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## Hot answers tagged operational-semantics

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### Do we care about confluence because of unique normal forms?

I don't know what you mean by "practical", but confluence is very useful from the semantic point of view. Hopefully other people will be able to give you other answers from other points of view (for ...
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### Moggi's computational metalanguage

It is an interesting problem to figure out what bothers the OP. First of all, it is not at all the case that the equation put forward by the OP says "different computations have the same value". For ...
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### What is contextual equivalence ignoring non-termination called?

(This is an extended comment). I may be misreading your definitions, but it seems to me that the relation you introduce, let us call it $\simeq$, is not an equivalence relation because it is not ...
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### Why structural rules define the "smallest relation" satisfying the rules?

"Smallest relation with property $\mathscr{P}$" just means "subset of every relation with property $\mathscr{P}$" - thinking of a relation as a set of ordered pairs. Basically, we ...
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### Moggi's computational metalanguage

I still don't quite understand what having a value means, but just considering the question of "can we give up the eta rule for monads", the answer is yes, this is an entirely reasonable thing to ...
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### What's the relation between applicative bisimulation and context equivalence in the $\lambda$-calculus?

It took me a while to realize, but, at least for the standard $\lambda$-calculus, those two should actually coincide. I'm not sure if there's any reference to this (I'd like to see it if there is!), ...
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