Completeness for categories of generalized automata

7 Mar 2023  ·  Guido Boccali, Andrea Laretto, Fosco Loregian, Stefano Luneia ·

We present a slick proof of completeness and cocompleteness for categories of $F$-automata, where the span of maps $E\leftarrow E\otimes I \to O$ that usually defines a deterministic automaton of input $I$ and output $O$ in a monoidal category $(\mathcal K,\otimes)$ is replaced by a span $E\leftarrow F E \to O$ for a generic endofunctor $F : \mathcal K\to \mathcal K$ of a generic category $\mathcal K$: these automata exist in their `Mealy' and `Moore' version and form categories $F\text{-}\mathsf{Mly}$ and $F\text{-}\mathsf{Mre}$; such categories can be presented as strict 2-pullbacks in $\mathsf{Cat}$ and whenever $F$ is a left adjoint, both $F\text{-}\mathsf{Mly}$ and $F\text{-}\mathsf{Mre}$ admit all limits and colimits that $\mathcal K$ admits. We mechanize some of of our main results using the proof assistant Agda and the library `agda-categories`.

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Category Theory Formal Languages and Automata Theory