Languages and Programming Group; Department of Computer Science
SVM HeaderParse 0.2
University of Nottingham, UK
SVM HeaderParse 0.1
In this paper we explain how recursion operators can be used to structure and reason about program semantics within a functional language. In particular, we show how the recursion operator fold can be used to structure denotational semantics, how the dual recursion operator unfold can be used to structure operational semantics, and how algebraic properties of these operators can be used to reason about program semantics. The techniques are explained with the aid of two main examples, the first concerning arithmetic expressions, and the second concerning Milner's concurrent language CCS. The aim of the paper is to give functional programmers new insights into recursion operators, program semantics, and the relationships between them. 1 Introduction Many computations are naturally expressed as recursive programs defined in terms of themselves, and properties proved of such programs using some form of inductive argument. Not surprisingly, many programs will have a similar recursive stru...
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In Proc. 3rd ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming