Density and Choice for Total Continuous Functionals
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Mathematisches Institut der Universitat Munchen
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this paper is to give complete proofs of the density theorem and the choice principle for total continuous functionals in the natural and concrete context of the partial continuous functionals [Ers77], essentially by specializing more general treatments in the literature. The proofs obtained are relatively short and hopefully perspicious, and may contribute to redirect attention to the fundamental questions Kreisel originally was interested in. Obviously this work owes much to other sources. In particular I have made use of work by Scott [Sco82] (whose notion of an information system is taken as a basis to introduce domains), Roscoe [Ros87], Larsen and Winskel [LW84] and Berger [Ber93]. The paper is organized as follows. Section 1 treats information systems, and in section 2 it is shown that the partial orders defined by them are exactly the (Scott) domains with countable basis. Section 3 gives a characterization of the continuous functions between domains, in terms of approximable mappings. In section 4 cartesian products and function spaces of domains and information systems are introduced. In section 5 the partial and total continuous functionals are defined. Section 6 finally contains the proofs of the two theorems above; it will be clear that the same proofs also yield effective versions of these theorems.