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Title: On bar recursive interpretations of analysis
Author: Powell, Thomas Rhidian John
Awarding Body: Queen Mary, University of London
Current Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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This dissertation concerns the computational interpretation of analysis via proof interpretations, and examines the variants of bar recursion that have been used to interpret the axiom of choice. It consists of an applied and a theoretical component. The applied part contains a series of case studies which address the issue of understanding the meaning and behaviour of bar recursive programs extracted from proofs in analysis. Taking as a starting point recent work of Escardo and Oliva on the product of selection functions, solutions to Godel's functional interpretation of several well known theorems of mathematics are given, and the semantics of the extracted programs described. In particular, new game-theoretic computational interpretations are found for weak Konig's lemma for 01 -trees and for the minimal-bad-sequence argument. On the theoretical side several new definability results which relate various modes of bar recursion are established. First, a hierarchy of fragments of system T based on finite bar recursion are defined, and it is shown that these fragments are in one-to-one correspondence with the usual fragments based on primitive recursion. Secondly, it is shown that the so called `special' variant of Spector's bar recursion actually defines the general one. Finally, it is proved that modified bar recursion (in the form of the implicitly controlled product of selection functions), open recursion, update recursion and the Berardi-Bezem- Coquand realizer for countable choice are all primitive recursively equivalent in the model of continuous functionals.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: EPSRC
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Computer Science