Inductive Reasoning for Coinductive Types
Abstract
We present AlgCo (Algebraic Coinductives), a practical framework for inductive reasoning over commonly used coinductive types such as conats, streams, and infinitary trees with finite branching factor. The key idea is to exploit the notion of algebraic complete partial order from domain theory to define continuous operations over coinductive types via primitive recursion on ``dense'' collections of their elements, enabling a convenient strategy for reasoning about algebraic coinductives by straightforward proofs by induction. We implement the AlgCo framework in Coq and demonstrate its power by verifying a stream variant of the sieve of Eratosthenes, a regular expression library based on coinductive trie encodings of formal languages, and expected value semantics for coinductive sampling processes over discrete probability distributions in the random bit model.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 January 2023
 DOI:
 10.48550/arXiv.2301.09802
 arXiv:
 arXiv:2301.09802
 Bibcode:
 2023arXiv230109802B
 Keywords:

 Computer Science  Logic in Computer Science