Conference Papers: Path Spaces of Higher Inductive Types in Homotopy Type Theory

[DBLP:conf/lics/KrausR19]Nicolai Kraus, Jakob von Raumer, Path Spaces of Higher Inductive Types in Homotopy Type Theory, 34th Annual {ACM/IEEE} Symposium on Logic in Computer Science, LICS 2019, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 24-27, 2019, pp. 1--13, IEEE, 2019.


The study of equality types is central to homotopy type theory. Characterizing these types is often tricky, and various strategies, such as the encode-decode method, have been developed. We prove a theorem about equality types of coequalizers and pushouts, reminiscent of an induction principle and without any restrictions on the truncation levels. This result makes it possible to reason directly about certain equality types and to streamline existing proofs by eliminating the necessity of auxiliary constructions. To demonstrate this, we give a very short argument for the calculation of the fundamental group of the circle (Licata and Shulman), and for the fact that pushouts preserve embeddings. Further, our development suggests a higher version of the Seifert-van Kampen theorem, and the set-truncation operator maps it to the standard Seifert-van Kampen theorem (due to Favonia and Shulman). We provide a formalization of the main technical results in the proof assistant Lean.




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Dr. Jakob von Raumer