types. The analysis is shown to ensure a noninterference property formalizing confidentiality and integrity.
Parametric Polymorphism and Operational Equivalence
 MATHEMATICAL STRUCTURES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 2000
"... Studies of the mathematical properties of impredicative polymorphic types have for the most part focused on the polymorphic lambda calculus of Girard–Reynolds, which is a calculus of total polymorphic functions. This paper considers polymorphic types from a functional programming perspective, where ..."
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Studies of the mathematical properties of impredicative polymorphic types have for the most part focused on the polymorphic lambda calculus of Girard–Reynolds, which is a calculus of total polymorphic functions. This paper considers polymorphic types from a functional programming perspective, where the partialness arising from the presence of fixpoint recursion complicates the nature of potentially infinite (‘lazy’) data types. An approach to Reynolds' notion of relational parametricity is developed that works directly on the syntax of a programming language, using a novel closure operator to relate operational behaviour to parametricity properties of types. Working with an extension of Plotkin's PCF with ∀types, lazy lists and existential types, we show by example how the resulting logical relation can be used to prove properties of polymorphic types up to operational equivalence.
Syntactic Type Abstraction
 ACM TOPLAS
, 2000
"... data types; F.3.2 [Logics and Meanings of Programs]: Semantics of Programming LanguagesOperational Semantics; F.3.3 [Logics and Meanings of Programs]: Studies of Program ConstructsType Structure General Terms: Languages, Security, Theory, Verification Additional Key Words and Phrases: Opera ..."
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data types; F.3.2 [Logics and Meanings of Programs]: Semantics of Programming LanguagesOperational Semantics; F.3.3 [Logics and Meanings of Programs]: Studies of Program ConstructsType Structure General Terms: Languages, Security, Theory, Verification Additional Key Words and Phrases: Operational semantics, parametricity, proof techniques, syntactic proofs, type abstraction 1.
Kripke Logical Relations and PCF
 Information and Computation
, 1995
"... Sieber has described a model of PCF consisting of continuous functions that are invariant under certain (finitary) logical relations, and shown that it is fully abstract for closed terms of up to thirdorder types. We show that one may achieve full abstraction at all types using a form of "Kripke lo ..."
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Sieber has described a model of PCF consisting of continuous functions that are invariant under certain (finitary) logical relations, and shown that it is fully abstract for closed terms of up to thirdorder types. We show that one may achieve full abstraction at all types using a form of "Kripke logical relations" introduced by Jung and Tiuryn to characterize definability. To appear in Information and Computation. (Accepted, October 1994) Supported by NSF grant CCR92110829. 1 Introduction The nature of sequential functional computation has fascinated computer scientists ever since Scott remarked on a curious incompleteness phenomenon when he introduced LCF (Logic for Computable Functions) and its continuous function model in 1969 (Scott, 1993). Scott noted that although the functionals definable by terms in PCFthe term language of LCFadmitted a sequential evaluation strategy, there were functions in the model that seemed to require a parallel evaluation strategy. "Sequen...
Prelogical Relations
, 1999
"... this paper but which have some intriguing connections to some of our results and techniques, are [32] and [20]. We believe that the concept of prelogical relation would have a beneficial impact on the presentation and understanding of their results ..."
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this paper but which have some intriguing connections to some of our results and techniques, are [32] and [20]. We believe that the concept of prelogical relation would have a beneficial impact on the presentation and understanding of their results
Notes on Sconing and Relators
, 1993
"... This paper describes a semantics of typed lambda calculi based on relations. The main mathematical tool is a categorytheoretic method of sconing, also called glueing or Freyd covers. Its correspondence to logical relations is also examined. 1 Introduction Many modern programming languages feature ..."
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This paper describes a semantics of typed lambda calculi based on relations. The main mathematical tool is a categorytheoretic method of sconing, also called glueing or Freyd covers. Its correspondence to logical relations is also examined. 1 Introduction Many modern programming languages feature rather sophisticated typing mechanisms. In particular, languages such as ML include polymorphic data types, which allow considerable programming flexibility. Several notions of polymorphism were introduced into computer science by Strachey [Str67], among them the important notion of parametric polymorphism. Strachey's intuitive definition is that a polymorphic function is parametric if it has a uniformly given algorithm in all types, that is, if the function's behavior is independent of the type at which the function is instantiated. Reynolds [Rey83] proposed a mathematical definition of parametric polymorphic functions by means of invariance with respect to certain relations induced by typ...