Interpretation of Stream Programs: Characterizing Type 2 Polynomial Time Complexity
We study polynomial time complexity of type 2 functionals. For that purpose, we introduce a first order functional stream language. We give criteria, named well-founded, on such programs relying on second order interpretation that characterize two variants of type 2 polynomial complexity including the Basic Feasible Functions (BFF). These characterizations provide a new insight on the complexity of stream programs. Finally, we adapt these results to functions over the reals, a particular case of type 2 functions, and we provide a characterization of polynomial time complexity in Recursive Analysis.
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