# A Set-Theoretical Definition of Application

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1 A Set-Theoretical Definition of Application Gordon Plotkin 1 1 Department of Computer Science, University of Edinburgh, King s Buildings, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, UK.

2 Preface This paper is in two parts. Part 1 is the previously unpublished 1972 memorandum [41], with editorial changes and some minor corrections. Part 2 presents what happened next, together with some further development of the material. The first part begins with an elementary set-theoretical model of the λβ-calculus. Functions are modelled in a similar way to that normally employed in set theory, by their graphs; difficulties are caused in this enterprise by the axiom of foundation. Next, based on that model, a model of the λβη-calculus is constructed by means of a natural deduction method. Finally, a theorem is proved giving some general properties of those non-trivial models of the λβη-calculus which are continuous complete lattices. In the second part we begin with a brief discussion of models of the λ-calculus in set theories with anti-foundation axioms. Next we review the model of the λβ-calculus of Part 1 and also the closely related but different! models of Scott [51, 52] and of Engeler [19, 20]. Then we discuss general frameworks in which elementary constructions of models can be given. Following Longo [36], one can employ certain Scott-Engeler algebras. Following Coppo, Dezani-Ciancaglini, Honsell and Longo [13], one can obtain filter models from their Extended Applicative Type Structures. We give an extended discussion of various ways of constructing models of the λβη-calculus, and the connections between them. Finally we give extensions of the theorem to complete partial orders. Throughout we concentrate on means of constructing models. We hardly consider any analysis of their properties; we do not at all consider their application. 1

3 Part1: Introduction There seem to be three main difficulties in the way finding a reasonable concept of application which allows self-application. First there is the cardinality difficulty: if a set contains at least two elements then the set of functions from that set to itself has a greater cardinality than the set itself. So one cannot expect to find a set containing all functions from itself to itself (other than a trivial one). So one has to pick out just some of the functions. But, as a version of Russell s paradox shows, it is not obvious which are the correct ones. It seems reasonable that a set with self-application should contain a function, f, say, with no fixed point. That is, f(x) x for any x in the set. On the other hand, given f, one can define a function, g, from the set to itself by setting g(x) = f(xx). But if g is in the set then g(g) = f(g(g)) a contradiction. Scott s answer (see [47, 48, 49]) is that such a set should be a complete lattice, and each function should be continuous. Then every function has a fixed point. He constructs such lattices as certain inverse limits. We too will find such lattices, but via the third difficulty: what kind of object is a function? With the usual definition of a function as a certain kind of set of ordered pairs and the usual definition of application, the axiom of foundation precludes self-application. We search for variants of these definitions within ZF set theory which allow self-application and can also be used in the same way as the conventional ones. To avoid confusion, we use primes to distinguish non-standard from standard concepts of function, application and mapping. An operation on sets called application is defined by: x[y] = {w z y (< z, w > x and z is finite)} This is as an instance of a more general definition given relative to a fixed relation R between sets: x[y] = {w z (< z, w > x and R(z, y))} This reduces to a mild variant of the standard case, if we take R to be equality and define x to be a function iff it is a function and the second component 2

4 of every ordered pair in x is a singleton. We have collected the outputs of the various members of x since, in general, more than one may be given. If we define R by: R(z, y) (z y and z is finite), then the first definition of application is obtained. To show that nothing has been lost by this definition, let f be a standard function from X to Y. Let ˆf = {< {x}, {y} > < x, y > f} Then, if x X, ˆf[{x}] = {f(x)}. So ˆf has the same behaviour as f. However we now have better possibilities of self-application. For example, given x, let f = {< {1}, {y} > y x} {1}. Then f[f] = x. Further, following the Scottian precept, application is continuous in its second argument place. To see what this means in the present context, a directed set is defined to be one that is non-empty and given two of its members, there is a third member including them both. A function, f, from sets to sets is continuous iff, for any directed set, X, f( X) = x X f(x). The reader can easily check that application is indeed continuous in this sense at its second argument. It has a stronger property at its first one: it is completely additive there. That is, if X is any set, ( X)[y] = x X x[y]. Unfortunately we do not have a good definition of function which allows both ordinary uses, as outlined above, and good collections of functions with self-application. We will outline some of the difficulties and then show how a good collection of sets (not functions ) with self-application can be obtained. The problem is that extensionality fails. For if, say, < y, z > is in x, and w is any finite set, x and x {< y w, z >} are extensionally equivalent. So a definition of function would have to select one member from each extensional equivalence class. It is natural to choose either minimal or maximal members. Let us briefly examine the first alternative. Say that x is a function iff Every member of x is an ordered pair. If < y, z > x then z is a singleton. If < y, z >, < y, z > x and y y then y = y. 3

