The Church's formal system used in computatability, programming languages and proof theory to represent effective functions, programs and their computation, and proofs.

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Scott's stochastic lambda calculi

Recently, Dana Scott proposed stochastic lambda calculus, an attempt to introduce probabilistic elements into (untyped) lambda calculus based on a semantics called graph model. You can find his ...
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Can affine lambda calculus solve every problem in P?

In Advanced Topics in Types and Programming Languages it is mentioned, in the chapter on sub-structural type systems, that a "carefully crafted" affine lambda calculus with a recursion combinator for ...
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Is this behavior in a programming language inconsistent?

I'm developing a tiny programming language to try to wrap my head around type inference, and I'm trying to figure out if its behavior makes sense or not. Here's the problem: The identity function ...
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A function is lambda-2-definable iff it is HG computable and provably type correct in lambda-PRED2

I'm having a problem regarding Theorem 5.4.40.3 of Barendregt's Lambda calculi with types (1992), a chapter in Handbook in logic in computer science. (I'm referring to the PostScript version available ...
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Historic Relationship between Typed Lambda Calculus and Lisp?

I was having a discussion with a friend recently (who is an advocate of strongly typed languages). He made the comment: The inventors of Lambda Calculus always intended it to be typed. Now we ...
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Are there stronger notions of equivalence over lambda terms than beta equivalence?

I should add the context that I am concerned with strongly normalizing systems like System-F. I have what I consider a very strong notion of equivalence for lambda terms that goes something like the ...
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P and NP classes explanation through lambda-calculus

In the introduction and explanation P and NP complexity classes often given through Turing machine. One of the model of computation is the lambda-calculus. I understand, that all of models of ...
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Upper bound on Chaitin's constant for lambda calculus and SKI combinatory logic

I'd like to have proof that Chaitin's constant for lambda calculus and/or SKI combinatory logic is pretty small. I've found some approximations (accurate to about 63 binary digits) for truing machines ...
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How to translate general recursion into a set of $\mu$-recursive operator applications?

I'm trying to find a scheme to translate a functional language with let rec into a set of primitives called "generalized arrows", i.e. $\kappa$-calculus with ...
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Can factorial be encoded in the Kappa-calculus with fixed point operator?

Suppose we have a $\kappa$-calculus with operator $fix$, that could be used to transform function with type $(1 \rightarrow a) \rightarrow a$ to a value of type $1 \rightarrow a$. We use a normal ...
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A bijection between ordered lambda terms and rooted planar maps?

Consider the following recurrence in two parameters $n$ and $k$: \begin{aligned} NF(0,k) &= 0 \\ NF(n,k) &= Neu(n,k) + NF(n-1,k+1) \\ Neu(n,k) &= [n=1 \wedge k=1] + ...
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Complete combinator basis for System F-omega

The S and K combinators form a complete (and Turing complete) basis when untyped. Within the Hindley-Milner type-system, and I believe within system $F$ as well, S and K can encode any well-typed ...
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What is the contribution of lambda calculus to the field of theory of computation?

I'm just reading up on lambda calculus to "get to know it". I see it as an alternate form of computation as opposed to the Turing Machine. It's an interesting way of doing things with ...
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Equivalence of categories of directed complete posets

I asked this question there: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/700975/equivalence-of-categories-of-directed-complete-posets. Since I had no answer, I try here. In the book ``Domains and ...
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Defining a calculation-reversing function in the lambda calculus

Obviously, lambda calculus functions are not in general invertible. That is, there is no lambda function $V$ (for inVerse) such that $$ (V\; A)\; (A\; B) \to B $$ for every $A$ and $B$ such that $(A\; ...
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A Lambda calculus for invertible (r-Turing computable) functions

I'm interested in the concept of "r-Turing completeness", as defined by Axelsen and Glück (2011). A system is r-Turing complete if it can compute the same set of functions as a reversible Turing ...
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Are two unbound variables alpha-equivalent? [closed]

Let's say we have the following cases: $a =_\alpha b$ $a =_\alpha a$ Which of the above cases are $\alpha$-equivalent? Or does $\alpha$-equivalence has no meaning in the context of just variables? ...
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How to make the Lambda Calculus strong normalizing without a type system?

Is there any system similar to the lambda calculus that is strong normalizing, without the need to add a type system on top of it?
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Evaluation contexts: outside-in vs inside-out

I heard that there exist two styles to define an evaluation context: outside-in and inside-out. Can someone give the definitions? Why are they so named (inside-out and outside-in)? What is the ...
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Implementation of alpha equivalence

I'm reading through "Type Theory & Functional Programming" by Simon Thompson and it says We shall not distinguish between expressions which are equivalent up to change of bound variable names ...
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Why is lambda calculus a “calculus”?

The only definition of "calculus" I'm aware of is the study of limits, derivatives, integrals, etc. in analysis. In what sense is lambda calculus (or things like mu calculus) a "calculus"? How does it ...
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Is combinatory strong reduction equivalent to lambda beta-eta reduction?

I'm familiar with the correspondence between combinatory logic and $\lambda$-calculus at equality level, ie $=_{\beta\eta}$ corresponds to $=_s$ (the equivalence relation generated by strong ...
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Regular languages in lambda calculus

With Turing machines, by imposing certain restrictions on the form of the transition function, one can get a machine that accepts only regular languages. I am wondering what is the counterpart in ...
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Is there a space efficient way to represent numbers on the lambda calculus?

