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Continuity in Semantic Theories of Programming

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Continuity is perhaps the most familiar characterization of the finitary character of the operations performed in computation. We sketch the historical and conceptual development of this notion by interpreting it as a unifying theme across three main varieties of semantical theories of programming: denotational, axiomatic and event-based. Our exploration spans the development of this notion from its origins in recursion theory to the forms it takes in the context of the more recent event-based analyses of sequential and concurrent computations, touching upon the relations of continuity with non-determinism.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Università di Torino, Italy

Publication date: July 3, 2015

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