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A Fold for All Seasons
 IN PROC. CONFERENCE ON FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES AND COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE
, 1993
"... Generic control operators, such as fold, can be generated from algebraic type definitions. The class of types to which these techniques are applicable is generalized to all algebraic types definable in languages such as Miranda and ML, i.e. mutually recursive sumsofproducts with tuples and functio ..."
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Generic control operators, such as fold, can be generated from algebraic type definitions. The class of types to which these techniques are applicable is generalized to all algebraic types definable in languages such as Miranda and ML, i.e. mutually recursive sumsofproducts with tuples and function types. Several other useful generic operators, also applicable to every type in this class, also are described. A normalization algorithm which automatically calculates improvements to programs expressed in a language based upon folds is described. It reduces programs, expressed using fold as the exclusive control operator, to a canonical form. Based upon a generic promotion theorem, the algorithm is facilitated by the explicit structure of fold programs rather than using an analysis phase to search for implicit structure. Canonical programs are minimal in the sense that they contain the fewest number of fold operations. Because of this property, the normalization algorithm has important ...