Complexity of Strongly Normalising λ-Terms via Non-idempotent Intersection Types

  • Alexis Bernadet
  • Stéphane Lengrand
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6604)


We present a typing system for the λ-calculus, with non-idempotent intersection types. As it is the case in (some) systems with idempotent intersections, a λ-term is typable if and only if it is strongly normalising. Non-idempotency brings some further information into typing trees, such as a bound on the longest β-reduction sequence reducing a term to its normal form.

We actually present these results in Klop’s extension of λ-calculus, where the bound that is read in the typing tree of a term is refined into an exact measure of the longest reduction sequence.

This complexity result is, for longest reduction sequences, the counterpart of de Carvalho’s result for linear head-reduction sequences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexis Bernadet
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stéphane Lengrand
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.École PolytechniqueFrance
  2. 2.École Normale Supérieur de CachanFrance
  3. 3.CNRSFrance

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