On Explicit Substitution with Names

This paper recounts the origins of the λx family of calculi of explicit substitution with proper variable names, including the original result of preservation of strong β-normalization based on the use of special reductions for garbage collection. We then discuss the properties of a variant of the calculus which is also confluent for “open” terms (with meta-variables), and verify that a version with garbage collection preserves strong β-normalization (as is the state of the art). Finally, we summarize the relationship with other efforts on using names and garbage collection rules in explicit substitution.

This paper is an expanded version of the journal paper.

By: Kristoffer H. Rose; Roel Bloo; Frédéric Lang

Published in: RC24909 in 2009


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