5 It is not known if there is a way to use this definition to obtain a good domain with self-application. The other alternative suffers from a major defect since the example of how extensionality can fail shows also that there is no maximal set in any equivalence class. However one can try to define mappings instead. Let us say that a set, f, is from X to Y iff f P f ( X) P f ( Y ), where for any X, P f (X) is the set of finite subsets of X. One then says that a mapping from X to Y is a set from X to Y which includes any extensionally equivalent set from X to Y. This is in fact a good definition. But now no non-trivial set can be a set of mappings from itself to itself! For suppose X is a set of mappings from itself to itself. Let T = X. As T is a union of mappings, we get that T P f (T ) P f (T ). We prove by induction on the depth of t that, if t is in T then, for every f in X, t is in f. Given such a t, let t =< x, x >, and choose an f in X. By induction, x g, for every g in X. But then f is extensionally equivalent to f {t}, and so, by the maximality of mappings, we get that t is in f. We turn now to finding a good collection of sets with self-application, neglecting any question as to whether the sets can be regarded as functions or mappings. First we try to find a lattice of sets, TC, which obeys the comprehension axiom: if f : TC TC is continuous then for some ˆf in TC and all x in TC, f(x) = ˆf[x]. Only then will we worry about extensionality. Now if T C = TC, then x TC implies that x T C. So the simplest choice making TC a lattice is to take TC = P(T C ), and we only have to decide the nature of T C. Now the function λx : TC (x y z, ) is a continuous function from TC to TC where y and z are finite subsets of TC. (Here (x y z, ) is an example of McCarthy s conditional expression; it denotes z, if x y holds, and otherwise.) Now {< y, z >} is extensionally equivalent to this function and so we may as well assume that if y and z are finite subsets of T C, < y, z > is in T C, that is that: P f (T C ) P f (T C ) T C If equality holds here then the above argument suggests that difficulties might later arise with obtaining a model of extensionality and comprehension. So we will take T C to contain some set ι which is not an ordered pair. Specifically, 4

6 if we take T C to be the least set such that: T C = {ι} P f (T C ) P f (T C ) then, as we verify in the next section, T C obeys the axiom of comprehension. Extensionality is obtained by a process which effectively identifies ι with some other members of T C and then obtains maximal elements using a operation on T C which, in turn, is specified by means of a natural deduction system. It seems easier to delay more extensive explanations till the actual construction in the next section. Surprisingly it turns out that for certain choices of the identification of ι, one obtains models isomorphic to some obtained by Scott [48, p.33]. Variants on this construction are possible. For example one could build up T C from any number of atoms like ι. Or one could insist that if y were a finite subset of T C and z were any subset of cardinality less than κ, say, then < y, z > is in T C. This would give rather larger collections and the natural deduction system mentioned above would have to be infinitary. As regards the possibility of choosing minimal rather than maximal elements, we suspect that one could have similar difficulties with the definition of mapping. Perhaps one way of overcoming the general difficulty would be to regard ordered pairs of ordered pairs of... as being trees of finite depth and consider replacing them by trees of arbitrary depth. In this way one would avoid those difficulties whose existence depends on the axiom of foundation. The construction of models for the λ-calculus given in the next section seems less general than the Scott construction. In future work we hope to give a construction generalising them both. Other definitions of application are also of some interest. Let us define κ-λ-application, where κ and λ are cardinals and κ < λ by: x[y] λ κ = {w z y (< z, w > x and κ z < λ} This application is completely additive in its first argument and what may be called κ-λ-continuous in its second. A function from sets to sets is κ-λcontinuous iff: f( X) = {f( Y ) Y X and κ Y < λ} 5

