# ImpCEvalFunAn Evaluation Function for Imp

We saw in the Imp chapter how a naive approach to defining a function representing evaluation for Imp runs into difficulties. There, we adopted the solution of changing from a functional to a relational definition of evaluation. In this optional chapter, we consider strategies for getting the functional approach to work.

# A Broken Evaluator

From Coq Require Import Lia.
From Coq Require Import Arith.Arith.
From Coq Require Import Arith.PeanoNat.
Import Nat.
From Coq Require Import Arith.EqNat.
From LF Require Import Imp Maps.
Here was our first try at an evaluation function for commands, omitting while.
Fixpoint ceval_step1 (st : state) (c : com) : state :=
match c with
| <{ skip }> ⇒
st
| <{ l := a1 }> ⇒
(l !-> aeval st a1 ; st)
| <{ c1 ; c2 }> ⇒
let st' := ceval_step1 st c1 in
ceval_step1 st' c2
| <{ if b then c1 else c2 end }> ⇒
if (beval st b)
then ceval_step1 st c1
else ceval_step1 st c2
| <{ while b1 do c1 end }> ⇒
st (* bogus *)
end.
As we remarked in chapter Imp, in a traditional functional programming language like ML or Haskell we could write the while case as follows:
```    | while b1 do c1 end =>
if (beval st b1) then
ceval_step1 st <{ c1; while b1 do c1 end }>
else st
```
Coq doesn't accept such a definition (Error: Cannot guess decreasing argument of fix) because the function we want to define is not guaranteed to terminate. Indeed, the changed ceval_step1 function applied to the loop program from Imp.v would never terminate. Since Coq is not just a functional programming language, but also a consistent logic, any potentially non-terminating function needs to be rejected. Here is an invalid(!) Coq program showing what would go wrong if Coq allowed non-terminating recursive functions:
```     Fixpoint loop_false (n : nat) : False := loop_false n.
```
That is, propositions like False would become provable (e.g., loop_false 0 would be a proof of False), which would be a disaster for Coq's logical consistency.
Thus, because it doesn't terminate on all inputs, the full version of ceval_step1 cannot be written in Coq -- at least not without one additional trick...

# A Step-Indexed Evaluator

The trick we need is to pass an additional parameter to the evaluation function that tells it how long to run. Informally, we start the evaluator with a certain amount of "gas" in its tank, and we allow it to run until either it terminates in the usual way or it runs out of gas, at which point we simply stop evaluating and say that the final result is the empty memory. (We could also say that the result is the current state at the point where the evaluator runs out of gas -- it doesn't really matter because the result is going to be wrong in either case!)
Fixpoint ceval_step2 (st : state) (c : com) (i : nat) : state :=
match i with
| Oempty_st
| S i'
match c with
| <{ skip }> ⇒
st
| <{ l := a1 }> ⇒
(l !-> aeval st a1 ; st)
| <{ c1 ; c2 }> ⇒
let st' := ceval_step2 st c1 i' in
ceval_step2 st' c2 i'
| <{ if b then c1 else c2 end }> ⇒
if (beval st b)
then ceval_step2 st c1 i'
else ceval_step2 st c2 i'
| <{ while b1 do c1 end }> ⇒
if (beval st b1)
then let st' := ceval_step2 st c1 i' in
ceval_step2 st' c i'
else st
end
end.

Fixpoint ceval_step3 (st : state) (c : com) (i : nat)
: option state :=
match i with
| ONone
| S i'
match c with
| <{ skip }> ⇒
Some st
| <{ l := a1 }> ⇒
Some (l !-> aeval st a1 ; st)
| <{ c1 ; c2 }> ⇒
match (ceval_step3 st c1 i') with
| Some st'ceval_step3 st' c2 i'
| NoneNone
end
| <{ if b then c1 else c2 end }> ⇒
if (beval st b)
then ceval_step3 st c1 i'
else ceval_step3 st c2 i'
| <{ while b1 do c1 end }> ⇒
if (beval st b1)
then match (ceval_step3 st c1 i') with
| Some st'ceval_step3 st' c i'
| NoneNone
end
else Some st
end
end.
We can improve the readability of this version by introducing a bit of auxiliary notation to hide the plumbing involved in repeatedly matching against optional states.
Notation "'LETOPT' x <== e1 'IN' e2"
:= (match e1 with
| Some xe2
| NoneNone
end)
(right associativity, at level 60).

Fixpoint ceval_step (st : state) (c : com) (i : nat)
: option state :=
match i with
| ONone
| S i'
match c with
| <{ skip }> ⇒
Some st
| <{ l := a1 }> ⇒
Some (l !-> aeval st a1 ; st)
| <{ c1 ; c2 }> ⇒
LETOPT st' <== ceval_step st c1 i' IN
ceval_step st' c2 i'
| <{ if b then c1 else c2 end }> ⇒
if (beval st b)
then ceval_step st c1 i'
else ceval_step st c2 i'
| <{ while b1 do c1 end }> ⇒
if (beval st b1)
then LETOPT st' <== ceval_step st c1 i' IN
ceval_step st' c i'
else Some st
end
end.

