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Giry and the Machine

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We present a general method – the Machine – to analyse and characterise in finitary terms natural transformations between (iterates of) Giry-like functors in the category Pol of Polish spaces. The method relies on a detailed analysis of the structure of Pol and a small set of composable categorical conditions on the domain and codomain functors. We apply the Machine to transformations from the Giry and positive measures functors to combinations of the Vietoris, multiset, Giry and positive measures functors. We also show that for some combinations of these functors, there cannot exist more than one natural transformation between the functors, in particular the Giry monad has no natural transformations to itself apart from the identity. Finally we show how the Dirichlet and Poisson processes can be constructed with the Machine.

This talk is part of the Logic and Semantics Seminar (Computer Laboratory) series.

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