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Many apparently divergent approaches to specifying formal semantics of programming languages are applications of initial algebra semantics. In this paper an overview of initial algebra semantics is provided. The major technical feature is an initial continuous algebra which permits unified algebraic treatment of iterative and recursive semantic features in… (More)

This paper extends our earlier work on abstract data types by providing an algebraic treatment of parametrized data types (e.g., sets-of-(), stacks-of-(), etc.), as well as answering a number of questions on the power and limitations of algebraic specification techniques. In brief: we investigate the “hidden function” problem (the need to… (More)