From Equational Specifications of Algebras with Structure to Varieties of Data Languages (Invited Paper)

Author Stefan Milius

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Stefan Milius
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

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Stefan Milius. From Equational Specifications of Algebras with Structure to Varieties of Data Languages (Invited Paper). In 8th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science (CALCO 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 139, pp. 2:1-2:5, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


This extended abstract first presents a new category theoretic approach to equationally axiomatizable classes of algebras. This approach is well-suited for the treatment of algebras equipped with additional computationally relevant structure, such as ordered algebras, continuous algebras, quantitative algebras, nominal algebras, or profinite algebras. We present a generic HSP theorem and a sound and complete equational logic, which encompass numerous flavors of equational axiomizations studied in the literature. In addition, we use the generic HSP theorem as a key ingredient to obtain Eilenberg-type correspondences yielding algebraic characterizations of properties of regular machine behaviours. When instantiated for orbit-finite nominal monoids, the generic HSP theorem yields a crucial step for the proof of the first Eilenberg-type variety theorem for data languages.

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  • Theory of computation → Equational logic and rewriting
  • Theory of computation → Formal languages and automata theory
  • Birkhoff theorem
  • Equational logic
  • Eilenberg theorem
  • Data languages


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