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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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Nominal Tree Languages i.e. with Binders and Infinite Symbols?

I'm wondering if there has been any research done into automata that accept languages of trees that can bind arbitrary variables, and are considered equal under alpha equivalence. I've found so far: ...
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Phonology and lambda calculus

I wonder whether there is any relationship between lambda calculus and phonology (study of phonemes). Specifically, how one would use the concepts of lambda calculus (typed or untyped) in the study of ...
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Applications of solvability in the λ-calculus

What are applications of solvability / unsolvability, and of operational characterizations of solvability? Solvability In the (untyped pure call-by-name) $\lambda$-calculus, a closed term is said to ...
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Is it possible to create a “quote” function that, given a native λ-term, returns its λ-encoded representation?

Suppose we implement the λ-calculus inside the λ-calculus itself with λ-encodings and Bruijn indices: ...
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Realizability theory: difference in power between Lambda calculus and Turing Machines

I have three related subquestions, which are highlighted by bullet points below (no, they could not be split, if you are wondering). Andrej Bauer wrote, here, that some functions are realizable ...
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Metrics for modelling convergence in the lambda-calculus

I wonder if there have been efforts to reconcile the measure approach to termination and Scott's domain theory or other topological models of computation. In other words, can we translate this measure ...
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Can we derive Cubical Type Theory from Self-Types?

Self Types are known for being a simple extension to the Calculus of Constructions that allow it to derive all inductive datatypes of a proof assistant like Coq and Agda, without a "hardcoded&...
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What is the time complexity of substitution algorithms(normalization by evaluation, explicit subtitution)?

I'm studying the substitution algorithms of lambda calculus. I think now I understand how they work, but I couldn't find any materials about their time complexity yet. This is what I've thought about ...
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Forming ordered pairs using monads and doing without the Kuratowski encoding of ordered pairs

Suppose we have a set $S$ of constants of the Simply-Typed Lambda Calculus (STLC) various types, and the operation of union $\cup$ which takes two constants and forms their union. For example, $S$ ...
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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 this a reader monad?

I'm unsure whether the following three equations constitute a valid instance of a reader/environment monad on the simply-typed lambda calculus, where $\alpha$ is any type (I subscript some terms with ...
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Category theory lambda cube?

If simply typed lambda calculus corresponds to cartesian closed categories, what types of categories do other calculi in the lambda cube correspond to? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambda_cube
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Categorical equivalent of higher order logic

From Simply typed lambda calculus and higher order logic, I get the impression that HOL is STLC + equality + equality axioms. I was wondering if there is a particular kind of category modelling this.
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An efficient Beta-Equivalence algorithm?

Is there an efficient algorithm to determine if two terms are beta-equivalent? I'm specifically curious about simply-typed-lambda-calculus, so you can assume both terms are strongly normalizing. I ...
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Beta reduction and vacuous lambda abstraction [closed]

Suppose we have the following typed lambda term (where $s$ does not occur in E (which is of type $s \to p$) and $s$ and $s'$ have the same type), and want to apply $\beta$-reduction: $(\lambda s. E)\, ...
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Would it be possible to derive `transp` natively from Path, Interval and typecase?

Assume for a moment that we extended Agda with an Interval and a Path type, but not transp (which is a primitive currently). I'm ...
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Busy Beaver Equivalent for the Untyped Lambda Calculus

In the same way that the Busy Beaver function is defined for Turing Machines, we could define a similar function for the untyped lambda calculus: Over all terms in the ULC composed of ...
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A substitution to add variables in the context

I'm doing type-inference in a dependently typed language, using (as is commonly done) a λ-calculus with explicit substitutions like that of Abadi (with a representation based on debruijn indices) in ...
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Sample Terms in System Omega

I've been implementing mini languages that fall into each corner of the Lambda Cube. My main reference for this has been Types and Programming Languages. The latest one I finished is System Omega. I ...
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Set:Set or Negative Inductives in a Total Language?

In total dependently typed languages, general recursion is forbidden, since this can allow for non-terimination. However, dependently typed language can still describe Turing-complete computations (...
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Can recursion be replaced with a finite set of higher-order functions? [closed]

I am wondering if there is some proof that all recursive algorithms can be rewritten to use some known set of higher-order functions instead of recursion. I'm talking about functions like fold, map, ...
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Applications of Barendregt–Geuvers–Klop conjecture

I was learning about type systems from Benjamin C. Pierce's Types and Programming Languages and came across the Lambda cube in the chapter on Higher-Order Polymorphism. After reading up more about it ...
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Type System Of $\lambda\mu$-Calculus

reading this paper on CPS-tranformation from the $\lambda\mu$-calculus, I'm a bit confused about the type system presented: Why second-order formulas in the types? Is this according to the Curry-...
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Other popular lambda calculus encodings besides Church's?

I know once could start from the popular Church encodings of booleans, ints, etc and arbitrarily obfuscate and complicate them to obtain new representations of the same concepts, but are there other ...
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PHOAS with extrinsic typing?