Definition test_ceval (st:state) (c:com) :=
match ceval_step st c 500 with
| NoneNone
| Some stSome (st X, st Y, st Z)
end.

Example example_test_ceval :
test_ceval empty_st

<{ X := 2;
if (X ≤ 1)
then Y := 3
else Z := 4
end }>

= Some (2, 0, 4).
Proof. reflexivity. Qed.

# Relational vs. Step-Indexed Evaluation

Theorem ceval_step__ceval: c st st',
( i, ceval_step st c i = Some st') →
st =[ c ]=> st'.
Proof.
intros c st st' H.
inversion H as [i E].
clear H.
generalize dependent st'.
generalize dependent st.
generalize dependent c.
induction i as [| i' ].

- (* i = 0 -- contradictory *)
intros c st st' H. discriminate H.

- (* i = S i' *)
intros c st st' H.
destruct c;
simpl in H; inversion H; subst; clear H.
+ (* skip *) apply E_Skip.
+ (* := *) apply E_Asgn. reflexivity.

+ (* ; *)
destruct (ceval_step st c1 i') eqn:Heqr1.
× (* Evaluation of r1 terminates normally *)
apply E_Seq with s.
apply IHi'. rewrite Heqr1. reflexivity.
apply IHi'. assumption.
× (* Otherwise -- contradiction *)
discriminate H1.

+ (* if *)
destruct (beval st b) eqn:Heqr.
× (* r = true *)
apply E_IfTrue. rewrite Heqr. reflexivity.
apply IHi'. assumption.
× (* r = false *)
apply E_IfFalse. rewrite Heqr. reflexivity.
apply IHi'. assumption.

+ (* while *) destruct (beval st b) eqn :Heqr.
× (* r = true *)
destruct (ceval_step st c i') eqn:Heqr1.
{ (* r1 = Some s *)
apply E_WhileTrue with s. rewrite Heqr.
reflexivity.
apply IHi'. rewrite Heqr1. reflexivity.
apply IHi'. assumption. }
{ (* r1 = None *) discriminate H1. }
× (* r = false *)
injection H1 as H2. rewrite <- H2.
apply E_WhileFalse. apply Heqr. Qed.

Theorem ceval_step_more: i1 i2 st st' c,
i1i2
ceval_step st c i1 = Some st'
ceval_step st c i2 = Some st'.
Proof.
induction i1 as [|i1']; intros i2 st st' c Hle Hceval.
- (* i1 = 0 *)
simpl in Hceval. discriminate Hceval.
- (* i1 = S i1' *)
destruct i2 as [|i2']. inversion Hle.
assert (Hle': i1'i2') by lia.
destruct c.
+ (* skip *)
simpl in Hceval. inversion Hceval.
reflexivity.
+ (* := *)
simpl in Hceval. inversion Hceval.
reflexivity.
+ (* ; *)
simpl in Hceval. simpl.
destruct (ceval_step st c1 i1') eqn:Heqst1'o.
× (* st1'o = Some *)
apply (IHi1' i2') in Heqst1'o; try assumption.
rewrite Heqst1'o. simpl. simpl in Hceval.
apply (IHi1' i2') in Hceval; try assumption.
× (* st1'o = None *)
discriminate Hceval.

+ (* if *)
simpl in Hceval. simpl.
destruct (beval st b); apply (IHi1' i2') in Hceval;
assumption.

+ (* while *)
simpl in Hceval. simpl.
destruct (beval st b); try assumption.
destruct (ceval_step st c i1') eqn: Heqst1'o.
× (* st1'o = Some *)
apply (IHi1' i2') in Heqst1'o; try assumption.
rewriteHeqst1'o. simpl. simpl in Hceval.
apply (IHi1' i2') in Hceval; try assumption.
× (* i1'o = None *)
simpl in Hceval. discriminate Hceval. Qed.

Theorem ceval__ceval_step: c st st',
st =[ c ]=> st'
i, ceval_step st c i = Some st'.
Proof.
intros c st st' Hce.
induction Hce.
(* FILL IN HERE *) Admitted.

Theorem ceval_and_ceval_step_coincide: c st st',
st =[ c ]=> st'
↔ i, ceval_step st c i = Some st'.
Proof.
intros c st st'.
split. apply ceval__ceval_step. apply ceval_step__ceval.
Qed.

# Determinism of Evaluation Again

Using the fact that the relational and step-indexed definition of evaluation are the same, we can give a slicker proof that the evaluation relation is deterministic.
Theorem ceval_deterministic' : c st st1 st2,
st =[ c ]=> st1
st =[ c ]=> st2
st1 = st2.
Proof.
intros c st st1 st2 He1 He2.
apply ceval__ceval_step in He1.
apply ceval__ceval_step in He2.
inversion He1 as [i1 E1].
inversion He2 as [i2 E2].
apply ceval_step_more with (i2 := i1 + i2) in E1.
apply ceval_step_more with (i2 := i1 + i2) in E2.
rewrite E1 in E2. inversion E2. reflexivity.
lia. lia. Qed.