A parameterization process, functorially

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Dominguez, César
Duval, Dominique
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The parameterization process used in the symbolic computation systems Kenzo and EAT is studied here as a general construction in a categorical framework. This parameterization process starts from a given specification and builds a parameterized specification by adding a parameter as a new variable to some operations. Given a model of the parameterized specification, each interpretation of the parameter, called an argument, provides a model of the given specification. Moreover, under some relevant terminality assumption, this correspondence between the arguments and the models of the given specification is a bijection. It is proved in this paper that the parameterization process is provided by a functor and the subsequent parameter passing process by a natural transformation. Various categorical notions are used, mainly adjoint functors, pushouts and lax colimits.
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Computer Science - Logic in Computer Science, Mathematics - Category Theory
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