7 Ordinary continuity is 0-ℵ 0 -continuity. Complete additivity is 0-2-continuity and what is called additivity, 1-2-continuity. One can obtain complete lattices comprehending all κ-λ-continuous functions and satisfying the axiom of extensionality by similar methods to the above in the cases of complete additivity and additivity. We have not investigated the other cases. More interestingly, define application by: x[y] N = {w z, z (z y and z y = and << z, z >, w > x)} Now functions can have no fixed points. Define T N by: ι T N If x, y, z are finite subsets of T N then << x, y >, z > T N. Let comp = {<<, x >, x > x T N }. Then comp P(T N ) and if x P(T N ), then comp[x] N = (T N \ x) x. This is particularly interesting in view of the version given above, of Russell s paradox, for one of the legs it stands on is the existence of precisely such a function as comp. Finally we give some technical definitions and facts taken from the work of Scott [47, 48, 49]. A continuous lattice is a structure < D,,, > satisfying the following axioms: 1 x = y (x y y x) 2 x y z (z x z y) 3 x y z (x z y) 4 X y x X (x y) 5 X y x X (x y) (when X is finite) 6 x Y y Y (x y) (when Y is directed) (Y is directed iff it is non-empty and x, y Y implies that x z and y z for some z Y.) 6

8 These lattices can be given a topological characterisation [48]. Let = and = D. The following facts taken from unpublished lecture notes of Scott are worth knowing: 1 x y z x z 2 x y z x z 3 x z x y 4 x 5 (x z y z) (x y) z 6 z (z x z y) x y 7 x (x = {z z x}) 8 x y Y ((Directed(Y ) y = Y ) y Y.x y ) A simple example of a continuous lattice is < P(X),,, > where X is any set and, given x, y P(X), x y iff x y and x is finite. An element x of D is isolated iff x x. If for any x in D, x = {z z x and z is isolated} then D is an algebraic lattice [28]. For example, a function c:p(x) P(X) is a closure operation iff it is continuous (with respect to the subset ordering), idempotent and c(x) x when x X. Then < D,,, > is an algebraic lattice if D = {c(x) x X}, x z iff for some finite y X, x c(y) z, and, given Y P(X), Y = c( Y ). It follows from the continuity of c, that for any directed subset Y of D, Y = Y. Suppose, now, that < D, > and < E, > are complete lattices and f is a function from D to E. Then f is continuous iff for any directed set X D, f( X) = x X f(x) 7

9 It is additive iff for any non-empty set X D, f( X) = f(x) x X It is completely additive iff for any X D, f( X) = x X f(x) 2 A Continuous Domain Let T C be the smallest set satisfying: ι T C. If µ, ν are finite subsets of T C, then < µ, ν > T C. Generally we shall use µ ν as an abbreviation for < µ, ν >. We shall use τ, τ,... for members of T C and µ, ν,... for finite subsets of T C and x, y for arbitrary subsets. Let T C = P(T C ). Define x y to hold iff x = µ y for some µ. Then < T C,,, > is a continuous lattice. Let x, y be in T C. Application is defined by: x[y] = {ν µ y (µ ν x)} Application is completely additive in its first argument and continuous in its second one. For the first of these assertions, calculate that: ( X)[y] = {ν µ y (µ ν X)} = { {ν µ y (µ ν x)}} x X = x X = x X { {ν µ y (µ ν x)}} x[y] 8

