miniKanren and its formal semantics

Dmitry Rozplokhas
JetBrains, St Petersburg

Wednesday 22 May 2019
13:00 - 14:00
1.82 Earl Mountbatten Building


miniKanren is a small logic programming language which aims to be a light-weight and purely declarative alternative to Prolog. The main field of application for miniKanren is “relational programming” — the technique of writing programs as mathematical relations rather than mathematical functions. Programs written in this way have a few interesting features, such as an ability to be “run backwards” (synthesize arguments from the result).

In the first part of the talk, I am going to give a short overview of the language. We will discuss its advantages and disadvantages, look at some simple examples of programs in miniKanren as well as state-of-the-art applications of relational programming. In the second part of the talk, I will describe the project I am currently involved in: providing formal semantics — rigorous mathematical description — to miniKanren programs and using it to prove some properties of program execution in the language.

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