The sequentially realizable functionals

John Longley


We consider a notion of sequential functional of finite type, more generous than the familiar notion embodied in Plotkin's language PCF. We study both the ``full'' and ``effective'' partial type structures arising from this notion of sequentiality. The full type structure coincides with that given by the strongly stable model of Bucciarelli and Ehrhard; it has also been characterized by van Oosten in terms of realizability over a certain combinatory algebra.

We survey and relate several known characterizations of these type structures, and obtain some new ones. We show that (in both the full and effective scenarios) every finite type can be obtained as a retract of the pure type 2, and hence that all elements of the effective type structure are definable in PCF extended by a certain universal functional H. We also consider the relationship between our notion of sequentially computable functional and other known notions of higher-type computability.


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