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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.
Smartest Recompilation
 In ACM Symp. on Principles of Programming Languages
, 1993
"... To separately compile a program module in traditional staticallytyped languages, one has to manually write down an import interface which explicitly specifies all the external symbols referenced in the module. Whenever the definitions of these external symbols are changed, the module has to be reco ..."
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To separately compile a program module in traditional staticallytyped languages, one has to manually write down an import interface which explicitly specifies all the external symbols referenced in the module. Whenever the definitions of these external symbols are changed, the module has to be recompiled. In this paper, we present an algorithm which can automatically infer the "minimum" import interface for any module in languages based on the DamasMilner type discipline (e.g., ML). By "minimum", we mean that the interface specifies a set of assumptions (for external symbols) that are just enough to make the module typecheck and compile. By compiling each module using its "minimum" import interface, we get a separate compilation method that can achieve the following optimal property: A compilation unit never needs to be recompiled unless its own implementation changes.
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 rst to resolve whether these problems are decidable for System F. This report proves that type checking in F is undecidable, by a reduction from semiuni cation, and that typability in F is undecidable, by a reduction from type checking. Because there is an easy reduction from typability to typ...
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...
Dimension Types
 In 5th European Symp. on Programming, LNCS 788
, 1994
"... . Scientists and engineers must ensure that physical equations are dimensionally consistent, but existing programming languages treat all numeric values as dimensionless. This paper extends a stronglytyped programming language with a notion of dimension type. Our approach improves on previous propo ..."
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. Scientists and engineers must ensure that physical equations are dimensionally consistent, but existing programming languages treat all numeric values as dimensionless. This paper extends a stronglytyped programming language with a notion of dimension type. Our approach improves on previous proposals in that dimension types may be polymorphic. Furthermore, any expression which is typable in the system has a most general type, and we describe an algorithm which infers this type automatically. The algorithm exploits equational unification over Abelian groups in addition to ordinary term unification. An implementation of the type system is described, extending the ML Kit compiler. Finally, we discuss the problem of obtaining a canonical form for principal types and sketch some more powerful systems which use dependent and higherorder polymorphic types. 1 Introduction One aim behind stronglytyped languages is the detection of common programming errors before runtime. Types act as a ...
Rank 2 Type Systems and Recursive Definitions
, 1995
"... We demonstrate an equivalence between the rank 2 fragments of the polymorphic lambda calculus (System F) and the intersection type discipline: exactly the same terms are typable in each system. An immediate consequence is that typability in the rank 2 intersection system is DEXPTIMEcomplete. We int ..."
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We demonstrate an equivalence between the rank 2 fragments of the polymorphic lambda calculus (System F) and the intersection type discipline: exactly the same terms are typable in each system. An immediate consequence is that typability in the rank 2 intersection system is DEXPTIMEcomplete. We introduce a rank 2 system combining intersections and polymorphism, and prove that it types exactly the same terms as the other rank 2 systems. The combined system suggests a new rule for typing recursive definitions. The result is a rank 2 type system with decidable type inference that can type some interesting examples of polymorphic recursion. Finally,we discuss some applications of the type system in data representation optimizations such as unboxing and overloading.
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.
Concatenate, Reverse and Map Vanish For Free
, 2002
"... We introduce a new transformation method to eliminate intermediate data structures occurring in functional programs due to repeated list concatenations and other data manipulations (additionally exemplified with list reversal and mapping of functions over lists). The general idea is to uniformly abs ..."
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We introduce a new transformation method to eliminate intermediate data structures occurring in functional programs due to repeated list concatenations and other data manipulations (additionally exemplified with list reversal and mapping of functions over lists). The general idea is to uniformly abstract from data constructors and manipulating operations by means of rank2 polymorphic combinators that exploit algebraic properties of these operations to provide an optimized implementation. The correctness of transformations is proved by using the free theorems derivable from parametric polymorphic types.
Type inference and semiunification
 In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on LISP and Functional Programming (LFP ) (Snowbird
, 1988
"... In the last ten years declarationfree programming languages with a polymorphic typing discipline (ML, B) have been developed to approximate the flexibility and conciseness of dynamically typed languages (LISP, SETL) while retaining the safety and execution efficiency of conventional statically type ..."
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In the last ten years declarationfree programming languages with a polymorphic typing discipline (ML, B) have been developed to approximate the flexibility and conciseness of dynamically typed languages (LISP, SETL) while retaining the safety and execution efficiency of conventional statically typed languages (Algol68, Pascal). These polymorphic languages can be type checked at compile time, yet allow functions whose arguments range over a variety of types. We investigate several polymorphic type systems, the most powerful of which, termed MilnerMycroft Calculus, extends the socalled letpolymorphism found in, e.g., ML with a polymorphic typing rule for recursive definitions. We show that semiunification, the problem of solving inequalities over firstorder terms, characterizes type checking in the MilnerMycroft Calculus to polynomial time, even in the restricted case where nested definitions are disallowed. This permits us to extend some infeasibility results for related combinatorial problems to type inference and to correct several claims and statements in the literature. We prove the existence of unique most general solutions of term inequalities, called most general semiunifiers, and present an algorithm for computing them that terminates for all known inputs due to a novel “extended occurs check”. We conjecture this algorithm to be
Manufacturing Datatypes
, 1999
"... This paper describes a general framework for designing purely functional datatypes that automatically satisfy given size or structural constraints. Using the framework we develop implementations of different matrix types (eg square matrices) and implementations of several tree types (eg Braun trees, ..."
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This paper describes a general framework for designing purely functional datatypes that automatically satisfy given size or structural constraints. Using the framework we develop implementations of different matrix types (eg square matrices) and implementations of several tree types (eg Braun trees, 23 trees). Consider, for instance, representing square n \Theta n matrices. The usual representation using lists of lists fails to meet the structural constraints: there is no way to ensure that the outer list and the inner lists have the same length. The main idea of our approach is to solve in a first step a related, but simpler problem, namely to generate the multiset of all square numbers. In order to describe this multiset we employ recursion equations involving finite multisets, multiset union, addition and multiplication lifted to multisets. In a second step we mechanically derive datatype definitions from these recursion equations which enforce the `squareness' constraint. The tra...