Situated Transition Systems

Chad Nester
(Tallinn University of Technology)

We construct a monoidal category of open transition systems that generate material history as transitions unfold, which we call situated transition systems. The material history generated by a composite system is composed of the material history generated by each component. The construction is parameterized by a symmetric strict monoidal category, understood as a resource theory, from which material histories are drawn. We pay special attention to the case in which this category is compact closed. In particular, if we begin with a compact closed category of integers then the resulting situated transition systems can be understood as systems of double-entry bookkeeping accounts.

In Kohei Kishida: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Applied Category Theory (ACT 2021), Cambridge, United Kingdom, 12-16th July 2021, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 372, pp. 103–115.
Published: 3rd November 2022.

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