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Type Inference with Polymorphic Recursion
 Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems
, 1991
"... The DamasMilner Calculus is the typed Acalculus underlying the type system for ML and several other strongly typed polymorphic functional languages such as Mirandal and Haskell. Mycroft has extended its problematic monomorphic typing rule for recursive definitions with a polymorphic typing rule. H ..."
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The DamasMilner Calculus is the typed Acalculus underlying the type system for ML and several other strongly typed polymorphic functional languages such as Mirandal and Haskell. Mycroft has extended its problematic monomorphic typing rule for recursive definitions with a polymorphic typing rule. He proved the resulting type system, which we call the MilnerMycroft Calculus, sound with respect to Milner’s semantics, and showed that it preserves the principal typing property of the DamasMilner Calculus. The extension is of practical significance in typed logic programming languages and, more generally, in any language with (mutually) recursive definitions. In this paper we show that the type inference problem for the MilnerMycroft Calculus is logspace equivalent to semiunification, the problem of solving subsumption inequations between firstorder terms. This result has been proved independently by Kfoury et al. In connection with the recently established undecidability of semiunification this implies that typability in the MilnerMycroft Calculus is undecidable. We present some reasons why type inference with polymorphic recursion appears to be practical despite its undecidability. This also sheds some light on the observed practicality of ML
Programming with Intersection Types and Bounded Polymorphism
, 1991
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Parameterized Complexity: A Framework for Systematically Confronting Computational Intractability
 DIMACS Series in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science
, 1997
"... In this paper we give a programmatic overview of parameterized computational complexity in the broad context of the problem of coping with computational intractability. We give some examples of how fixedparameter tractability techniques can deliver practical algorithms in two different ways: (1) by ..."
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In this paper we give a programmatic overview of parameterized computational complexity in the broad context of the problem of coping with computational intractability. We give some examples of how fixedparameter tractability techniques can deliver practical algorithms in two different ways: (1) by providing useful exact algorithms for small parameter ranges, and (2) by providing guidance in the design of heuristic algorithms. In particular, we describe an improved FPT kernelization algorithm for Vertex Cover, a practical FPT algorithm for the Maximum Agreement Subtree (MAST) problem parameterized by the number of species to be deleted, and new general heuristics for these problems based on FPT techniques. In the course of making this overview, we also investigate some structural and hardness issues. We prove that an important naturally parameterized problem in artificial intelligence, STRIPS Planning (where the parameter is the size of the plan) is complete for W [1]. As a corollary, this implies that kStep Reachability for Petri Nets is complete for W [1]. We describe how the concept of treewidth can be applied to STRIPS Planning and other problems of logic to obtain FPT results. We describe a surprising structural result concerning the top end of the parameterized complexity hierarchy: the naturally parameterized Graph kColoring problem cannot be resolved with respect to XP either by showing membership in XP, or by showing hardness for XP without settling the P = NP question one way or the other.
Typability and Type Checking in System F Are Equivalent and Undecidable
 ANNALS OF PURE AND APPLIED LOGIC
, 1998
"... Girard and Reynolds independently invented System F (a.k.a. the secondorder polymorphically typed lambda calculus) to handle problems in logic and computer programming language design, respectively. Viewing F in the Curry style, which associates types with untyped lambda terms, raises the questions ..."
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Girard and Reynolds independently invented System F (a.k.a. the secondorder polymorphically typed lambda calculus) to handle problems in logic and computer programming language design, respectively. Viewing F in the Curry style, which associates types with untyped lambda terms, raises the questions of typability and type checking. Typability asks for a term whether there exists some type it can be given. Type checking asks, for a particular term and type, whether the term can be given that type. The decidability of these problems has been settled for restrictions and extensions of F and related systems and complexity lowerbounds have been determined for typability in F, but this report is the first to resolve whether these problems are decidable for System F. This report proves that type checking in F is undecidable, by a reduction from semiunification, and that typability in F is undecidable, by a reduction from type checking. Because there is an easy reduction from typability to type checking, the two problems are equivalent. The reduction from type checking to typability uses a novel method to construct lambda terms that simulate arbitrarily chosen type environments. All the results also hold for the lambdaIotacalculus.
