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### How true are theorems proved by Coq?

Less tongue in cheek, is it known what the relative consistency is for theorems proved with an automatic theorem prover? Of course this depends somewhat on what assumptions one makes with respect to ...

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### Homotopy Type Theory: What is it?

My question is, broadly, what is the main project of Homotopy Type Theory (HoTT). I asked a professor who is likely to be correct and he say the following:
There are three directions:
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### Surreal Numbers as Inductive Type?

Prompted by James Propp's recent question about surreal numbers, I was wondering whether anyone had investigated the idea of describing surreal numbers (as ordered class) in terms of a universal ...

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### Prospects for reverse mathematics in Homotopy Type Theory

Reverse mathematics, as I mean here, is the study of which theorems/axioms can be used to prove other theorems/axioms over a weak base theory. Examples include
Subsystems of Second Order Arithmetic ...

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### How do we express measurable spaces using type theory?

A measurable space $(X,\mathcal X)$ consists of a set $X$ equipped with a $\sigma$-algebra of subsets $\mathcal X$. I would like to write computer programs involving measurable spaces, but to the best ...

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### $\infty$-categorical interpretation of type theory

One can read at several places that Martin-löf type theory should be the internal language of a locally Cartesian closed infinity category, and that the univalence axiom should distinguished infinity ...

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### What is the theory of polynomials?

We all know what polynomials are, along with their elementary properties and many effective algorithms for different representations of polynomials.
The question here is more of a universal algebra ...

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### Why the reflection rule trivializes higher paths in Martin-Löf Extensional Type theory?

Martin-Löf Extensional Type theory differs from its intensional counterpart in that it contains the so-called reflection rule that says that if $p : x = y$, then actually $x \equiv y$ (i.e. $x$ and ...

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### What is lambda calculus related to?

So I'm not much of a math guy but I've really enjoyed programming in Lisp and have become interested in the ideas of lambda calculus which it is based.
I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion ...

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### Formal/rigorous treatment of (im)predicativity/predicativism

There are several places on the web where one may find quite intuitively understandable accounts of (im)predicativity; here on MO I found two questions with very good detailed answers (Predicative ...

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### What is the status of (universal) algebra in type theory?

With the recent interest in homotopy type theory as a foundation for mathematics, it seems natural to develop algebra within the framework of type theory. So far, I can't find much literature ...

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### What is the manner of inconsistency of Girard's paradox in Martin Lof type theory

I am aware that assigning the type of Type to be Type (rather than stratifying to a hierarchy of types) leads to an inconsistency. But does this inconsistency allow the construction of a well-typed ...

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### Forcing in Homotopy Type Theory

I apologize if this question doesn't make any sense. I'll just go ahead and delete it if that's the case. But the question is just the title. Is there a notion of forcing in homotopy type theory? ...

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### Reference request for type theory

I am interested in learning the theory of types, especially in how they can provide a foundation to mathematics different to sets and how they can avoid self-referential paradoxes by stipulating that ...

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### What does “simplification of proofs as evaluation of programs” mean?

I am currently going through Philip Walder's "Proposition as Types" and a passage of the introduction has struck me:
for each way to simplify a proof
there is a corresponding way to evaluate a ...

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### Equivalent form of the Univalence Axiom

I'm reading the new HoTT book and I'm wondering about a potential equivalent form of the Univalence Axiom: $(A \simeq B) \simeq (A = B)$.
For simplicity, I'm tacitly working in a fixed universe. It ...

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### A (very naive) question about Homotopy Type Theory

In homotopy type theory, homotopy types can be viewed as logical types and it is possible to prove some theorems about them without using any underlying space (no simplicial set, no topological ...

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### Categorical semantics of W-types

Jacob's book titled "Categorical Logic and Type Theory" gives a nice description of Π and Σ types as adjunctions to substitution functors induced by display maps. Is there a similar ...

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### Category of Judgements?

I have been able to find a lot of information on the category of contexts -- for example, the page on syntactic categories at the nLab is a good starting point. However, when I try to find similar ...

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### What is the most transparent, rigorous definition of the Univalence Axiom?

I've been studying homotopy type theory and trying to grasp the Univalence Axiom. I have yet to find a concise, accessible, rigorous definition of Univalence. I have several excellent survey papers ...

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### Reduction rules for inductive types

(I'm not sure if I should post this here rather than at Theoretical Computer Science, I've found a lot of type theory related questions on MathOverflow)
I'm working in Martin-Löf type theory with ...

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### How should I be thinking about object classifiers / universal fibrations / universes?

I have been learning about homotopy type theory this summer. I am not a homotopy theorist but I am more comfortable with homotopy theory than I am with type theory, so the way I rationalize many of ...

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### Connection between codata and greatest fixed points

This is, I'm afraid, another question that MSE couldn't answer.
It's easy to see how inductively-defined data types correspond to least fixed points. Let's take the natural numbers as an example, ...

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### Can dependent sums be encoded as dependent products?

Please forgive any unorthodox notation or obvious errors here... I'm trying to get an intuition for dependently typed languages, so I'm starting out by seeing which analogies I can take from the ...

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### Constructing unnatural transformations

In a nutshell, the question is: is it true that any explicit (not involving axiom of choice) pointwise transformation between sufficiently complicated functors is natural almost everywhere?
Let $C$ ...

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### The independence of path induction

In §1.12 of the Homotopy type theory book, it is mentioned that indiscernibility of identicals is a consequence of path induction. More precisely, for each type $C$ dependent over a type $A$, there is ...

