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Polytypic Pattern Matching
 In Conference Record of FPCA '95, SIGPLANSIGARCHWG2.8 Conference on Functional Programming Languages and Computer Architecture
, 1995
"... The (exact) pattern matching problem can be informally specified as follows: given a pattern and a text, find all occurrences of the pattern in the text. The pattern and the text may both be lists, or they may both be trees, or they may both be multidimensional arrays, etc. This paper describes a g ..."
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The (exact) pattern matching problem can be informally specified as follows: given a pattern and a text, find all occurrences of the pattern in the text. The pattern and the text may both be lists, or they may both be trees, or they may both be multidimensional arrays, etc. This paper describes a general patternmatching algorithm for all datatypes definable as an initial object in a category of F algebras, where F is a regular functor. This class of datatypes includes mutual recursive datatypes and lots of different kinds of trees. The algorithm is a generalisation of the Knuth, Morris, Pratt like patternmatching algorithm on trees first described by Hoffmann and O'Donnell. 1 Introduction Most editors provide a search function that takes a string of symbols and returns the first position in the text being edited at which this string of symbols occurs. The string of symbols is called a pattern, and the algorithm that detects the position at which a pattern occurs is called a (exa...