On abstract normalisation beyond neededness

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Theoretical Computer Science, ISSN: 0304-3975, Vol: 672, Page: 36-63

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Eduardo Bonelli; Delia Kesner; Carlos Lombardi; Alejandro Ríos
Elsevier BV
Mathematics; Computer Science
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We study normalisation of multistep strategies, strategies that reduce a set of redexes at a time, focusing on the notion of necessary sets, those which contain at least one redex that cannot be avoided in order to reach a normal form. This is particularly appealing in the setting of non-sequential rewrite systems, in which terms that are not in normal form may not have any needed redex. We first prove a normalisation theorem for abstract rewrite systems (ARS), a general rewriting framework encompassing many rewriting systems developed by P-A. Melliès [20]. The theorem states that multistep strategies reducing so called necessary and never-gripping sets of redexes at a time are normalising in any ARS. Gripping refers to an abstract property reflecting the behaviour of higher-order substitution. We then apply this result to the particular case of PPC, a calculus of patterns and to the lambda-calculus with parallel-or.