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Normalization by Evaluation Does not Need Klaus Aehlig \Lambda

Summary: Normalization by Evaluation Does not Need
Klaus Aehlig \Lambda
A variant of normalization by evaluation is presented that works for
weakly normalizing terms of the untyped –­calculus. The main tool is
defining the (semantical) application in such a way that applying a syn­
tactical object to an arguments performs the application by bringing the
argument into the syntax as well.
1 Introduction and related work
Normalization by evaluation [3] is usually presented as follows: Take an appro­
priate semantics for the typed –­calculus and define evaluation ``as usual''. Be­
cause fij­equality holds in the ``real world'', normalization is already performed
by evaluation. The task then is to get a syntactical representation out of the
semantical object. This is usually achieved by defining two functionals '' ae and # ae
(also called ``make self evaluating''/``procedure to object'' or ``reflect''/``reify'')
for every type by induction on the type.
Although this approach has been generalized [1, 6] to polymorphic types and
system F or by adding constants [2] the restriction to typed terms and the
requirement of knowing the type still seems to be a major restriction to the use


Source: Aehlig, Klaus T. - Institut für Informatik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


Collections: Mathematics; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences