Chapter 8 Total and Partial Maps

The sumbool Type

Objects of the type sumbool written like {A} + {B}, is either a proof of A or a proof of B. They can be thought of “evidence-carrying booleans.”

If we are able prove (a b : T), {a = b} + {a b}, we say that equality is decidable between objects of type T.

Notations in Coq

In Coq, we can use Notation to modify the behavior of the parser, to provide abbreviations of terms. The notation (the string after Notation) consists of tokens separated by spaces. Tokens which are identifiers (such as “A”, “x0”) are the parameters of the notation. Each of them must occur at least once in the abbreviated term. The other elements of the string (such as “/”) are the symbols. In some cases, for example in "'IF' c1 'then' c2 'else' c3", groups of characters must be quoted to be treated as symbols.

To avoid ambiguities in expressions like A B A C, we use syntax modifiers. We can fix this example by specifying precedence and associativity like (at level .., right associativity).

Sometimes we need to parse expressions like x !-> v ; m and to parse subexpressions (x !-> v and v ; m) differently from when they are used separately. In this case, we must sometimes specify at next level like in…

Notation "x !-> v ; m" := (t_update m x v)
                          (at level 100, v at next level, right associativity).

…but currently I have no idea of what’s happening. Coq uses Camlp5 as its parser, which is an LL(1) parser. I’ll try to explain this after figuring out how LL(1) parsers work.

Total Maps and Partial Maps

We can use functions rather than lists of key-value pairs to build maps. This will give us a more extensional view of maps.

Since partial maps are just total maps (with None as the default value), basic lemmas about total maps can easily be lift to fit partial maps.