The Delta-Lambda package

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A demonstration package for the type system delta-lambda (of N.G. De-bruijn) in ~1000 lines of haskell. this is at the moment exceptionally ALPHA level software. no tests for the validity of the type checker (only the type synthesizer), or the parser, or the repl, etc... there are dragons in here (soon to be tamed), and lots of them! todo: profiling, unit testing, formal verification of type correctness adequacy proof of the implemented type system.

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Dependencies base (>=4.8 && <4.10), bytestring (>=, Cabal (>=1.9.2), cereal (==0.5.*), cpphs (>=1.20), filepath (>=, haskeline (==0.7.*), megaparsec (>=5.0 && <5.3), mtl (==2.2.*), options (==1.2.*), parallel (==3.2.*), text (>=, wl-pprint (>=1.2) [details]
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ΔΛ (Delta-Lambda)

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Introduction :

This language is a test language for an implementation of the type system ΔΛ (Delta-Lambda) described by de Bruijn for simplifying the semantics of his Automath project. Eventually I will post the Coq/Idris/Agda/etc... proofs for the compliance of the code to the inferential rules specified by De Groote.

Syntax :

The syntax is expressed in EBNF.

expression syntax

Expression  = 'type'
              | Identifier
            | '(' , Expression  , { ',' , Expression  } , ')' , Expression
            | '[' , Declaration , { ',' , Declaration } , ']' , Expression
Declaration = [ Identifier , { ',' , Identifier } ] ':' Expression

Semantics :

the semantics of delta-lambda are fairly simple, and involve inductive definitions on the structure of expressions. We will step through the inductive relations on terms and describe them in detail. We assume that beta equivalence is known to be the reflexive transitive symmetric closure of beta reduction, which is defined as normal. the notation <CODE>[x := A]B</CODE> is used to represent substitution, which also takes on the typical meaning (pedants may examine de Bruijn's paper) here are the relations (the names of which are the same in the code):

  1. typeOf
    • the typeOf function produces the type of a term, by replacing the tail variable with it's type

typeOf[context, x] = A if [x : A] in context typeOf[context, (A) B] = (A) typeOf[context, B] typeOf[context, [x : A] B] = [x: A] typeOf[[x : A] context, B])

  1. ftype
    • this function produces the 'final' type of a term, that is the term ends in <CODE>type</CODE>. (note that this essentially preforms eta expansion)

ftype[context, A] = A if tail[A] is type ftype[context, A] = typef[context, typeOf[context, A]] if tail[A] is not type

  1. tail
    • this function computes the term at the 'end' of a spine.

tail[type] = type tail[x] = x tail[(A) B] = tail[B] tail[[x : A] B] = tail[B]

  1. correct
    • this is the most important structural function, it's purpose is to prove (or disprove) that a given term is (or is not) correct.

correct[context, type] = true correct[context, x] = true iff (x A) in context, else false correct[context, [x : A] B] = correct[context, A] and correct[[x : A] context, B] correct[context, (A) B] = correct[B] and typing[context, A] is beta equivalent to some [x : C] D and typeOf[context, B] is beta equivalent to C and correct[context, [x := B]D] It must be reiterated that proofs of the conformance of these structural relations on Expressions have not been written yet, as the relations are not simply recursive, so a proof in Coq/Agda/Idris/etc... will be very difficult Also note that the code does not exactly follow this formalism.

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