Parameterized Higher Order Abstract Syntax (PHOAS) is a representation of syntax trees that allows the host language's binding to be used to represent binding in the language being modelled, while ...
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Church numerals and Kleene numerals

Church numerals $\overline{0} = \lambda fx. x$ and $\overline{n} = \lambda f x. f^n x$ are provisions for applying a function $n$ times to an argument. An alternate system of numerals, possibly ...
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Smallest possible universal combinator

I am looking for the smallest possible universal combinator, measured by the number of abstractions and applications required to specify such a combinator in the lambda calculus. Examples of universal ...
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Semantic read-back of sharing graphs

A "sharing graph" is a representation of a $\lambda$-term that modifies an abstract syntax tree by adding edges connecting each variable use to the place where that variable is bound. They are used ...
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Is System-F with higher-kinded newtypes equivalent in computational power to System-F omega?

If we have System-F with higher-kinded types and newtypes, then we can express everything (I think) of System-F omega, except we have to manually (un)pack. For example: ...
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Termination checking for Scott-encodings in System F with positive-recursive types

Is there any research on termination analysis on Scott-encodings in System F with positive-recursive types. All papers I have found use languages with constructors and case analysis (for example ...
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Resources for Church's paper “An Unsolvable Problem of Elementary Number Theory”?

I'm trying to understand and breakdown into simple English Church's paper for "An Unsolvable Problem of Elementary Number Theory" but I'm not finding anything useful online, only citations and links ...
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Infinite $\beta \eta$-reduction sequence implies infinite $\beta$-reduction sequence

In Sorensen and Urzyczyn's book there is a lemma (1.3.11) which I am having a hard time proving. 1.3.11 Lemma: If there is an infinite $\beta \eta$-reduction sequence starting with a term $M$ then ...
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Is Combinatory Logic (CL) still relevant for programming language theory?

I've been reading up on R. Smullyan's "To Mock a Mockingbird" and Hindley's "Lambda-Calculus and Combinators: An Introduction". I've even read Schonfinkel's 1924 paper introducing the idea of ...
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What is the “question” that programming language theory is trying to answer?

I've been interested in various topics like Combinatory Logic, Lambda Calculus, Functional Programming for a while and have been studying them. However, unlike the "Theory of Computation" which ...
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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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Extending EAL with recursion makes it incompatible with the abstract algorithm?

A few years ago, I've asked if Elementary Affine Logic can be used as the core type system of a practical programming language. The accepted answer argues that, yes, although such language would be ...
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Weakly normalizing + confluent = strongly normalizing?

I was reading this abstract and saw that they prove weak normalization and confluence. My limited understanding suggests that those two properties should provide strong normalization, which then ...
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Proof that CIC or Dybjer-style eliminators are strongly-normalizing?

Related to this question I'm wondering, what is the standard technique for showing that dependent types with eliminators are strongly normalizing? I'm thinking something like the Calculus of ...
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Is it possible to check equality of equi-recursive types, or recursive λ-terms?

Can we determine if two λ-terms are equal? Given two lambda terms, let's say they are equal if their (possibly infinite) Bohm trees are. Under this definition, for example, ...
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Hereditary Substitution with Inductives and Eliminators?

I'm wondering, is there any existing work on hereditary substitution with inductive type families and dependent eliminators? In particular, normalizing the application of an eliminator to an ...
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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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When a type is a value?

In functional programming and in the theoretical setting of the $\lambda$-calculus it is standard to consider a lambda abstraction $\lambda x.M$ as a value. In my understanding, the intuitive reason ...
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Can a totality checker be used to guarantee a proof on the calculus of constructions + inductive types is correct?

If we extend the Calculus of Constructions with Fix, we gain a lot of expressivity for barely no added complexity. That includes being able to derive induction, perform large eliminations, prove ...
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Calculus of Constructions: compress expression to its smallest form

I'm aware that the Calculus of Constructions is strongly normalizing, meaning every expression has a normal for that cannot be beta,eta-reduced further. So in fact this is the most efficient ...
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Hereditary substitution with a universe hierarchy

I've read about hereditary substitution for the Simple Lambda Calculus and for The Logical Framework with distinct terms and types. I'm wondering, are there any examples of hereditary substitution in ...
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Classification of Typed/Untyped Lambda Calculi

Can anyone explain briefly (if thats possible!) or refer me to a reference, summarizing the differences between untyped lambda calculus and the more common typed lambda calculi? I'm particularly ...
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Understanding the Proof of Strong Normalization of the Calculus of Constructions

I have difficulties in understanding the proof of strong normalization for the calculus of constructions. I try to follow the proof in the paper of Herman Geuvers "A short and flexible proof of Strong ...
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Typing of substitution in a bidirectional type system

In most typed lambda calculi, we have the following lemma: If $\Gamma \vdash t_1 : \tau_1$ and $\Gamma, x : \tau_1, \Delta \vdash t_2 : \tau_2$ then $\Gamma,\Delta[t_1/x] \vdash t_2[t_1/x] : \tau_2[...
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Preservation under Substitution with Telescopes

In the simply typed lambda calculus, one can show the following result, known as "preservation under substitution": If $\Gamma \vdash v : \tau_1$ and $(x : \tau_1) \vdash t : \tau_2$, then $\Gamma \...
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Locally-nameless representation: normal order & opening with a bound variable

This question concerns the representation used in Arthur Charguéraud's paper “The locally nameless representation” and is somehow a follow-up on this question, where it is asked about the ...

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