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*From*: Andrew Helwer <andrew.helwer@xxxxxxxxx>*Date*: Sun, 30 May 2021 07:17:29 -0700 (PDT)*References*: <d7826de2-40f7-4224-9c84-2dd3c38bec70n@googlegroups.com>

You can pass operators as parameters to operators:

apply(op(_,_)) == op(1,2)

f(a, b) == a + b

doApply == apply(f)

f(a, b) == a + b

doApply == apply(f)

doApplyLambda == apply(LAMBDA a,b : a + b)

You can also pass functions as parameters to other functions, assuming you can define their domain & range as a set:

apply[f \in [Nat \X Nat -> Nat]] == f[1, 2]

doApply == apply[[x, y \in Nat |-> (x + y) % 100]]

doApply == apply[[x, y \in Nat |-> (x + y) % 100]]

And of course you can pass functions as parameters to operators:

apply(f) == f[1, 2]

doApply == apply([x, y \in Nat |-> (x + y) % 100])

doApply == apply([x, y \in Nat |-> (x + y) % 100])

Andrew

On Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 9:46:13 AM UTC-4 Alex wrote:

As part of learning TLA+ I'm trying to write a spec to verify definition of some functions on Church numerals. I'm trying to start with a simple spec that verifies a definition of a successor function on Church numerals [1].Specification-wise my approach to this is as follows:* I define a zero numeral and successor function* I define an upper bound integer limit up to which successor function will be verified* Verification function would try to convert current Church numeral to an integer using "plus one" function and zero as arguments. [1]I ended up with the following (incorrect) specification:```EXTENDS IntegersCONSTANT Limit \* Upper bound limit, that model will be testingASSUME Limit \in Nat \union {0}FPlusOne(n) == n + 1 \* Helper function to convert Church numerals to integersLZero(L) == [s \in L |-> [z \in L |-> z]] \* Zero numeralLSucc(L) == [s \in L |-> [z \in L |-> s[z]]] \* Successor function for generating next Church numeralVARIABLEstep, \* Execution step, ranging from 0 to Limitnumeral \* Church numeral, produced on each stepTypeOK == \* At every step we'll verify that current Church numeral could be correctly converted to an integer/\ step = numeral[FPlusOne][0]Init == \* Start with zero numeral/\ step = 0/\ numeral = LZeroSetNext == \* Try up to a "Limit" numbers/\ step < Limit/\ numeral' = LSucc[numeral]/\ step' = step + 1ComputationComplete == \* Stop, when we tried "Limit" worth of numerals/\ step = Limit/\ UNCHANGED<<step, numeral>>Next ==\/ SetNext\/ ComputationComplete-------------------------------------------------------------------------------Spec == Init /\ [][Next]_<<step, numeral>>```this is predictably not working. At least one missing piece, as far as I can tell, is defining a proper domain for numeral functions - this apparently should be a union of "plus one" function, integer range from zero to "Limit" and all relevant Church numerals definitions. It seems it requires a some sort of recursive definition for set "L" in the spec above.Another part that I don't entirely understand is how to make passing a function to a function work.Is it even practical to do it in a way that requires a recursive definition of a domain that some functions will be defined on?Is there a simple enough way of defining common domain for functions that may take other functions which also happen to be elements of that domain?P.S.: The above is a toy example, but it could be extended to something much less obvious - let's say verifying that subtraction or exponent functions on Church numerals are working properly. Unlike example above, both of these may require a definition of a number of helper functions on Church numerals, so ideally I'd like to have separate definition in a spec for each function that operates on Church numerals.

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