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Computational LambdaCalculus and Monads
, 1988
"... The λcalculus is considered an useful mathematical tool in the study of programming languages, since programs can be identified with λterms. However, if one goes further and uses fijconversion to prove equivalence of programs, then a gross simplification is introduced, that may jeopardise the ap ..."
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The λcalculus is considered an useful mathematical tool in the study of programming languages, since programs can be identified with λterms. However, if one goes further and uses fijconversion to prove equivalence of programs, then a gross simplification is introduced, that may jeopardise the applicability of theoretical results to real situations. In this paper we introduce a new calculus based on a categorical semantics for computations. This calculus provides a correct basis for proving equivalence of programs, independent from any specific computational model.
On reductionbased process semantics
 in Proceedings of FSTTCS ’93, LNCS 761
, 1995
"... Abstract. A formulation of semantic theories for processes which is based on reduction relation and equational reasoning is studied. The new construction can induce meaningful theories for processes, both in strong and weak settings. The resulting theories in many cases coincide with, and sometimes ..."
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Abstract. A formulation of semantic theories for processes which is based on reduction relation and equational reasoning is studied. The new construction can induce meaningful theories for processes, both in strong and weak settings. The resulting theories in many cases coincide with, and sometimes generalise, observationbased formulation of behavioural equivalence. The basic construction of reductionbased theories is studied, taking a simple name passing calculus called $\nu$calculus as an example. Results on other calculi are also briefly discussed. 1
The Lazy Lambda Calculus in a Concurrency Scenario (Extended Abstract)
 Information and Computation
, 1994
"... ) Davide Sangiorgi LFCS  Department of Computer Science Edinburgh University Edinburgh  EH9 3JZ  UK Abstract The use of lambda calculus in richer settings, possibly involving parallelism, is examined in terms of its effect on the equivalence between lambda terms. We concentrate here on Abra ..."
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) Davide Sangiorgi LFCS  Department of Computer Science Edinburgh University Edinburgh  EH9 3JZ  UK Abstract The use of lambda calculus in richer settings, possibly involving parallelism, is examined in terms of its effect on the equivalence between lambda terms. We concentrate here on Abramsky's lazy lambda calculus and we follow two directions. First, the lambda calculus is studied within a process calculus by examining the equivalence $ induced by Milner's encoding into the calculus. We give exact operational and denotational characterizations for $. Secondly, we examine Abramsky's applicative bisimulation when the lambda calculus is augmented with (wellformed) operators, i.e. symbols equipped with reduction rules describing their behaviour. Then, maximal discrimination is obtained when all operators are considered; we show that this discrimination coincides with the one given by $ and that the adoption of certain nondeterministic operators is sufficient and necessary...
A Variable Typed Logic of Effects
 Information and Computation
, 1993
"... In this paper we introduce a variable typed logic of effects inspired by the variable type systems of Feferman for purely functional languages. VTLoE (Variable Typed Logic of Effects) is introduced in two stages. The first stage is the firstorder theory of individuals built on assertions of equalit ..."
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In this paper we introduce a variable typed logic of effects inspired by the variable type systems of Feferman for purely functional languages. VTLoE (Variable Typed Logic of Effects) is introduced in two stages. The first stage is the firstorder theory of individuals built on assertions of equality (operational equivalence `a la Plotkin), and contextual assertions. The second stage extends the logic to include classes and class membership. The logic we present provides an expressive language for defining and studying properties of programs including program equivalences, in a uniform framework. The logic combines the features and benefits of equational calculi as well as program and specification logics. In addition to the usual firstorder formula constructions, we add contextual assertions. Contextual assertions generalize Hoare's triples in that they can be nested, used as assumptions, and their free variables may be quantified. They are similar in spirit to program modalities in ...
Environmental bisimulations for higherorder languages
 In TwentySecond Annual IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
, 2007
"... Developing a theory of bisimulation in higherorder languages can be hard. Particularly challenging can be: (1) the proof of congruence, as well as enhancements of the bisimulation proof method with “upto context ” techniques, and (2) obtaining definitions and results that scale to languages with d ..."
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Developing a theory of bisimulation in higherorder languages can be hard. Particularly challenging can be: (1) the proof of congruence, as well as enhancements of the bisimulation proof method with “upto context ” techniques, and (2) obtaining definitions and results that scale to languages with different features. To meet these challenges, we present environmental bisimulations, a form of bisimulation for higherorder languages, and its basic theory. We consider four representative calculi: pure λcalculi (callbyname and callbyvalue), callbyvalue λcalculus with higherorder store, and then HigherOrder πcalculus. In each case: we present the basic properties of environmental bisimilarity, including congruence; we show that it coincides with contextual equivalence; we develop some upto techniques, including upto context, as examples of possible enhancements of the associated bisimulation method. Unlike previous approaches (such as applicative bisimulations, logical relations, SumiiPierceKoutavasWand), our method does not require induction/indices on evaluation derivation/steps (which may complicate the proofs of congruence, transitivity, and the combination with upto techniques), or sophisticated methods such as Howe’s for proving congruence. It also scales from the pure λcalculi to the richer calculi with simple congruence proofs. 1
Linear Logic, Monads and the Lambda Calculus
 In 11 th LICS
, 1996
"... Models of intuitionistic linear logic also provide models of Moggi's computational metalanguage. We use the adjoint presentation of these models and the associated adjoint calculus to show that three translations, due mainly to Moggi, of the lambda calculus into the computational metalanguage ( ..."
