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DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2022.26
URN: urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-170890
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Pous, Damien ; Wagemaker, Jana

Completeness Theorems for Kleene Algebra with Top

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We prove two completeness results for Kleene algebra with a top element, with respect to languages and binary relations. While the equational theories of those two classes of models coincide over the signature of Kleene algebra, this is no longer the case when we consider an additional constant "top" for the full element. Indeed, the full relation satisfies more laws than the full language, and we show that those additional laws can all be derived from a single additional axiom. We recover that the two equational theories coincide if we slightly generalise the notion of relational model, allowing sub-algebras of relations where top is a greatest element but not necessarily the full relation.
We use models of closed languages and reductions in order to prove our completeness results, which are relative to any axiomatisation of the algebra of regular events.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Pous, Damien and Wagemaker, Jana},
  title =	{{Completeness Theorems for Kleene Algebra with Top}},
  booktitle =	{33rd International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2022)},
  pages =	{26:1--26:18},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-246-4},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2022},
  volume =	{243},
  editor =	{Klin, Bartek and Lasota, S{\l}awomir and Muscholl, Anca},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-170890},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.CONCUR.2022.26},
  annote =	{Keywords: Kleene algebra, Hypotheses, Completeness, Closed languages}

Keywords: Kleene algebra, Hypotheses, Completeness, Closed languages
Collection: 33rd International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR 2022)
Issue Date: 2022
Date of publication: 06.09.2022

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