RAIRO-Theor. Inf. Appl.
Volume 41, Number 2, April-June 2007
|Page(s)||191 - 214|
|Published online||18 July 2007|
Object oriented institutions to specify symbolic computation systems
Departamento de Matemáticas y Computación,
Universidad de La Rioja, Edificio Vives, Luis de Ulloa s/n,
E-26004 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 11 September 2006
The specification of the data structures used in EAT, a software system for symbolic computation in algebraic topology, is based on an operation that defines a link among different specification frameworks like hidden algebras and coalgebras. In this paper, this operation is extended using the notion of institution, giving rise to three institution encodings. These morphisms define a commutative diagram which shows three possible views of the same construction, placing it in an equational algebraic institution, in a hidden institution or in a coalgebraic institution. Moreover, these morphisms can be used to obtain a new description of the final objects of the categories of algebras in these frameworks, which are suitable abstract models for the EAT data structures. Thus, our main contribution is a formalization allowing us to encode a family of data structures by means of a single algebra (which can be described as a coproduct on the image of the institution morphisms). With this aim, new particular definitions of hidden and coalgebraic institutions are presented.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 68Q65 / 68Q60
Key words: Institution / symbolic computation / specification / object orientation
© EDP Sciences, 2007
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