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Refinement Types for Incremental Computational Complexity


With recent advances, programs can be compiled to efficiently respond to incremental input changes. However, there is no language level support for reasoning about the time complexity of incremental updates. Motivated by this gap, we present CostIt, a higher-order functional language with a lightweight refinement type system for proving asymptotic bounds on incremental computation time. Type refinements specify which parts of inputs and outputs may change, as well as dynamic stability, a measure of time required to propagate changes to a program's execution trace, given modified inputs. We prove our type system sound using a new step-indexed cost semantics for change propagation and demonstrate the precision and generality of our technique through examples.

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hal-01245888 , version 1 (17-12-2015)



Ezgi Çiçek, Deepak Garg, Umut Acar. Refinement Types for Incremental Computational Complexity. 24th European Symposium on Programming (ESOP), Apr 2015, London, United Kingdom. pp.406-431, ⟨10.1007/978-3-662-46669-8_17⟩. ⟨hal-01245888⟩


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