10 For the second of these assertions, suppose Y is directed. Then µ Y iff y Y (µ y). So: x[ Y ] = {ν µ Y (µ ν x)} = {ν y Y µ y (µ ν x)} = { {ν µ y (µ ν x)}} y Y = y Y x[y] Next we demonstrate comprehension. Let f : TC Let ˆf = {µ ν ν f(µ)}. If x TC then: T C be continuous. ˆf[x] = {ν µ x (µ ν ˆf)} = {ν µ x (ν f(µ))} = f(µ) µ x = f( µ x = f(x) µ) (as {µ µ x} is directed) We now have a model for the λ-calculus without extensionality. Rather than characterise how extensionality fails, we give some examples. For any x, x and x { } are extensionally equivalent. For any x, x and x {ι} are extensionally equivalent. For any µ, µ, ν, ν, {µ ν ν } and {µ ν ν, µ µ ν} are extensionally equivalent. For any µ, ν, µ, ν,{µ ν, µ ν } and {µ ν, µ ν, µ µ ν µ } are extensionally equivalent. Extensionality is obtained by considering only a subset of T A. These subsets are maximal members of the equivalence classes generated by the extensional 9

11 equivalence relation and satisfy certain other conditions which we shall explain later. To obtain them we specify a natural deduction system where the set of formulas is T C. Natural deduction systems are described by Prawitz in [44]. Let T h be the smallest subset of T C such that: If ν T h then µ ν T h. Note that T h. Choose ω ι = {τ 1,..., τ n} (n > 0) such that ω ι T h is empty and ι is not in ω ι. The axioms and rules are: Axioms Rules For 1 i n, ι τ ι i τ ι 1... τ ι n ι µ (ν ν ) (µ µ ) ν µ ν, µ ν (µ µ ) (ν ν ) [µ 1]... [µ n] µ ν, τ 1 τ n, µ ν [ν 1 ] τ 1... [ν 1] τ n 10

12 where µ = µ i; ν = ν i ; µ = {τ 1,..., τ n }; ν = {τ 1,..., τ n }, for n 0, n 0; µ i is the entire set of assumptions for τ i (1 i n); and ν i is the entire set of assumptions for τ i (1 i n ) see the Notes. Rules 1 and 2 are sometimes displayed as ι ω ι sometimes displayed as: [µ ] [ν] µ ν, µ, ν µ ν and ωι ι respectively. Rule 5 is Notes 1. In natural deduction systems, derivations are trees whose top formulas are the assumptions. Other formulas result from the ones above them by means of the rules of inference. The assumptions are either open or closed. The rules show how, as a derivation is built up, other assumptions are closed. This is indicated by the square brackets; it is intended that the formulas in the brackets include all the open assumptions of the corresponding branch. Main branches are those depending from open assumptions. The formula at the root of the tree is the conclusion of the derivation and follows from the open assumptions. Axioms yield trees with the axiom as conclusion and with no assumptions. 2. The set of theorems of the system will prove to be T h. The restriction that ω ι T h = 0 allows a clearer development, eliminating some trivial cases and redundancies. 3. The members of our extensional domain will be those subsets of T C closed under deduction. The axiom and rules 3 and 4 are justified by our requirement that the subsets are maximal members of the extensional equivalence classes. (See examples 1, 3 and 4 above.) Rules 1 and 2 are intended to, as it were, make ι behave like a function. Since example 1 above is analogous to example 2, one might expect, instead, that ι would be an axiom. However it would then follow that there would be exactly one set closed under deduction, viz T C. (See also the discussion below of fixed points of K.) 11

