A Type System for the Vectorial Aspect of the Linear-Algebraic Lambda-Calculus

Research paper by Pablo Arrighi, Alejandro Díaz-Caro, Benoît Valiron

Indexed on: 30 Jul '12Published on: 30 Jul '12Published in: Computer Science - Logic in Computer Science


We describe a type system for the linear-algebraic lambda-calculus. The type system accounts for the part of the language emulating linear operators and vectors, i.e. it is able to statically describe the linear combinations of terms resulting from the reduction of programs. This gives rise to an original type theory where types, in the same way as terms, can be superposed into linear combinations. We show that the resulting typed lambda-calculus is strongly normalizing and features a weak subject-reduction.