redtt is a core language for cartesian cubical type theory with extension
types. We plan to build an extensible interactive proof assistant around it,
using ideas from proof assistants like RedPRL,
Epigram, and Idris.
redtt is not yet documented; we have the following interesting features:
path types definable in terms of more general extension types, which specify the boundary of an
n-cube all at once
source language with implicit arguments based on a cubical version of higher-order unification
predicative hierarchy of cumulative, univalent universes
level "polymorphic" definitions achieved using McBride's "Crude But Effective Stratification" (in which each thing is defined at the lowest level possible, and then hoisted upward when needed)
two-level type theory in the style of RedPRL: currently we have only pretypes and (kan) types. Once we design a suitable account of exact equality types in the cubical setting, we will add these, and they will live side-by-side with path types as they did in RedPRL.
user-defined (parametric) higher inductive types (indexed HITs not yet supported) based on the work of Evan Cavallo and Bob Harper.
RedML, a (very) rudimentary tactic language
Features we intend to add in the near future:
indexed higher inductive types
a type system for RedML
algebraic effects and handlers for RedML
redtt mathematical library
Help is welcome and desired! Please see the open tickets and especially our Roadmap. Currently, we are trying to limit the dependencies of this code; when something is available as a package, but can easily be coded locally, we prefer the latter.
We also want to avoid using things like syntax extensions/ppxs, though we may end up using one of these for the lexer at one point.
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If this is your first time configuring OPAM, please run
opam init; this will
automatically install OCaml. If you are using a version of OCaml other than
4.09.0, you must run
opam switch 4.09.0.
Other recommended packages
We recommend installing
opam; the easiest way to edit
OCaml code out of the box is to install Visual Studio
along with the OCaml and Reason
package by Darin Morrison.
$ git clone https://github.com/RedPRL/redtt $ cd redtt $ opam update $ opam pin add -y redtt . # the first time you build $ opam upgrade # after packages change
If you have previously built
redtt but some of our dependencies have changed
in the meanwhile,
opam upgrade might fail. In this case, please first run
opam uninstall redtt and then run
utop (see prerequisites).
$ make top
$ make library
What's the relationship to RedPRL?
The goal of the RedPRL Development Team is to study implementation techniques for higher dimensional type theory, and determine which ideas lead to the most convenient and ergonomic system for developing both higher dimensional mathematics and higher dimensional programming. To this end, our first experiment was the RedPRL Proof Assistant; our second experiment is the
redtt proof assistant, which synthesizes what we learned from the experience of building RedPRL and using it to formalize mathematics.
This research was sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under grant number FA9550-15-1-0053 and the National Science Foundation under grant number DMS-1638352. We also thank the Logic and Semantics Group at Aarhus University for their hospitality in during the summer of 2018, during which part of this work was undertaken. The views and conclusions contained here are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of any sponsoring institution, government or any other entity.