Algebraic models of dependent type theory

10 Mar 2021  ·  Clive Newstead ·

The rules governing the essentially algebraic notion of a category with families have been observed (independently) by Steve Awodey and Marcelo Fiore to precisely match those of a representable natural transformation between presheaves. This provides us with a natural, functorial description of essentially algebraic objects which are used to model dependent type theory; following Steve Awodey, we call them 'natural models'... We can view natural models from several different viewpoints, of which we focus on three in this thesis. First, natural models are essentially algebraic, meaning that they can be described by specifying operations between sorts, subject to equational axioms; this allows us to assemble natural models into a category with certain beneficial properties. Second, since natural models are natural transformations between presheaves, they are morphisms in a locally cartesian closed category, meaning that they can be regarded as polynomials. Third, since natural models admit interpretations of dependent type theory, we can use them to provide a functorial semantics. read more

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Category Theory 18C50 F.4.1