nLab type theory with shapes



Type theory

natural deduction metalanguage, practical foundations

  1. type formation rule
  2. term introduction rule
  3. term elimination rule
  4. computation rule

type theory (dependent, intensional, observational type theory, homotopy type theory)

syntax object language

computational trinitarianism =
propositions as types +programs as proofs +relation type theory/category theory

logicset theory (internal logic of)category theorytype theory
predicatefamily of setsdisplay morphismdependent type
proofelementgeneralized elementterm/program
cut rulecomposition of classifying morphisms / pullback of display mapssubstitution
introduction rule for implicationcounit for hom-tensor adjunctionlambda
elimination rule for implicationunit for hom-tensor adjunctionapplication
cut elimination for implicationone of the zigzag identities for hom-tensor adjunctionbeta reduction
identity elimination for implicationthe other zigzag identity for hom-tensor adjunctioneta conversion
truesingletonterminal object/(-2)-truncated objecth-level 0-type/unit type
falseempty setinitial objectempty type
proposition, truth valuesubsingletonsubterminal object/(-1)-truncated objecth-proposition, mere proposition
logical conjunctioncartesian productproductproduct type
disjunctiondisjoint union (support of)coproduct ((-1)-truncation of)sum type (bracket type of)
implicationfunction set (into subsingleton)internal hom (into subterminal object)function type (into h-proposition)
negationfunction set into empty setinternal hom into initial objectfunction type into empty type
universal quantificationindexed cartesian product (of family of subsingletons)dependent product (of family of subterminal objects)dependent product type (of family of h-propositions)
existential quantificationindexed disjoint union (support of)dependent sum ((-1)-truncation of)dependent sum type (bracket type of)
logical equivalencebijection setobject of isomorphismsequivalence type
support setsupport object/(-1)-truncationpropositional truncation/bracket type
n-image of morphism into terminal object/n-truncationn-truncation modality
equalitydiagonal function/diagonal subset/diagonal relationpath space objectidentity type/path type
completely presented setsetdiscrete object/0-truncated objecth-level 2-type/set/h-set
setset with equivalence relationinternal 0-groupoidBishop set/setoid with its pseudo-equivalence relation an actual equivalence relation
equivalence class/quotient setquotientquotient type
inductioncolimitinductive type, W-type, M-type
higher inductionhigher colimithigher inductive type
-0-truncated higher colimitquotient inductive type
coinductionlimitcoinductive type
presettype without identity types
set of truth valuessubobject classifiertype of propositions
domain of discourseuniverseobject classifiertype universe
modalityclosure operator, (idempotent) monadmodal type theory, monad (in computer science)
linear logic(symmetric, closed) monoidal categorylinear type theory/quantum computation
proof netstring diagramquantum circuit
(absence of) contraction rule(absence of) diagonalno-cloning theorem
synthetic mathematicsdomain specific embedded programming language

homotopy levels




Type theory with shapes is a layered type theory consisting of a dependent type theory over a typed predicate logic with finite product types. The type layer of the typed predicate logic is called the cube layer, whose types are called cubes, the propositional logic layer of the typed predicate logic is called the tope layer, whose types are called topes, and the type layer of the dependent type theory is called the type layer, whose types are called types. Shapes are then built out of cubes and topes.

Type theory with shapes is used in some formalizations of simplicial type theory and cubical type theory as an alternative to two-level type theory.


Cube layer

The cube layer is a type theory which consists of finite product types.

()cubectxΞcubectxΞIcubeΞ,t:IcubectxΞ,t:I,ΞcubectxΞ,t:I,Ξt:I\frac{}{() \; \mathrm{cubectx}} \qquad \frac{\Xi \; \mathrm{cubectx} \quad \Xi \vdash I \; \mathrm{cube}}{\Xi, t:I \; \mathrm{cubectx}} \quad \frac{\Xi, t:I, \Xi' \; \mathrm{cubectx}}{\Xi, t:I, \Xi' \vdash t:I}
ΞcubectxΞ𝟙cubeΞIcubeΞJcubeΞI×Jcube\frac{\Xi \; \mathrm{cubectx}}{\Xi \vdash \mathbb{1} \; \mathrm{cube}} \qquad \frac{\Xi \vdash I \; \mathrm{cube} \quad \Xi \vdash J \; \mathrm{cube}}{\Xi \vdash I \times J \; \mathrm{cube}}

Tope layer

The tope layer is an intuitionistic logic over the cube layer, and the types in the tope layer are called topes because they can be interpreted as polytopes embedded in a cube. There is a tope representing equality of terms of cubes, called the equality tope and given the symbol I\equiv_I for cube II. The equality tope is used to define the eta and beta conversion rules for finite product cubes.

ΞcubectxΞ|()topectxΞ|ΦtopectxΞ|ΦϕtopeΞ|Φ,ϕtopectxΞ|Φ,ϕ,ΦtopectxΞ|Φ,ϕ,Φϕ\frac{\Xi \; \mathrm{cubectx}}{\Xi \vert () \; \mathrm{topectx}} \qquad \frac{\Xi \vert \Phi \; \mathrm{topectx} \quad \Xi \vert \Phi \vdash \phi \; \mathrm{tope}}{\Xi \vert \Phi, \phi \; \mathrm{topectx}} \quad \frac{\Xi \vert \Phi, \phi, \Phi' \; \mathrm{topectx}}{\Xi \vert \Phi, \phi, \Phi' \vdash \phi}


Shapes are a cube with a tope in the context of a term of the cube

ΞIcubeΞ,t:IϕtopeΞ{t:I|ϕ}shape\frac{\Xi \vdash I \: \mathrm{cube} \quad \Xi, t:I \vdash \phi \; \mathrm{tope}}{\Xi \vdash \{t:I \vert \phi \} \; \mathrm{shape}}

Type layer

This type layer is a dependent type theory with some notion of identity type, dependent product type, dependent sum type, and higher inductive types, as well as judgmental equality to reflect the equality tope of the tope layer, and cube contexts and tope contexts in addition to the usual type contexts. The beta conversion and eta conversion rules for the types may either be typal or judgmental. In addition, there is no equality reflection rule, which makes the dependent type theory an intensional type theory.

With two layers

It is also possible to combine the cube layer and the tope layer together into one layer of shapes, just as in traditional mathematics it is possible to combine the set layer and the logic layer into one layer of types. However, the resulting theory is just a two-level type theory where the non-fibrant types are called “shapes”.

See also


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