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An abstract monadic semantics for value recursion
 In Proceeding of the 2003 Workshop on Fixed Points in Computer Science (FICS
, 2003
"... This paper proposes an operational semantics for value recursion in the context of monadic metalanguages. Our technique for combining value recursion with computational effects works uniformly for all monads. The operational nature of our approach is related to the implementation of recursion in Sch ..."
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This paper proposes an operational semantics for value recursion in the context of monadic metalanguages. Our technique for combining value recursion with computational effects works uniformly for all monads. The operational nature of our approach is related to the implementation of recursion in Scheme and its monadic version proposed by Friedman and Sabry, but it defines a different semantics and does not rely on assignments. When contrasted to the axiomatic approach proposed by Erkök and Launchbury, our semantics for the continuation monad invalidates one of the axioms, adding to the evidence that this axiom is problematic in the presence of continuations. 1
Arrows, like monads, are monoids
 Proc. of 22nd Ann. Conf. on Mathematical Foundations of Programming Semantics, MFPS XXII, v. 158 of Electron. Notes in Theoret. Comput. Sci
, 2006
"... Monads are by now wellestablished as programming construct in functional languages. Recently, the notion of “Arrow ” was introduced by Hughes as an extension, not with one, but with two type parameters. At first, these Arrows may look somewhat arbitrary. Here we show that they are categorically fai ..."
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Monads are by now wellestablished as programming construct in functional languages. Recently, the notion of “Arrow ” was introduced by Hughes as an extension, not with one, but with two type parameters. At first, these Arrows may look somewhat arbitrary. Here we show that they are categorically fairly civilised, by showing that they correspond to monoids in suitable subcategories of bifunctors C op ×C → C. This shows that, at a suitable level of abstraction, arrows are like monads — which are monoids in categories of functors C → C. Freyd categories have been introduced by Power and Robinson to model computational effects, well before Hughes ’ Arrows appeared. It is often claimed (informally) that Arrows are simply Freyd categories. We shall make this claim precise by showing how monoids in categories of bifunctors exactly correspond to Freyd categories.
Causality For Free! Parametricity Implies Causality for Functional Reactive Programs
"... Functional Reactive Programming (FRP) is a model of reactive systems in which signals are timedependent values, and signal functions are functions between signals. Signal functions are required to be causal, in that output behaviour at time t is only allowed to depend on input behaviour up to time ..."
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Functional Reactive Programming (FRP) is a model of reactive systems in which signals are timedependent values, and signal functions are functions between signals. Signal functions are required to be causal, in that output behaviour at time t is only allowed to depend on input behaviour up to time t. In order to enforce causality, many FRP libraries are arrowized, in that they provide combinators for building signal functions, rather than allowing users to write functions directly. In this paper, we provide a definition of deep causality (which coincides with the usual definition on signals of base type, but differs on nested signals). We show that FRP types can be interpreted in System Fω extended with a kind of time, and show that in this interpretation, a “theorems for free” argument shows that parametric functions are deep causal. Since all System Fω functions are parametric, this implies that all implementable functions are deep causal. This model is the formal basis of the agdafrpjs FRP library for the dependently typed programming language Agda, which compiles to JavaScript and executes in the browser. Assuming parametricity of Agda, this allows reactive programs to be written as regular functions over signals, without sacrificing causality. All results in this paper have been mechanically verified in Agda. 1.
A semantical approach to equilibria and rationality
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"... ”An equilibrium does not appear because agents are rational, but rather agents appear to be rational because an equilibrium has been reached.[...] The task for game theory is to formulate a notion of rationality.” Larry Samuelson [20, p. 3] Abstract. Game theoretic equilibria are mathematical expres ..."
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”An equilibrium does not appear because agents are rational, but rather agents appear to be rational because an equilibrium has been reached.[...] The task for game theory is to formulate a notion of rationality.” Larry Samuelson [20, p. 3] Abstract. Game theoretic equilibria are mathematical expressions of rationality. Rational agents are used to model not only humans and their software representatives, but also organisms, populations, species and genes, interacting with each other and with the environment. Rational behaviors are achieved not only through conscious reasoning, but also through spontaneous stabilization at equilibrium points. Formal theories of rationality are usually guided by informal intuitions, which are acquired by observing some concrete economic, biological, or network processes. Treating such processes as instances of computation, we reconstruct and refine some basic notions of equilibrium and rationality from the some basic structures of computation. It is, of course, well known that equilibria arise as fixed points; the point is that semantics of computation of fixed points seems to be providing novel methods, algebraic and coalgebraic, for reasoning about them. 1
CMCS 2010 Categorifying Computations into Components via Arrows as Profunctors
"... The notion of arrow by Hughes is an axiomatization of the algebraic structure possessed by structured computations in general. We claim that an arrow also serves as a basic component calculus for composing statebased systems as components—in fact, it is a categorified version of arrow that does so. ..."
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The notion of arrow by Hughes is an axiomatization of the algebraic structure possessed by structured computations in general. We claim that an arrow also serves as a basic component calculus for composing statebased systems as components—in fact, it is a categorified version of arrow that does so. In this paper, following the second author’s previous work with Heunen, Jacobs and Sokolova, we prove that a certain coalgebraic modeling of components—which generalizes Barbosa’s—indeed carries such arrow structure. Our coalgebraic modeling of components is parametrized by an arrow A that specifies computational structure exhibited by components; it turns out that it is this arrow structure of A that is lifted and realizes the (categorified) arrow structure on components. The lifting is described using the first author’s recent characterization of an arrow as an internal strong monad in Prof, the bicategory of small categories and profunctors.