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### Why is there no product type in simply typed lambda-calculus?

Consider simply typed $\lambda$-calculus that has only the unit type as primitive. We would like to encode the product and the sum types. An encoding of the product type in the untyped ...

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### Extensionality in HoTT versus extensionality in internal language of a category

What's the extension of judgmental identity in HoTT (homotopy type theory)?
The Martin-Löf intensional dependent type theory with identity types is called (definitionally) extensional if the ...

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### What is the intuitive meaning of star and box in a pure type system?

The systems of the λ-cube have the axiom $\star:\square$.
I've listed a few meanings that the Curry-Howard isomorphism gives to $t : T$ below. What are the intuitive meanings of $\star$ and ...

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### Why no morphisms from the contradictory proposition to the inconsistent context?

Consider Higher order predicate logic over dependent type theory (DPL) as defined in Chapter 11 of B. Jacobs's book "Categorical Logic and Type Theory" (though I think this question applies to ...

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### Recursively dependent types?

Is there such a thing as "recursively dependent types"? Specifically, I would like a dependent type theory containing a type $A(x)$ which depends on a variable $x: A(z)$, where $z$ is a particular ...

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### categorifying induction in homotopy type theory

In trying to understand homotopy type theory, I stumbled upon the following silly question, which is likely to be trivial for the experts.
Let $B=\sqcup_{n\in\Bbb N} BS_n$, which I'd like to think of ...

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### Preservation of universes in presheaves

In Lifting Grothendieck universes Hofmann and Streicher construct a universe in the category of presheaves over a small category given a Grothendieck universe in $\mathbf{Set}$.
Suppose now I have ...

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### What do I call type theory without Curry-Howard?

Is there a word I can say which will convey to type theorists that I am not thinking about types as propositions?
Background: as a category theorist, I am mostly interested in type theories as a ...

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### intensional equality in type theory

I want to know why we add an intensional equality in type theory to definitional equality ?
What is the aim with this intensional equality ?
thanks

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### On an automatic translation of typed lambda calculus in untyped lambda calculus

I have a question regarding the "compilation" of typed lambda calculus in untyped lambda calculus.
Take for example the inductive definition of lists, with introduction rules:
and:
We can ...

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### Easier Girard's paradox in a circular pure type system (PTS)

System U is an inconsistent PTS in that one has a term of type $\bot = \forall p\colon \ast \ldotp p$, and such a term is explicitly constructed in Hurkens' A Simplification of Girard's Paradox.
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### $\Pi$, $\Sigma$, and identity types without $\eta$ in comprehension categories

In comprehension categories, dependent sums are defined as a choice of left adjoints for all reindexing functors along display maps, satisfying a Beck-Chevalley condition. Dependent products are ...

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### Feasible Type Theories

I am looking for references about efficient type theories,
efficiency in the sense of computational complexity,
and type theory in the sense of Martin-Lof's type theories.
Has there been any studies ...

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### Can a typing judgment admit essentially different derivations?

In any sort of type theory, there are a bunch of rules for constructing derivations of typing judgments such as $x:A,\; y:B(x) \;\vdash\; z:C(x,y)$. (I intend to include also judgments of the form ...

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### Identity types: What makes Intuitionistic Type Theory *intuitionistic*?

In the opening passage of Martin-Löf's (1975) he famously says that
"the theory of types with which we shall be concerned is intended to be a full scale system for formalizing intuitionistic ...

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### What fails when using call/cc as realizer of the Peirce formula

Define the axiom constants $p_{A,B}^{((A\rightarrow B)\rightarrow A)\rightarrow A}$ as realizers of the Peirce formula, and $f_A^{\bot\rightarrow A}$ as realizers of the Ex Falso Quodlibet. Then ...

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### Question about higher inductive types and computational rules

I have been trying to make my way through the homotopy type theory book, slowly but surely, and I just finished reading this introductory series of 3 articles on hott on ScienceForAll.
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### Is there a name for relations with this property, and the category of them?

The following math.stackexchange question asked whether there is a name for a certain sort of relation. I have become interested in the question, and no one suggested a name there, so I am asking ...

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### What are categorical models of W-types in intensional type theory?

I'm familiar with container functors and older work by Dybjer on categorical models for W-types in the extensional theory, but I was looking for some similar semantics in the intensional case.

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### What notions of universe does predicative type theory admit?

Palmgren (1997), On universes in type theory, discusses work of several theorists that provide what we might call a family of Large Universe Axioms (LUAs) for predicative type theory, culminating in ...

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### Problem with a proof in Wellfounded trees in categories

I'm reading the paper Wellfounded trees in categories by Moerdijk and Palmgren. I'm having trouble understanding the proof of Theorem 7.2 (page 216), i.e. that in $\mathbf{ML}_{< \omega} ...

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### Type with $X\rightarrow X\cong X + 1$

In the article Voevodsky’s Univalence Axiom in Homotopy Type Theory, an example is given of how types are not like sets: the existence of a nontrivial (nonzero) type $X$ such that $X\rightarrow ...

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### Understanding Strong Normalization for Identity Types in Martin-Löf Intensional Type Theory [closed]

Roughly, the strong normalization property for Martin-Löf Intensional Type Theory (MITT) tells us that every closed term $t$ of type $M$ will eventually reach a canonical normal form $t’$ such that it ...

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### Logical framework for type theories like ML and CIC

I'm looking for a logical framework in which it is possible to easily present both intensional and extensional theories of dependent types with a partially ordered set of universes à la Russell ...