This is something I've been thinking. While it is agreed that Lambda Calculus is equivalent to a Turing Machine in power, is it actually so? Church Numerals are not very space efficient and I'm not ...
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“lambda” term usage in programming

could any one please let me know what is the relation between "lambda" and anonymous functions in programming? in other words why we say lambda function to an anonymous function? I am here trying to ...
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A few questions about ISWIM

I recently read Landin's paper "The Next 700 Programming Languages". But I was a bit confused by ISWIM. In particular, are functions first-class objects in ISWIM? It seems not because every ...
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What are the simplest turing-complete systems? [closed]

Lambda Calculus is very simple. Are there even simpler turing-complete systems? Which is the simplest of them all?
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Is there a systematic method for constructing lambda calculus terms that can distinguish between inputs?

For example, finding terms $\vec{a}$ such that: $\vec{a}(\lambda x.x) = T\\\vec{a}(\lambda xy.x) = F$ Is there a systematic method for finding terms with these types of constraint?
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η-conversion vs extensionality in extensions of lambda-calculus

I'm often confused by the relation between η-conversion and extensionality. Edit: According to comments, it seems I'm also confused about the relation between extensional equivalence and ...
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What is the difference between arrows and exponential objects in a cartesian closed category?

In a Cartesian Closed Category (CCC), there exist the so-called exponential objects, written $B^A$. When a CCC is considered as a model of the simply-typed $\lambda$-calculus, an exponential object ...
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funsplit and polarity of Pi-types

In a recent thread on the Agda mailing list, the question of $\eta$ laws popped up, in which Peter Hancock made thought-provoking remark. My understanding is that $\eta$ laws come with negative ...
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What is the benefit of Krivine's notation?

I saw some people uses Krivine's notation for function application when presenting the syntax for the $\lambda$-calculus. For example, the $\lambda$-term $\lambda f . \lambda x . \lambda y . f\ x\ y$ ...
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Are the $\lambda_I$-Calculus and the $\lambda_K$-Calculus equivalent?

I see here and there mention of the $\lambda_I$-Calculus (in which every variable must be used at least once) and the $\lambda_K$-Calculus (in which a variable can also be unused). Are they ...
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Can Scheme's call/cc implement all known control flow structures?

The page "Advanced Scheme: Some Naughty Bits" states: Continuations are a powerful control-flow construct from which nearly any other control-flow structure [...] may be derived. I thought ...
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A simple proof that decidability of typability in System F ($\lambda 2$) implies decidability of type checking?

Suppose we don't know Joe B. Wells's result from 1994 that both typability and type checking are undecidable in System F (AKA $\lambda 2$). In Barendregt's Lambda calculi with types (1992) I found a ...
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Is it possible to decide $\beta$-equivalence within System F (or another normalizing typed λ-calculus)?

I know that's impossible to decide $\beta$-equivalence for untyped lambda calculus. Quoting Barendregt, H. P. The Lambda Calculus: Its Syntax and Semantics. North Holland, Amsterdam (1984).: If A ...
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Characterizing closure under expansion/reduction for big-step semantics?

Two common ways of formulating operational semantics for programming languages based on lambda-calculus are big-step and small-step semantics. In a big step semantics, you give a relation $e ...
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What's the expressive power of Simply Typed Lambda calculus?

The standard approach to simply typed lambda calculus considers computations over Church numerals. If input and outputs are Church numerals always typed as $Int$, where $Int = (\tau \rightarrow \tau) ...
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Exponential blowup in Simple Proof of a theorem of Statman by Mairson

I'm studying "A simple proof of a theorem of Statman" by H.G. Mairson. At page 4, he encodes set/type theory in lambda calculus. In particular, note che "op" trick in the definition of $eq_{k+1}$. ...
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Extensionality of lambda calculus models

I'm translating a book on LISP and naturally it touches some elements of $\lambda$-calculus. So, a notion of extensionality is mentioned there alongside some models of $\lambda$-calculus, namely: ...
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Reading list on rewriting systems?

I am new to studying rewriting systems as a first year PhD student. I would like to propose a special topics course on rewriting theory, and I want to make sure I don't leave any of the original ...
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Do Higher-Order Functions provide more power to Functional Programming?

My original question was: Is Kappa calculus less powerful than Lambda calculus? Does the lack of Higher-Order functions on a programming language excludes some programs that could only be written in ...
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Origin of Church encodings

In which paper did Alonzo Church first describe Church encoding? I can't find any articles that actually cite the paper, but I am interested in reading it.
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Labels for terms in the lambda calculus

In the lambda calculus, are there commonly accepted names for $x$ and $M$ when they appear in $\lambda x [M]$ ? Something along the lines of "binder" and "bindee"?
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Can boolean algebra be expressed in simply typed lambda caclulus?

Boolean algebra can be expressed in untyped lambda calculus in (for example) this way. ...
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What is the point of calling $\lambda$-calculus an algebra?

What is the difference of calling $\lambda$-calculus an algebra instead of a calculus? I raise this question because I read somewhere the line "$\lambda$-calculus is not a calculus but an algebra" ...
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Lambda Calculus - are these two expressions equivalent? [closed]

(λa.(λb.λc.b)) and (λa.λb.λc.b) I was wondering if someone could explain, using mostly English, what that lambda-calculus expression is supposed to mean, and whether there is any difference between ...
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Does using Normal Order Evaluation instead of Normal Order Reduction lose the Normalization theorem?

Normal Order Reduction (NOR) reduce the leftmost, outermost redex. Normal Order Evaluation (NOE) reduce the leftmost, outermost redex, but not within the body of abstractions. So (λw. (λx.x) z) is ...
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Functions that typed lambda calculus cannot compute

I just want to know some examples of the functions that can be computed by the untyped lambda calculus but not by typed lambda calculi. As I am a beginner, some reiteration of background information ...
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How to define eta-equivalence for F-omega types?

There are (at least) two styles for defining a (declarative) equivalence judgement for a typed lambda calculus: via a plain relation $t_1 = t_2$, via an indexed relation $\Gamma \vdash t_1 = t_2 : ...