Algebraic specification with built-in domain constructions

  • Bernhard Möller
  • Andrzej Tarlecki
  • Martin Wirsing
Algebraic Specifications
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 299)


A way of integrating predefined data type constructions into the framework of algebraic specifications is proposed in such a way that some standard results such as existence of initial and terminal algebras for hierarchical specifications are preserved. A general technique is presented which includes as special cases higher-order function spaces, cartesian products and standard power-set constructions. The central idea is to employ the generation principle also for the built-in constructions; this means that e.g. in the higher-order case not all functions use considered but only those that can be denoted by terms. This leads to a particularly simple theory by which the extended specifications can be related to the usual first-order ones.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernhard Möller
    • 1
  • Andrzej Tarlecki
    • 2
  • Martin Wirsing
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für InformatikTechnische Universität MünchenMünchen 2
  2. 2.Polish Academy of SciencesInstitute of Computer ScienceWarsaw, PKiN
  3. 3.Fakultät für Mathematik und InformatikPassau

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