# Quantification

Quantification allows us to talk about all values in a set

## Universal Quantification

**Syntax:**

`forall (<type> <id> in <expression>...<expression>) <expression>`

`forall (<type> <id> in <expression>) <expression>`

Universal quantifiers are powerful expressions that allow users to talk about all values that fit a criteria. Scribble supports 2 types of universal quantifiers - quantifiers over numeric ranges and quantifiers over arrays and maps.

### Numeric ranges

Quantifiers can talk about properties that hold over all numbers in a given range. The syntax for such quantifiers is `forall(<type> <id> in <expression>...<expression>) <expression>`

.

The start expression is **inclusive**, while the end range expression is **exclusive.**

The most common use-case of quantification over numeric ranges is describing all indices of an array (see below example).

In the below example we check that the array `arr`

is sorted.

Note that the type of the quantifier variable (`uint i`

in the above example) must always be a numeric type, and it must be able to fit both the start and end expressions. So for example you can't write:
`forall (int8 i in 0...arr.length-1) ...`

in the above example instead, since `int8`

is too small of a type to store the array length (which is `uint256`

).

### Arrays/maps

The second flavor of universal quantifiers talks about all indices in an array or keys in a map. The syntax is `forall (<type> <id> in <expression>) <expression>`

.

In the below example, we check that each stakeholder has a positive stake

Any `forall`

over arrays can be equivalently expressed as a `forall`

over numeric ranges.
I.e.`forall(<type> i in arr) <expr>`

is equivalent to `forall(uint i in 0...arr.length) <expr>`

Note that in Solidity maps are technically defined over their complete input range (i.e. a `mapping(uint=>uint)`

is defined for all `uint256`

s, just its 0 for most of them). Due to this, when we say that we "quantify over all keys in a map", we mean all keys that have:
1. Been set explicitly at least once
2. Have not been deleted with the `delete`

keyword.

To support this, under the hood we re-write all annotated maps with our custom data type that track key insertion and deletions.

The `delete`

operation is equivalent to zeroing out a value. However, we do not treat them equivalently. Given a map `m`

, when you do `delete m[x]`

, we will remove `x`

from the keys that we store in `m`

. However, if you do `m[x] = 0`

we will **not **remove x from the keys we store in `m`

.

You can nest `forall`

statements arbitrarily. For example, we can extend the example above to store a list of authorized users for a given address and require that none of the authorized users is `0x0`

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