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Models of intuitionistic linear logic also provide models of Moggi's computational metalanguage. We use the adjoint presentation of these models and the associated adjoint calculus to show that three translations, due mainly to Moggi, of the lambda calculus into the computational metalanguage (direct, callbyname and callbyvalue) correspond exactly to three translations, due mainly to Girard, of intuitionistic logic into intuitionistic linear logic. We also consider extending these results to languages with recursion. 1. Introduction Two of the most significant developments in semantics during the last decade are Girard's linear logic [10] and Moggi's computational metalanguage [14]. Any student of these formalisms will suspect that there are significant connections between the two, despite their apparent differences. The intuitionistic fragment of linear logic (ILL) may be modelled in a linear model  a symmetric monoidal closed category with a comonad ! which satisfies some extr...
Region Analysis and the Polymorphic Lambda Calculus
 In Proc. of the 14th Annual IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
, 1999
"... We show how to translate the region calculus of Tofte and Talpin, a typed lambda calculus that can statically delimit the lifetimes of objects, into an extension of the polymorphic lambda calculus called F # . We give a denotational semantics of F # , and use it to give a simple and abstract proof o ..."
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We show how to translate the region calculus of Tofte and Talpin, a typed lambda calculus that can statically delimit the lifetimes of objects, into an extension of the polymorphic lambda calculus called F # . We give a denotational semantics of F # , and use it to give a simple and abstract proof of the correctness of memory deallocation. 1 Introduction Implementations of modern programming languages divide dynamically allocated memory into two parts. The stack is used for data that has a simple lastin, firstout lifetime determined by block structure; the other part (often called the heap) is used for data whose lifetime extends beyond the scope of program blocks. The heap is periodically "garbage collected" to reclaim memory that is no longer needed. Tofte and Talpin's region calculus [23] attempts to unify these two styles of memory management. The region calculus divides memory into regions, and provides a local scoping mechanism for those regions. Every value created by the pro...
Operational Theories of Improvement in Functional Languages (Extended Abstract)
 In Proceedings of the Fourth Glasgow Workshop on Functional Programming
, 1991
"... ) David Sands y Department of Computing, Imperial College 180 Queens Gate, London SW7 2BZ email: ds@uk.ac.ic.doc Abstract In this paper we address the technical foundations essential to the aim of providing a semantic basis for the formal treatment of relative efficiency in functional langu ..."
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) David Sands y Department of Computing, Imperial College 180 Queens Gate, London SW7 2BZ email: ds@uk.ac.ic.doc Abstract In this paper we address the technical foundations essential to the aim of providing a semantic basis for the formal treatment of relative efficiency in functional languages. For a general class of "functional" computation systems, we define a family of improvement preorderings which express, in a variety of ways, when one expression is more efficient than another. The main results of this paper build on Howe's study of equality in lazy computation systems, and are concerned with the question of when a given improvement relation is subject to the usual forms of (in)equational reasoning (so that, for example, we can improve an expression by improving any subexpression). For a general class of computation systems we establish conditions on the operators of the language which guarantee that an improvement relation is a precongruence. In addition, for...
Correspondence between Operational and Denotational Semantics
 Handbook of Logic in Computer Science
, 1995
"... This course introduces the operational and denotational semantics of PCF and examines the relationship between the two. Topics: Syntax and operational semantics of PCF, Activity Lemma, undefinability of parallel or; Context Lemma (first principles proof) and proof by logical relations Denotational ..."
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This course introduces the operational and denotational semantics of PCF and examines the relationship between the two. Topics: Syntax and operational semantics of PCF, Activity Lemma, undefinability of parallel or; Context Lemma (first principles proof) and proof by logical relations Denotational semantics of PCF induced by an interpretation; (standard) Scott model, adequacy, weak adequacy and its proof (by a computability predicate) Domain Theory up to SFP and Scott domains; non full abstraction of the standard model, definability of compact elements and full abstraction for PCFP (PCF + parallel or), properties of orderextensional (continuous) models of PCF, Milner's model and Mulmuley's construction (excluding proofs) Additional topics (time permitting): results on pure simplytyped lambda calculus, Friedman 's Completeness Theorem, minimal model, logical relations and definability, undecidability of lambda definability (excluding proof), dIdomains and stable functions Homepa...
Eager normal form bisimulation
 In Proc. 20th Annual IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
, 2005
"... Abstract. Normal form bisimulation is a powerful theory of program equivalence, originally developed to characterize LévyLongo tree equivalence and Boehm tree equivalence. It has been adapted to a range of untyped, higherorder calculi, but types have presented a difficulty. In this paper, we prese ..."
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Abstract. Normal form bisimulation is a powerful theory of program equivalence, originally developed to characterize LévyLongo tree equivalence and Boehm tree equivalence. It has been adapted to a range of untyped, higherorder calculi, but types have presented a difficulty. In this paper, we present an account of normal form bisimulation for types, including recursive types. We develop our theory for a continuationpassing style calculus, JumpWithArgument (JWA), where normal form bisimilarity takes a very simple form. We give a novel congruence proof, based on insights from game semantics. A notable feature is the seamless treatment of etaexpansion. We demonstrate the normal form bisimulation proof principle by using it to establish a syntactic minimal invariance result and the uniqueness of the fixed point operator at each type.