Parameterized Computational Feasibility
 Feasible Mathematics II
, 1994
"... Many natural computational problems have input consisting of two or more parts. For example, the input might consist of a graph and a positive integer. For many natural problems we may view one of the inputs as a parameter and study how the complexity of the problem varies if the parameter is he ..."
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Many natural computational problems have input consisting of two or more parts. For example, the input might consist of a graph and a positive integer. For many natural problems we may view one of the inputs as a parameter and study how the complexity of the problem varies if the parameter is held fixed. For many applications of computational problems involving such a parameter, only a small range of parameter values is of practical significance, so that fixedparameter complexity is a natural concern. In studying the complexity of such problems, it is therefore important to have a framework in which we can make qualitative distinctions about the contribution of the parameter to the complexity of the problem. In this paper we survey one such framework for investigating parameterized computational complexity and present a number of new results for this theory.
On the parameterized complexity of short computation and factorization
 Archive for Mathematical Logic
, 1997
"... A completeness theory for parameterized computational complexity has been studied in a series of recent papers, and has been shown to have many applications in diverse problem domains including familiar graphtheoretic problems, VLSI layout, games, computational biology, cryptography, and computatio ..."
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A completeness theory for parameterized computational complexity has been studied in a series of recent papers, and has been shown to have many applications in diverse problem domains including familiar graphtheoretic problems, VLSI layout, games, computational biology, cryptography, and computational learning [ADF,DEF,DF17,FH,FHW,FK]. We here study the parameterized complexity of two kinds of problems: (1) problems concerning parameterized computations of Turing machines, such as determining whether a nondeterministic machine can reach an accept state in k steps (the Short TM Computation Problem), and (2) problems concerning derivations and factorizations, such as determining whether a word x can be derived in a grammar G in k steps, or whether a permutation has a factorization of length k over a given set of generators. These include a natural parameterized version of the famous Post Correspondence Systems. We show hardness and completeness for these problems for various levels of the W hierarchy. In particular, we show that Short TM Computation is complete for W [1]. This gives a new and useful characterization of the most important of the apparently intractable parameterized complexity classes. The result could be viewed as one analogue of Cook’s theorem and we believe provides strong evidence for the parameterized intractability of W [1]. 1.
The Parameterized Complexity of Some Problems in Logic and Linguistics (Extended Abstract)
 Proceedings Symposium on Logical Foundations of Computer Science (LFCS), SpringerVerlag, Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 2002
"... March 1, 2002 Rodney G. Downey Department of Mathematics, Victoria University P.O. Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand downey@math.vuw.ac.nz Michael R. Fellows, Bruce M. Kapron and Michael T. Hallett Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3P6 Canada ..."
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March 1, 2002 Rodney G. Downey Department of Mathematics, Victoria University P.O. Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand downey@math.vuw.ac.nz Michael R. Fellows, Bruce M. Kapron and Michael T. Hallett Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3P6 Canada contact author: mfellows@csr.uvic.ca H. Todd Wareham Department of Computer Science Memorial University of Newfoundland St. Johns, Newfoundland A1C 5S7 Canada harold@odie.cs.mun.ca Summary The theory of parameterized computational complexity introduced in [DF13] appears to be of wide applicability in the study of the complexity of concrete problems [ADF,BFH,DEF,FHW,FK]. We believe the theory may be of particular importance to practical applications of logic formalisms in programming language design and in system specification. The reason for this relevance is that while many computational problems in logic are extremely intractable generally, realistic applications often involve a "hidden parameter" according to which the computational problem may be feasible according to the more sensitive criteria of fixedparameter tractability that is the central issue in parameterized computational complexity. We illustrate how this theory may apply to problems in logic, programming languages and linguistics by describing some examples of both tractability and intractability results in these areas. It is our strong expectation that these results are just the tip of the iceberg of interesting applications of parameterized complexity theory to logic and linguistics. The main results described in this abstract are as follows. (1) The problem of determining whether a word x can be derived in k steps in a contextsensitive grammar G (Short CSL Derivation) is complete for the paramet...
