A static cost analysis for a higher-order language
Matthew Might, David Van Horn
Journal or Book Title
Proceedings of the 7th workshop on Programming languages meets program verification
We develop a static complexity analysis for a higher-order functional language with structural list recursion. The complexity of an expression is a pair consisting of a cost and a potential. The former is defined to be the size of the expression's evaluation derivation in a standard big-step operational semantics. The latter is a measure of the "future" cost of using the value of that expression. A translation function ||.|| maps target expressions to complexities. Our main result is the following Soundness Theorem: If t is a term in the target language, then the cost component of ||t|| is an upper bound on the cost of evaluating t. The proof of the Soundness Theorem is formalized in Coq, providing certified upper bounds on the cost of any expression in the target language.
Norman Danner, Jennifer Paykin, and James S. Royer. A static cost analysis for a higher-order language. In Matthew Might and David Van Horn, editors, Proceedings of the 7th workshop on Programming languages meets program verification, pages 25–34. ACM Press, 2013. doi: 10.1145/2428116.2428123.