13 Rule 5 can be split into two parts, which, under the same conventions as Rule 5, may be displayed as: 5a 5b [µ ] µ, µ ν µ ν [ν] µ ν, ν µ ν Rule 5b is intended to ensure that if x is closed under deduction, so is x[y], for any y. If we did not have Rule 5a, extensionality would fail: suppose µ, µ, ν are as in Rule 5a and (µ ν) x but (µ ν) / x. Then x and x {µ ν} are extensionally equal (in the proposed domain). One would certainly like to have a less ad hoc explanation of the rules. 4. It is extremely useful to obtain a simple normal form theorem (see [45]). Evidently if one has a derivation tree with a sub-derivation of either of the forms, ι ω ι ι or ω ι ι τi ι (where 1 i n) then there is one with the same conclusion and open assumptions, but no such sub-derivations. This is called a normal derivation. Notice that sub-derivations of normal derivations are normal and that ι can only occur on a main branch of a derivation if it is either an assumption or else is the conclusion. In fact stronger results are obtainable, although unnecessary. One can give what Prawitz calls a normalization theorem and show that the system is decidable. We write µ ν iff τɛν µ µ (τ follows from µ ). Since we are dealing with a natural deduction system, is a quasi-order. 12

14 Let Cl = {µ ν µ ν}. Then Cl[x] = {ν µ x (µ ν)}. Let T CE = {Cl[x] xɛt A} T A. As Cl[ ] is a closure operation, < T CE,,, > is a continuous lattice if we define and by: x y iff µ.x Cl[µ] y. X = Cl[ X]. Application is a well-defined operation on TCE. For let ν Cl[x][y]. There are µ i y (i = 1, n) and ν i (i = 1, n) such that µ i ν i Cl[x] and νi ν. Therefore, by Rule 4, µ i ν i is in Cl[x], and so µ i ν is in Cl[x] by Rule 3, This shows that: µ y (µ ν Cl[x]) (take µ = µ i ). Now, if ν ν and ν, let τ be in ν and choose ν ν such that there is a derivation of τ from ν. Then, taking µ as above we see that µ ν µ ν µ τ by Rules 3 and 5. Hence τ Cl[x][y] and so ν Cl[x][y]. Therefore Cl[x][y] is closed and so application is indeed well-defined. It further follows that:. Cl[Cl[x][y]] = Cl[x][y] Application is continuous in both arguments. For the first argument, let X be a directed subset of T CE and choose y T CE. Then: ( X)[y] = Cl[ X][y] = ( Cl[x])[y] (as X is directed) x X = ( x X = ( x X = ( x X x)(y) (as X T CE) x[y]) (additivity with respect to < T C, >) x[y]) (as {x[y] x X} is directed) 13

15 For the second argument, let Y be a directed subset of T CE and let x be in T CE. Then: x[ Y ] = x[ Y ] (as Y is directed) = x[y] (by continuity with respect to y Y < TC, > and directedness of X) = ( x[y]) (as {x[y] y Y } is directed) x X It will turn out later that application is actually completely additive in its first argument. First we need some proof theory, which we begin by describing the theorems. Lemma 1 τ iff τ T h Proof Suppose τ T h. We prove by induction on the structure of τ that τ. For some µ and ν, τ = µ ν and ν T h. By induction hypothesis, ν. Then, by Axiom 1 and Rule 5, ν; so, by Rule 3 we get that µ ν. Suppose τ. We proceed by induction on the size of the derivation of τ from. The proof divides into cases, according to the last axiom or rule applied. Axiom 1 Here τ = and so τ T h. Rule 1 Here τ is some τ ι i, and there is a smaller proof of ι from. But then, by induction, we get that ι is in T h, which is a contradiction. So this case cannot arise. Rule 2 Here we get a smaller proof of each τ ι i, contradicting the conditions on ω ι. Rule 3 Here µ (ν ν ) T h implies ν ν T h implies τ T h. Rule 4 Here µ ν, µ ν T h implies ν, ν T h implies τ T h. Rule 5 here µ ν T h implies ν T h implies (by transitivity of ) ν T h implies τ T h 14

