Modelling permutations in Coq for Coccinelle
Abstract: In this paper we present the part of the Coccinelle library which deals with list permutations. Indeed permutations naturally arise when formally modeling rewriting in Coq, for instance RPO with multiset status and equality modulo AC. Moreover the needed permutations are up to an equivalence relation, and may be used to inductively define the same relation (equivalence modulo RPO). This is why we introduce the notion of permutation w. r. t. an arbitrary relation. The advantages of our approach are a very simple inductive definition (with only 2 constructors), the adequacy with the mathematical definition, the ability to define a relation using recursively permutations up to this very relation, and a fine grained modularity (if R enjoys a property, so does permut R).
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