Offline, Carlo Angiuli showed me that the difficulty was in part 1, because
of a subtlety I had been forgetting.
Since types are *Kan* cubical sets, we need that the Kan operations agree
as well as the sets.
So part 1 could be thought of as (Glue [ phi |-> equivRefl A ] A, compGlue)
= (A, compA), and getting that the Kan operations to agree was/is difficult.
(Now that I know what the answer is, it is clear that this was already
explained in the initial discussion.)
Humbly,
- Jasper Hugunin
On Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 2:10 AM Jasper Hugunin
wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> I've been trying to understand better why composition for the universe
> does not satisfy regularity.
> Since comp^i [ phi |-> E ] A is defined as (roughly) Glue [ phi |->
> equiv^i E ] A, I would expect regularity to follow from two parts:
> 1. That Glue [ phi |-> equivRefl A ] A reduces to A (a sort of regularity
> condition for the Glue type constructor itself)
> 2. That equiv^i (refl A) reduces to equivRefl A
> I'm curious as to which (or both) of these parts was the issue, or if
> regularity for the universe was supposed to follow from a different
> argument.
>
> Context:
> I've been studying and using CCHM cubical type theory recently, and often
> finding myself wishing that J computed strictly.
> If I understand correctly, early implementations of ctt did have strict J
> for Path types, and this was justified by a "regularity" condition on the
> composition operation, but as discussed in this thread on the HoTT
> mailing list
> ,
> the definition of composition for the universe was found to not satisfy
> regularity.
> I don't remember seeing the regularity condition defined anywhere, but my
> understanding is that it requires that composition in a degenerate line of
> types, with the system of constraints giving the sides of the box also
> degenerate in that direction, reduces to just the bottom of the box. This
> seems to be closed under the usual type formers, plus Glue, but not the
> universe with computation defined as in the CCHM paper
> (for trivial reasons
> and non-trivial reasons; it gets stuck at the start with Glue [ phi |->
> equiv^i refl ] A not reducing to anything).
>
> Best regards,
> - Jasper Hugunin
>
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