16 Note that since ι / T h, T CE is non-trivial. Lemma 2 If ω µ ν and ι / ω then either µ ν T h or else there are µ j ν j (j = 1, m) (m 0) in ω such that: µ µ j and ν j ν. Proof By induction on the size of normal derivations of µ ν from ω, supposing that µ ν / T h. Different cases correspond to the different axioms or rules last used. Axiom 1 Inapplicable. Rule 1 Here the derivation has the form ω ι τ ι i where ω ω. As the derivation is normal, it then follows that ω = ι. But by assumption ι / ω, and so this case cannot arise. Rule 2 Inapplicable. Rule 3 Here the derivation has the form ω µ (ν ν ) (µ µ ) ν where µ = µ µ and ω ω. As µ ν T h, µ ν ν T h. So we find, by induction, µ j ν j (j = 1, m) in ω such that µ = (µ µ ) µ µ j and ν j ν ν ν. Rule 4 Here the derivation has the form ω µ 1 ν 1 ω µ 1 ν 1 µ ν where ω ω ω and µ = µ 1 µ 1 and ν = ν 1 ν 1. Both µ 1 ν 1 and µ 1 ν 1 cannot be in T h, for then µ ν would be. There 15

17 Rule 5 are three cases of which we consider only one: µ 1 ν 1 not in T h and µ 1 ν 1 in T h. The others are similar. Then we find µ 1j ν 1j in ω ω such that µ = µ 1 µ 1 µ 1 µ 1j and ν1j ν 1 ν 1 ν 2 = ν (since ν 2 T h). ω [µ] [ν ] (µ ν ) µ ν µ ν where ω ω. If µ ν T h, ν T h contradicting the fact that µ ν T h. So, by induction, we find µ j ν j ω so that µ µ µ j and ν j ν ν. Suppose x is in T C. We say that x types ι iff ι x implies there is an ω x such that ω ι and ι / ω. Lemma 3 If x types ι and y is in TCE then Cl[x[y]] = Cl[x][y]. Proof Cl[x[y]] Cl[Cl[x][y]] = Cl[x][y], by a previous remark. Suppose ν Cl[x][y] Then, by a previous remark, for some µ y, µ ν Cl[x]. So for some ω x, ω µ ν. If µ ν T h, ν Cl[x[y]]. As x types ι, we may assume that ι / ω. So by Lemma 2, we find µ j ν j in ω such that µ µ j and ν j ν. As y is closed, µ j y, so ν j x[y] and hence ν Cl[x[y]]. It is now easy to verify the comprehension axiom. Suppose f :T CE T CE is continuous. Let x f = {µ ν ν f(cl[µ])} and let ˆf = Cl[x f ]. Evidently x f types ι. We calculate, given y in T CE: ˆf[y] = Cl[x f [y]] ( by Lemma 3) = Cl[ {ν µ y (µ ν x f }] = Cl[ {ν µ y (ν f(cl[µ]))}] = Cl[[ { {ν ν f(cl[µ])}}] µ y 16

18 = Cl[ f(cl[µ])] µ y = f(cl[µ]) µ y = f( Cl[µ]) (as {Cl[µ] µ y} is directed, and f is continuous) µ y = f(y) To see that the lattice ordering agrees with the induced pointwise function ordering suppose, given x, y in T CE that x[z] y[z] for all z in T CE. We wish to prove that x y. If µ ν is in x then ν x[cl[µ]] y[cl[µ]]. So there is a µ Cl[µ] such that µ ν is in y. Since µ µ, it follows by Rules 5 and 3 that µ ν is in y. Again, if ι x then ω ι x (by Rule 1), so ω ι y (by the above) and finally, ι y (by Rule 2). Some of the properties of the T CE s obtained by varying ω ι, can be established in a general axiomatic way that applies also to the domains constructed by Scott [48]. Suppose < D,,,, [ ] > satisfies these axioms: Axiom 1 < D,,, > is a continuous lattice. Axiom 2 Application, [ ], is continuous in its second argument. Axiom 3 Every continuous function is comprehended by [ ]. Axiom 4 The lattice ordering agrees with the induced pointwise function ordering. Axiom 5 D 2. These axioms are satisfied by < T CE,,,, [ ] > as shown above. Comparing these axioms to the last set of axioms given by Scott in [47], our axiom 1 strengthens his requirement that < D,, > is a complete lattice and axiom 5 is much weaker than his axiom of substance. The other axioms are also asserted by him. 17

