## Behavioural Theories and The Proof of Behavioural Properties (1996)

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@MISC{Bidoit96behaviouraltheories,

author = {Michel Bidoit and Rolf Hennicker},

title = {Behavioural Theories and The Proof of Behavioural Properties},

year = {1996}

}

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Behavioural theories are a generalization of first-order theories where the equality predicate symbol is interpreted by a behavioural equality of objects (and not by their identity). In this paper we first consider arbitrary behavioural equalities determined by some (partial) congruence relation and we show how to reduce the behavioural theory of any class of algebras to (a subset of) the standard theory of some corresponding class of algebras. This reduction is the basis of a method for proving behavioural theorems whenever an axiomatization of the behavioural equality is provided. Then we focus on the important special case of (partial) observational equalities where two elements are observationally equal if they cannot be distinguished by observable computations over some set of input values. We provide general conditions under which an obvious infinite axiomatization of the observational equality can be replaced by a finitary one and we provide methodological guidelines for finding such...