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An Algebraic Combinatorial Approach to the Abstract Syntax of Opetopic Structures

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The starting point of the talk will be the identification of structure common to tree-like combinatorial objects, exemplifying the situation with abstract syntax trees (as used in formal languages) and with opetopes (as used in higher-dimensional algebra). The emerging mathematical structure will be then formalized in a categorical setting, unifying the algebraic aspects of the theory of abstract syntax of [2, 3] and the theory of opetopes of [5]. This realization conceptually allows one to transport viewpoints between these, now bridged, mathematical theories and I will explore it here in the direction of higher-dimensional algebra, giving an algebraic combinatorial framework for a generalisation of the slice construction of [1] for generating opetopes. The technical work will involve setting up a microcosm principle for near-semirings and subsequently exploiting it in the cartesian closed bicategory of generalised species of structures [4]. Connections to (cartesian and symmetric monoidal) equational theories, lambda calculus, and algebraic combinatorics will be mentioned in passing.

References

  1. J.Baez and J.Dolan. Higher-Dimensional Algebra III . n-Categories and the Algebra of Opetopes. Advances in Mathematics 135, pages 145–206, 1998.
  2. M.Fiore, G.Plotkin and D.Turi. Abstract syntax and variable binding. In 14th Logic in Computer Science Conf. (LICS’99), pages 193–202. IEEE , Computer Society Press, 1999.
  3. M.Fiore. Second-order and dependently-sorted abstract syntax. In Logic in Computer Science Conf. (LICS’08), pages 57–68. IEEE , Computer Society Press, 2008.
  4. M.Fiore, N.Gambino, M.Hyland, and G.Winskel. The cartesian closed bicategory of generalised species of structures. In J. London Math. Soc., 77:203-220, 2008.
  5. S.Szawiel and M.Zawadowski. The web monoid and opetopic sets. In arXiv:1011.2374 [math.CT], 2010.

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