19 It is a trivial consequence of axiom 4 that application is monotonic in its first argument and that extensionality holds. On occasion the brackets will be omitted when writing applications. For example, we may write xy for x[y]. From axioms 3 and 4 it follows that we can define :D D D by: (x y)[z] = (z x y, ) This is e(x, y) in the notation of [48]. We will always use the infix notation for. The function is completely additive in its second argument, and antimonotonic in its first argument. We define the combinators K and S to be the elements of D such that, respectively: Kxy = x Sxyz = xz[yz] where the missing brackets are associated to the left. By extensionality, these equations define K and S uniquely, if they exist. A set B D is dense iff when x y there is a b B such that x b y. As a consequence of this definition, if B is dense then for every x in D, {b B b x} is directed and x = {b B b x}. The usefulness of these axioms is demonstrated by: Theorem 1 1. Application is completely additive in its first argument. (This does not depend on the fact that D is actually a continuous lattice only that it is complete.) 2. The combinator K exists, and if B is dense in D,. K = {b ( b)} b B 3. The combinator S exists, and if B is dense in D,. S = d,e,e,f B {(d (e f)) ((d e ) (d f)) e e } 18

20 4. If, in addition, D is algebraic then,. 5. D 2 ℵ 0. S = d,e,f B {(d (e f)) ((d e) (d f))} 6. Suppose T is a suitable second-order theory whose axioms are the formal counterparts of 1-5. Let T be the extension of T by the equational definitions of the combinators S and K. Then the ordering is definable in the theory T by means of a first-order formula involving only application (and the equality predicate). 7. Let CL + Ext be the standard first-order theory of combinatory logic with the principle of extensionality. Then T is not a conservative extension of CL + Ext. In particular, xy z(x[z] = x y[z] = y x y) is provable in the one, but not the other. The proof is delayed until the Appendix. Note that it follows from part 6 that if D 1 and D 2 satisfy axioms 1-5 then they have an isomorphism of their structures iff they have isomorphisms of the functional part of their structures alone. Corollary 1 1. T CE = 2 ℵ 0 2. In T CE, and K = {Cl[{µ { µ}}]} S = {Cl[{µ {ν ω}} {{µ ν} {µ ω}}]}. 19

21 Proof 1. 2 ℵ 0 T CE (by Theorem 1.5) T C = 2 ℵ 0 2. Evidently B = {Cl[µ]} is dense in T CE and T CE is algebraic. Further Cl[µ] Cl[ν] = Cl[{µ ν}]. So, K = µ {Cl[µ] (T h Cl[µ])} (by Theorem 1.2). = {Cl[µ] Cl[{ µ}]}. µ = µ Cl[{µ { µ}}] The formula for S follows in a similar way from Theorem 1.4. The reader will notice the similarity between the formulas for S and K and the corresponding formulas occurring in the well-known Curry-Feys connection between combinatory logic and minimal implicational logic, which arose through their theory of functionality. It was, in fact, an attempt to make type symbols (in the usual sense) form a model that led to the present work. Next we would like to compare our models with those obtained by Scott by trying to see which of ours are isomorphic to which of his. Notice that, because of Theorem 1.7, it makes no difference whether we consider just functional isomorphisms or isomorphisms of the entire structures. First, however, it is necessary to find the fixed points of K in T CE and in some of Scott s models. Suppose x T CE is a fixed point of K. Now K[x] = ( {Cl[{µ { µ}}])[x] (by Corollary 1.2) µ 20

