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alpha conversion

<theory> In lambda-calculus and reduction, the renaming of a formal parameter in a lambda abstraction. This does not change the meaning of the abstraction. For example:

	\ x . x+1  <-->  \ y . y+1

If the actual argument to a lambda abstraction contains instances of the abstraction's formal parameter then it is necessary to rename the parameter before applying the abstraction to avoid name capture.

(1995-05-10)

 


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