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The Essence of Principal Typings
 In Proc. 29th Int’l Coll. Automata, Languages, and Programming, volume 2380 of LNCS
, 2002
"... Let S be some type system. A typing in S for a typable term M is the collection of all of the information other than M which appears in the final judgement of a proof derivation showing that M is typable. For example, suppose there is a derivation in S ending with the judgement A M : # meanin ..."
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Let S be some type system. A typing in S for a typable term M is the collection of all of the information other than M which appears in the final judgement of a proof derivation showing that M is typable. For example, suppose there is a derivation in S ending with the judgement A M : # meaning that M has result type # when assuming the types of free variables are given by A. Then (A, #) is a typing for M .
Introduction to set constraintbased program analysis
 Science of Computer Programming
, 1999
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Intersection Type Assignment Systems
 THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1995
"... This paper gives an overview of intersection type assignment for the Lambda Calculus, as well as compare in detail variants that have been defined in the past. It presents the essential intersection type assignment system, that will prove to be as powerful as the wellknown BCDsystem. It is essenti ..."
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This paper gives an overview of intersection type assignment for the Lambda Calculus, as well as compare in detail variants that have been defined in the past. It presents the essential intersection type assignment system, that will prove to be as powerful as the wellknown BCDsystem. It is essential in the following sense: it is an almost syntax directed system that satisfies all major properties of the BCDsystem, and the types used are the representatives of equivalence classes of types in the BCDsystem. The set of typeable terms can be characterized in the same way, the system is complete with respect to the simple type semantics, and it has the principal type property.
Principality and Decidable Type Inference for FiniteRank Intersection Types
 In Conf. Rec. POPL ’99: 26th ACM Symp. Princ. of Prog. Langs
, 1999
"... Principality of typings is the property that for each typable term, there is a typing from which all other typings are obtained via some set of operations. Type inference is the problem of finding a typing for a given term, if possible. We define an intersection type system which has principal typin ..."
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Principality of typings is the property that for each typable term, there is a typing from which all other typings are obtained via some set of operations. Type inference is the problem of finding a typing for a given term, if possible. We define an intersection type system which has principal typings and types exactly the strongly normalizable terms. More interestingly, every finiterank restriction of this system (using Leivant's first notion of rank) has principal typings and also has decidable type inference. This is in contrast to System F where the finite rank restriction for every finite rank at 3 and above has neither principal typings nor decidable type inference. This is also in contrast to earlier presentations of intersection types where the status (decidable or undecidable) of these properties is unknown for the finiterank restrictions at 3 and above. Furthermore, the notion of principal typings for our system involves only one operation, substitution, rather than severa...
From Polyvariant Flow Information to Intersection and Union Types
 J. FUNCT. PROGRAMMING
, 1998
"... Many polyvariant program analyses have been studied in the 1990s, including kCFA, polymorphic splitting, and the cartesian product algorithm. The idea of polyvariance is to analyze functions more than once and thereby obtain better precision for each call site. In this paper we present an equivalen ..."
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Many polyvariant program analyses have been studied in the 1990s, including kCFA, polymorphic splitting, and the cartesian product algorithm. The idea of polyvariance is to analyze functions more than once and thereby obtain better precision for each call site. In this paper we present an equivalence theorem which relates a coinductively defined family of polyvariant ow analyses and a standard type system. The proof embodies a way of understanding polyvariant flow information in terms of union and intersection types, and, conversely, a way of understanding union and intersection types in terms of polyvariant flow information. We use the theorem as basis for a new flowtype system in the spirit of the CIL calculus of Wells, Dimock, Muller, and Turbak, in which types are annotated with flow information. A flowtype system is useful as an interface between a owanalysis algorithm and a program optimizer. Derived systematically via our equivalence theorem, our flowtype system should be a g...
Refinement Types for Logical Frameworks
 Informal Proceedings of the Workshop on Types for Proofs and Programs
, 1993
"... We propose a refinement of the type theory underlying the LF logical framework by a form of subtypes and intersection types. This refinement preserves desirable features of LF, such as decidability of typechecking, and at the same time considerably simplifies the representations of many deductive s ..."
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We propose a refinement of the type theory underlying the LF logical framework by a form of subtypes and intersection types. This refinement preserves desirable features of LF, such as decidability of typechecking, and at the same time considerably simplifies the representations of many deductive systems. A subtheory can be applied directly to hereditary Harrop formulas which form the basis of Prolog and Isabelle. 1 Introduction Over the past two years we have carried out extensive experiments in the application of the LF Logical Framework [HHP93] to represent and implement deductive systems and their metatheory. Such systems arise naturally in the study of logic and the theory of programming languages. For example, we have formalized the operational semantics and type system of MiniML and implemented a proof of type preservation [MP91] and the correctness of a compiler to a variant of the Categorical Abstract Machine [HP92]. LF is based on a predicative type theory with dependent t...
Safety Analysis versus Type Inference
 INFORMATION AND COMPUTATION
, 1995
"... Safety analysis is an algorithm for determining if a term in an untyped lambda calculus with constants is safe, i.e., if it does not cause an error during evaluation. This ambition is also shared by algorithms for type inference. Safety analysis and type inference are based on rather different pe ..."
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Safety analysis is an algorithm for determining if a term in an untyped lambda calculus with constants is safe, i.e., if it does not cause an error during evaluation. This ambition is also shared by algorithms for type inference. Safety analysis and type inference are based on rather different perspectives, however. Safety analysis is global in that it can only analyze a complete program. In contrast, type inference is local in that it can analyze pieces of a program in isolation. In this paper we prove that safety analysis is sound , relative to both a strict and a lazy operational semantics. We also prove that safety analysis accepts strictly more safe lambda terms than does type inference for simple types. The latter result demonstrates that global program analyses can be more precise than local ones.
Principal type schemes for the strict type assignment system
 Logic and Computation
, 1993
"... We study the strict type assignment system, a restriction of the intersection type discipline [6], and prove that it has the principal type property. We define, for a term, the principal pair (of basis and type). We specify three operations on pairs, and prove that all pairs deducible for can be obt ..."
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We study the strict type assignment system, a restriction of the intersection type discipline [6], and prove that it has the principal type property. We define, for a term, the principal pair (of basis and type). We specify three operations on pairs, and prove that all pairs deducible for can be obtained from the principal one by these operations, and that these map deducible pairs to deducible pairs.
Principality and Type Inference for Intersection Types Using Expansion Variables
, 2003
"... Principality of typings is the property that for each typable term, there is a typing from which all other typings are obtained via some set of operations. Type inference is the problem of finding a typing for a given term, if possible. We define an intersection type system which has principal typ ..."
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Principality of typings is the property that for each typable term, there is a typing from which all other typings are obtained via some set of operations. Type inference is the problem of finding a typing for a given term, if possible. We define an intersection type system which has principal typings and types exactly the strongly normalizable #terms. More interestingly, every finiterank restriction of this system (using Leivant's first notion of rank) has principal typings and also has decidable type inference.