22 = (Cl[{µ { µ}}][x]) (by Theorem 1.1) µ = µ Cl[{µ { µ}}[x]] (by Lemma 3) = µ {Cl[ µ] µ x} Therefore if τ x, {τ} K[x] = x. Conversely suppose µ ν is in x. Now x = K[x] = µ{cl( µ) µ x}, which is the closure of a directed set. So for some ν i x (i = 1, n), { ν i i = 1, n} µ ν. So, if µ ν / T h, ν i ν by Lemma 2, and then ν x. Suppose now that x T h (= ). Then some τ is in x\t h. Choose such a τ of lowest complexity (say complexity = number of arrows). If τ = µ ν then ν x, by the above, and ν\t h as τ / T h. This contradicts the minimal complexity of τ. So τ = ι. We now show that x = T C. Certainly ι x. Suppose ν x. Then, by the above, ν is in x and so µ ν x. So by induction x = T C. We have therefore shown that if x is a fixed-point of K, then it is either (= T h), or (= T C ). Conversely [x] = = K[ ][x] and so K[ ] = by extensionality. Further if x =, then [x] = K[ ][x] and so K[ ] =. Therefore K has exactly two fixed points, and, in T CE. Scott describes a general class of models of the λ-calculus with extensionality in [48], to which we refer the reader for definitions and notation. These models are obtained as inverse limits of systems < D n, ψ n > n=0 of complete lattices D n and projections ψ n : D n+1 D n where D n+1 = D n D n (the complete lattices of continuous functions from D n to D n ) and ψ n+1 is determined by ψ n. More specifically, the ψ n have partial inverses ϕ n :D n D n+1 and the following formulas hold for n > 0: and ψ n+1 (g) = ϕ n g ψ n. ϕ n+1 (f) = ψ n f ϕ n So his models are determined by the choice of ψ 0 and D 0. If we want the limit to be a continuous lattice, then D 0 must be one. However we need 21

23 not assume this for the moment. (Neither is it assumed by Scott in [47], but there ψ 0 is restricted but, as remarked by David Park, this is also unnecessary.) We will restrict ourselves to finding the fixed points of K when ψ 0 = λx : D 1.x(t), where t is an isolated member of D 1. This ψ 0 has partial inverse ϕ 0 :D 0 D 1, where ϕ 0 = λx:d 0.λy :D 0.(y t x, ). For each d 0 D 0 we define a vector d =< d n > n=0 by d n+1 = λx:d n.d n. Now ψ 0 (d 1 ) = d 1 (t) = d 0 and, proceeding inductively, if x n D n, ψ n+1 (d n+2 )(x n ) = ψ n d n+2 ϕ n (x n ) = ψ n (λx:d n.d n+1 (ϕ n (x n ))) = ψ n (d n+1 ) Therefore ψ n+1 (d n+2 ) = λx:d n.d n = d n+1. So d is in D. Now if e D, = d n (by induction hypothesis) d(e) = d n+1 (e n ) = d n = d n=0 n=0 showing that d is a fixed point of K (for then Kde = d = de). Conversely, if d is a fixed point of K, in [47] Scott proves d n+1 = λx:d n.d n by an argument which covers this case just as well as the one considered there. So in D, the combinator K has exactly D 0 fixed points. As, in T CE, the combinator K has two fixed points it could only be isomorphic to a D obtained from a ψ 0 and D 0 as described above if D 0 = 2, when D 0 = {, }. In this case there are two possible D s, obtained by taking t =, respectively and in fact this gives all the projections from D 0 D 0 to D 0. These models are discussed in [48, p.33]. Surprisingly, if we take ω ι = { ι}, T CE is isomorphic to the first and if ω ι is {ι ι}, it is isomorphic to the second. We delay the proof to a later memorandum. However, any T CE can certainly be obtained from some D 0 and ψ 0, even if not in the way considered above. For one can always take T CE = D 0 and let ψ 0 : (D 0 D 0 ) D 0 be the appropriate isomorphism. However this is not a very interesting characterisation! 22

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