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Probabilistic concurrent constraint programming: Towards a fully abstract model

  • Alessandra Di Pierro
  • Herbert Wiklicky
Contributed Papers Programming
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1450)

Abstract

This paper presents a Banach space based approach towards a denotational semantics of a probabilistic constraint programming language. This language is based on the concurrent constraint programming paradigm, where randomness is introduced by means of a probabilistic choice construct. As a result, we obtain a declarative framework, in which randomised algorithms can be expressed and formalised. The denotational model we present is constructed by using functional-analytical techniques. As an example, the existence of fixed-points is guaranteed by the Brouwer-Schauder Fixed-Point Theorem. A concrete fixed-point construction is also presented which corresponds to a notion of observables capturing the exact results of both finite and infinite computations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandra Di Pierro
    • 1
  • Herbert Wiklicky
    • 1
  1. 1.City UniversityLondon

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