Outline of a Proof Theory of Parametricity
 Proc. 5th International Symposium on Functional Programming Languages and Computer Architecture
, 1991
"... Reynolds' Parametricity Theorem (also known as the Abstraction Theorem), a result concerning the model theory of the second order polymorphic typed calculus (F 2 ), has recently been used by Wadler to prove some unusual and interesting properties of programs. We present a purely syntactic vers ..."
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Reynolds' Parametricity Theorem (also known as the Abstraction Theorem), a result concerning the model theory of the second order polymorphic typed calculus (F 2 ), has recently been used by Wadler to prove some unusual and interesting properties of programs. We present a purely syntactic version of the Parametricity Theorem, showing that it is simply an example of formal theorem proving in second order minimal logic over a first order equivalence theory on terms. We analyze the use of parametricity in proving program equivalences, and show that structural induction is still required: parametricity is not enough. As in Leivant's transparent presentation of Girard's Representation Theorem for F 2 , we show that algorithms can be extracted from the proofs, such that if a term can be proven parametric, we can synthesize from the proof an "equivalent" parametric term that is moreover F 2 typable. Given that Leivant showed how proofs of termination, based on inductive data types and s...
A simple proof of a theorem of Statman
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1992
"... In this note, we reprove a theorem of Statman that deciding the fijequality of two firstorder typable terms is not elementary recursive [Sta79]. The basic idea of our proof, like that of Statman's, is the Henkin quantifier elimination procedure [Hen63]. However, our coding is much simpler, an ..."
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In this note, we reprove a theorem of Statman that deciding the fijequality of two firstorder typable terms is not elementary recursive [Sta79]. The basic idea of our proof, like that of Statman's, is the Henkin quantifier elimination procedure [Hen63]. However, our coding is much simpler, and easy to understand. 1 Introduction A well known theorem of Richard Statman states that if we have two terms that are firstorder typable, deciding whether the terms reduce to the same normal form is not Kalmar elementary: namely, it cannot be decided in f k (n) steps for any fixed integer k 0, where n is the length of the two terms, and f 0 (n) = n, f t+1 (n) = 2 f t (n) . The theorem is often cited, but in contrast, its proof is not well understood. In this note, we give a simple proof of the theorem. The key idea that vastly simplifies the technical details of the proof is to use list iteration as a quantifier elimination procedure. 2 Preliminaries 2.1 Deciding truth of formulas in high...
Relating Typability and Expressiveness in FiniteRank Intersection Type Systems (Extended Abstract)
 In Proc. 1999 Int’l Conf. Functional Programming
, 1999
"... We investigate finiterank intersection type systems, analyzing the complexity of their type inference problems and their relation to the problem of recognizing semantically equivalent terms. Intersection types allow something of type T1 /\ T2 to be used in some places at type T1 and in other places ..."
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We investigate finiterank intersection type systems, analyzing the complexity of their type inference problems and their relation to the problem of recognizing semantically equivalent terms. Intersection types allow something of type T1 /\ T2 to be used in some places at type T1 and in other places at type T2 . A finiterank intersection type system bounds how deeply the /\ can appear in type expressions. Such type systems enjoy strong normalization, subject reduction, and computable type inference, and they support a pragmatics for implementing parametric polymorphism. As a consequence, they provide a conceptually simple and tractable alternative to the impredicative polymorphism of System F and its extensions, while typing many more programs than the HindleyMilner type system found in ML and Haskell. While type inference is computable at every rank, we show that its complexity grows exponentially as rank increases. Let K(0, n) = n and K(t + 1, n) = 2^K(t,n); we prove that recognizing the pure lambdaterms of size n that are typable at rank k is complete for dtime[K(k1, n)]. We then consider the problem of deciding whether two lambdaterms typable at rank k have the same normal form, Generalizing a wellknown result of Statman from simple types to finiterank intersection types. ...