Compositional Coinduction with Sized Types – Dr. Andreas Abel

Event details

  • When: 16th February 2018 12:00 - 13:00
  • Where: Cole 1.33b
  • Format: Seminar


Formal languages and automata are taught to every computer science student.  However, the student will most likely not see the beautiful coalgebraic foundations, which use coindutive reasoning.

In this talk, I recapitulate how infinite tries can represent formal languages (sets of strings).  I explain Agda’s coinduction mechanism based on copatterns and sized types demonstrate that it allows an elegant representation of the usual language constructions like union, concatenation, and Kleene star, with the help of Brzozowski derivatives.