[Haskell-cafe] Slightly off-topic: Lambda calculus

Victor Nazarov asviraspossible at gmail.com
Sun Jun 21 13:05:53 EDT 2009

On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 8:53 PM, Andrew
Coppin<andrewcoppin at btinternet.com> wrote:
> OK, so I'm guessing there might be one or two (!) people around here who
> know something about the Lambda calculus.
> I've written a simple interpretter that takes any valid Lambda expression
> and performs as many beta reductions as possible. When the input is first
> received, all the variables are renamed to be unique.
> Question: Does this guarantee that the reduction sequence will never contain
> name collisions?
> I have a sinking feeling that it does not. However, I can find no
> counter-example as yet. If somebody here can provide either a proof or a
> counter-example, that would be helpful.

It seems obvious scince beta reduction never introduces new variales...

Victor Nazarov

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