An Axiomatic Value Model for Isabelle/UTP
The Unifying Theories of Programming (UTP) is a mathematical framework to define, examine and link program semantics for a large variety of computational paradigms. Several mechanisations of the UTP in HOL theorem provers have been developed. All of them, however, succumb to a trade off in how they encode the value model of UTP theories. A deep and unified value model via a universal (data)type incurs restrictions on permissible value types and adds complexity; a value model directly instantiating HOL types for UTP values retains simplicity, but sacrifices expressiveness, since we lose the ability to compositionally reason about alphabets and theories. We here propose an alternative solution that axiomatises the value model and retains the advantages of both approaches. We carefully craft a definitional mechanism in the Isabelle/HOL prover that guarantees soundness.
We would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful suggestions and conscientious reading of the paper.
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