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Logical Reasoning for Higher-Order Functions with Local State
Nobuko YOSHIDA , Kohei HONDA , Martin BERGER
CoRR p. 68 - 1

We introduce an extension of Hoare logic for call-by-value higher-order functions with ML-like local reference generation. Local references may be generated dynamically and exported outside their scope, may store higher-order functions and may be used to construct complex mutable data structures. This primitive is captured logically using a predicate asserting reachability of a reference name from a possibly higher-order datum and quantifiers over hidden references. We explore the logic’s descriptive and reasoning power with non-trivial programming examples combining higher-order procedures and dynamically generated local state. Axioms for reachability and local invariant play a central role for reasoning about the examples.

@article{YHB2008,
  author = {Nobuko Yoshida and Kohei Honda and Martin Berger},
  title = {{Logical Reasoning for Higher-Order Functions with Local State}},
  journal = {CoRR},
  volume = {4},
  issue = {4},
  pages = {68--1},
  year = 2008
}
@article{YHB2008,
  author = {Nobuko Yoshida and Kohei Honda and Martin Berger},
  title = {{Logical Reasoning for Higher-Order Functions with Local State}},
  journal = {CoRR},
  volume = {4},
  issue = {4},
  pages = {68--1},
  doi = "10.2168/LMCS-4(4:2)2008",
  year = 2008
}