a1 Universitàdi Bologna & EPI FOCUS, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Informazione Mura Anteo Zamboni, 7, 40127 Bologna, Italy. email@example.com
a2 Laboratoire d’Informatique L.I.P.N., Université Paris-Nord, supported by ANR Complice Project, France; firstname.lastname@example.org
Probabilistic operational semantics for a nondeterministic extension of pure λ-calculus is studied. In this semantics, a term evaluates to a (finite or infinite) distribution of values. Small-step and big-step semantics, inductively and coinductively defined, are given. Moreover, small-step and big-step semantics are shown to produce identical outcomes, both in call-by-value and in call-by-name. Plotkin’s CPS translation is extended to accommodate the choice operator and shown correct with respect to the operational semantics. Finally, the expressive power of the obtained system is studied: the calculus is shown to be sound and complete with respect to computable probability distributions.
(Received August 23 2011)
(Accepted April 18 2012)
(Online publication June 22 2012)
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