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Thu 23 Jan 2020 11:13 - 11:35 at Ile de France II (IDF II) - Types and Effects Chair(s): Dominique Devriese

We propose a framework to study contextual equivalence of programs written in a call-by-value functional language with local integer references. It reduces the problem of contextual equivalence to the problem of non-reachability in a transition system of memory configurations. This reduction is complete for recursion-free programs.

Restricting to programs that do not allocate references inside the body of functions, we encode this non-reachability problem as a constrained Horn clause that can then be checked for satisfiability automatically. Restricting furthermore to a language with finite data-types, we also get a new decidability result for contextual equivalence at any type.

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