@MISC{Uustalu03generalizingsubstitution, author = {Tarmo Uustalu}, title = {Generalizing Substitution}, year = {2003} }

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Abstract

It is well known that, given an endofunctor H on a category C, the initial (A + H−)-algebras (if existing), i.e., the algebras of (wellfounded) H-terms over different variable supplies A, give rise to a monad with substitution as the extension operation (the free monad induced by the functor H). Moss [17] and Aczel, Adámek, Milius and Velebil [2] have shown that a similar monad, which even enjoys the additional special property of having iterations for all guarded substitution rules (complete iterativeness), arises from the inverses of the final (A + H−)-coalgebras (if existing), i.e., the algebras of non-wellfounded H-terms. We show that, upon an appropriate generalization of the notion of substitution, the same can more generally be said about the initial T ′ (A, −)-algebras resp. the inverses of the final T ′ (A, −)coalgebras for any endobifunctor T ′ on any category C such that the functors T ′ (−,X) uniformly carry a monad structure.