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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
Polytypic Values Possess Polykinded Types
, 2000
"... A polytypic value is one that is defined by induction on the structure of types. In Haskell the type structure is described by the socalled kind system, which distinguishes between manifest types like the type of integers and functions on types like the list type constructor. Previous approaches to ..."
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A polytypic value is one that is defined by induction on the structure of types. In Haskell the type structure is described by the socalled kind system, which distinguishes between manifest types like the type of integers and functions on types like the list type constructor. Previous approaches to polytypic programming were restricted in that they only allowed to parameterize values by types of one fixed kind. In this paper we show how to define values that are indexed by types of arbitrary kinds. It appears that these polytypic values possess types that are indexed by kinds. We present several examples that demonstrate that the additional exibility is useful in practice. One paradigmatic example is the mapping function, which describes the functorial action on arrows. A single polytypic definition yields mapping functions for datatypes of arbitrary kinds including first and higherorder functors. Polytypic values enjoy polytypic properties. Using kindindexed logical relations we prove...
Complete restrictions of the intersection type discipline
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1992
"... In this paper the intersection type discipline as defined in [Barendregt et al. ’83] is studied. We will present two different and independent complete restrictions of the intersection type discipline. The first restricted system, the strict type assignment system, is presented in section two. Its m ..."
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In this paper the intersection type discipline as defined in [Barendregt et al. ’83] is studied. We will present two different and independent complete restrictions of the intersection type discipline. The first restricted system, the strict type assignment system, is presented in section two. Its major feature is the absence of the derivation rule (≤) and it is based on a set of strict types. We will show that these together give rise to a strict filter lambda model that is essentially different from the one presented in [Barendregt et al. ’83]. We will show that the strict type assignment system is the nucleus of the full system, i.e. for every derivation in the intersection type discipline there is a derivation in which (≤) is used only at the very end. Finally we will prove that strict type assignment is complete for inference semantics. The second restricted system is presented in section three. Its major feature is the absence of the type ω. We will show that this system gives rise to a filter λImodel and that type assignment without ω is complete for the λIcalculus. Finally we will prove that a lambda term is typeable in this system if and only if it is strongly normalizable.
What Are Principal Typings and What Are They Good For?
, 1995
"... We demonstrate the pragmatic value of the principal typing property, a property more general than ML's principal type property, by studying a type system with principal typings. The type system is based on rank 2 intersection types and is closely related to ML. Its principal typing property prov ..."
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We demonstrate the pragmatic value of the principal typing property, a property more general than ML's principal type property, by studying a type system with principal typings. The type system is based on rank 2 intersection types and is closely related to ML. Its principal typing property provides elegant support for separate compilation, including "smartest recompilation" and incremental type inference, and for accurate type error messages. Moreover, it motivates a novel rule for typing recursive definitions that can type many examples of polymorphic recursion.
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 .
Partial polymorphic type inference and higherorder unification
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE 1988 ACM CONFERENCE ON LISP AND FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING, ACM
, 1988
"... We show that the problem of partial type inference in the nthborder polymorphic Xcalculus is equivalent to nthorder unification. On the one hand, this means that partial type inference in polymorphic Xcalculi of order 2 or higher is undecidable. On the other hand, higherorder unification is oft ..."
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We show that the problem of partial type inference in the nthborder polymorphic Xcalculus is equivalent to nthorder unification. On the one hand, this means that partial type inference in polymorphic Xcalculi of order 2 or higher is undecidable. On the other hand, higherorder unification is often tractable in practice, and our translation entails a very useful algorithm for partial type inference in the worder polymorphic Xcalculus. We present an implementation in AProlog in full.
A direct algorithm for type inference in the rank2 fragment of the secondorder λcalculus
, 1993
"... We study the problem of type inference for a family of polymorphic type disciplines containing the power of CoreML. This family comprises all levels of the stratification of the secondorder lambdacalculus by "rank" of types. We show that typability is an undecidable problem at every rank k >= 3 o ..."
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We study the problem of type inference for a family of polymorphic type disciplines containing the power of CoreML. This family comprises all levels of the stratification of the secondorder lambdacalculus by "rank" of types. We show that typability is an undecidable problem at every rank k >= 3 of this stratification. While it was already known that typability is decidable at rank 2, no direct and easytoimplement algorithm was available. To design such an algorithm, we develop a new notion of reduction and show howto use it to reduce the problem of typability at rank 2 to the problem of acyclic semiunification. A byproduct of our analysis is the publication of a simple solution procedure for acyclic semiunification.
Generic Haskell: practice and theory
 In Generic Programming, Advanced Lectures, volume 2793 of LNCS
, 2003
"... Abstract. Generic Haskell is an extension of Haskell that supports the construction of generic programs. These lecture notes describe the basic constructs of Generic Haskell and highlight the underlying theory. Generic programming aims at making programming more effective by making it more general. ..."
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Abstract. Generic Haskell is an extension of Haskell that supports the construction of generic programs. These lecture notes describe the basic constructs of Generic Haskell and highlight the underlying theory. Generic programming aims at making programming more effective by making it more general. Generic programs often embody nontraditional kinds of polymorphism. Generic Haskell is an extension of Haskell [38] that supports the construction of generic programs. Generic Haskell adds to Haskell the notion of structural polymorphism, the ability to define a function (or a type) by induction on the structure of types. Such a function is generic in the sense that it works not only for a specific type but for a whole class of types. Typical examples include equality, parsing and pretty printing, serialising, ordering, hashing, and so on. The lecture notes on Generic Haskell are organized into two parts. This first part motivates the need for genericity, describes the basic constructs of Generic Haskell, puts Generic Haskell into perspective, and highlights the underlying theory. The second part entitled “Generic Haskell: applications ” delves deeper into the language discussing three nontrivial applications of Generic Haskell: generic dictionaries, compressing XML documents, and a generic version of the zipper data type. The first part is organized as follows. Section 1 provides some background discussing type systems in general and the type system of Haskell in particular. Furthermore, it motivates the basic constructs of Generic Haskell. Section 2 takes a closer look at generic definitions and shows how to define some popular generic functions. Section 3 highlights the theory underlying Generic Haskell and discusses its implementation. Section 4 concludes. 1