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De Bruijn notation as a nested datatype
 Journal of Functional Programming
, 1999
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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
Faking It: Simulating Dependent Types in Haskell
, 2001
"... Dependent types reflect the fact that validity of data is often a relative notion by allowing prior data to affect the types of subsequent data. Not only does this make for a precise type system, but also a highly generic one: both the type and the program for each instance of a family of operations ..."
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Dependent types reflect the fact that validity of data is often a relative notion by allowing prior data to affect the types of subsequent data. Not only does this make for a precise type system, but also a highly generic one: both the type and the program for each instance of a family of operations can be computed from the data which codes for that instance. Recent experimental extensions to the Haskell type class mechanism give us strong tools to relativize types to other types. We may simulate some aspects of dependent typing by making counterfeit typelevel copies of data, with type constructors simulating data constructors and type classes simulating datatypes. This paper gives examples of the technique and discusses its potential. 1
Dealing with Large Bananas
 UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
, 2000
"... Many problems call for a mixture of generic and specific programming techniques. We propose a polytypic programming approach based on generalised (monadic) folds where a separation is made between basic fold algebras that model generic behaviour and updates on these algebras that model specific beh ..."
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Many problems call for a mixture of generic and specific programming techniques. We propose a polytypic programming approach based on generalised (monadic) folds where a separation is made between basic fold algebras that model generic behaviour and updates on these algebras that model specific behaviour. We identify particular basic algebras as well as some algebra combinators, and we show how these facilitate structured programming with updatable fold algebras. This blend of genericity and specificity allows programming with folds to scale up to applications involving large systems of mutually recursive datatypes. Finally, we address the possibility of providing generic definitions for the functions, algebras, and combinators that we propose.
Foundations for structured programming with GADTs
 Conference record of the ACM SIGPLANSIGACT Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages
, 2008
"... GADTs are at the cutting edge of functional programming and become more widely used every day. Nevertheless, the semantic foundations underlying GADTs are not well understood. In this paper we solve this problem by showing that the standard theory of data types as carriers of initial algebras of fun ..."
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GADTs are at the cutting edge of functional programming and become more widely used every day. Nevertheless, the semantic foundations underlying GADTs are not well understood. In this paper we solve this problem by showing that the standard theory of data types as carriers of initial algebras of functors can be extended from algebraic and nested data types to GADTs. We then use this observation to derive an initial algebra semantics for GADTs, thus ensuring that all of the accumulated knowledge about initial algebras can be brought to bear on them. Next, we use our initial algebra semantics for GADTs to derive expressive and principled tools — analogous to the wellknown and widelyused ones for algebraic and nested data types — for reasoning about, programming with, and improving the performance of programs involving, GADTs; we christen such a collection of tools for a GADT an initial algebra package. Along the way, we give a constructive demonstration that every GADT can be reduced to one which uses only the equality GADT and existential quantification. Although other such reductions exist in the literature, ours is entirely local, is independent of any particular syntactic presentation of GADTs, and can be implemented in the host language, rather than existing solely as a metatheoretical artifact. The main technical ideas underlying our approach are (i) to modify the notion of a higherorder functor so that GADTs can be seen as carriers of initial algebras of higherorder functors, and (ii) to use left Kan extensions to trade arbitrary GADTs for simplerbutequivalent ones for which initial algebra semantics can be derived.
Polytypic Functions Over Nested Datatypes
 Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science
, 1999
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Monotone Inductive and Coinductive Constructors of Rank 2
 Proceedings of CSL 2001
, 2001
"... A generalization of positive inductive and coinductive types to monotone inductive and coinductive constructors of rank 1 and rank 2 is described. The motivation is taken from initial algebras and nal coalgebras in a functor category and the CurryHowardcorrespondence. The denition of the system as ..."
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A generalization of positive inductive and coinductive types to monotone inductive and coinductive constructors of rank 1 and rank 2 is described. The motivation is taken from initial algebras and nal coalgebras in a functor category and the CurryHowardcorrespondence. The denition of the system as a calculus requires an appropriate denition of monotonicity to overcome subtle problems, most notably to ensure that the (co)inductive constructors introduced via monotonicity of the underlying constructor of rank 2 are also monotone as constructors of rank 1. The problem is solved, strong normalization shown, and the notion proven to be wide enough to cover even highly complex datatypes. 1
(Co)iteration for higherorder nested datatypes
 POSTCONF. PROC. OF IST WG TYPES 2ND ANN. MEETING, TYPES'02, LECT. NOTES IN COMPUT. SCI
, 2003
"... The problem of defining iteration for higherorder nested datatypes of arbitrary (finite) rank is solved within the framework of System F ω of higherorder parametric polymorphism. The proposed solution heavily relies on a general notion of monotonicity as opposed to a syntactic criterion on the sh ..."
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The problem of defining iteration for higherorder nested datatypes of arbitrary (finite) rank is solved within the framework of System F ω of higherorder parametric polymorphism. The proposed solution heavily relies on a general notion of monotonicity as opposed to a syntactic criterion on the shape of the type constructors such as positivity or even being polynomial. Its use is demonstrated for some rank2 heterogeneous/nested datatypes such as powerlists and de Bruijn terms with explicit substitutions. An important feature is the availability of an iterative definition of the mapping operation (the functoriality) for those rank1 type transformers (i. e., functions from types to types) arising as least fixedpoints of monotone rank2 type transformers. Strong normalization is shown by an embedding into F ω. The results dualize to greatest fixedpoints, hence to coinductive constructors with coiteration.
Generalized Iteration and Coiteration for HigherOrder Nested Datatypes
 PROC. OF FOSSACS 2003
, 2003
"... We solve the problem of extending Bird and Paterson's generalized folds for nested datatypes and its dual to inductive and coinductive constructors of arbitrarily high ranks by appropriately generalizing Mendlerstyle (co)iteration. Characteristically to Mendlerstyle schemes of disciplined (co ..."
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We solve the problem of extending Bird and Paterson's generalized folds for nested datatypes and its dual to inductive and coinductive constructors of arbitrarily high ranks by appropriately generalizing Mendlerstyle (co)iteration. Characteristically to Mendlerstyle schemes of disciplined (co)recursion, the schemes we propose do not rest on notions like positivity or monotonicity of a constructor and facilitate programming in a natural and elegant style close to programming with the customary letrec construct, where the typings of the schemes, however, guarantee termination. For rank 2, a smoothened version of Bird and Paterson's generalized folds and its dual are achieved; for rank 1, the schemes instantiate to Mendler's original (re)formulation of iteration and coiteration. Several examples demonstrate the power of the approach. Strong normalization of our proposed extension of system F of higherorder parametric polymorphism is proven by a reductionpreserving embedding into pure F .
Numerical Representations as HigherOrder Nested Datatypes
, 1998
"... Number systems serve admirably as templates for container types: a container object of size n is modelled after the representation of the number n and operations on container objects are modelled after their numbertheoretic counterparts. Binomial queues are probably the first data structure that wa ..."
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Number systems serve admirably as templates for container types: a container object of size n is modelled after the representation of the number n and operations on container objects are modelled after their numbertheoretic counterparts. Binomial queues are probably the first data structure that was designed with this analogy in mind. In this paper we show how to express these socalled numerical representations as higherorder nested datatypes. A nested datatype allows to capture the structural invariants of a numerical representation, so that the violation of an invariant can be detected at compiletime. We develop a programming method which allows to adapt algorithms to the new representation in a mostly straightforward manner. The framework is employed to implement three different container types: binary randomaccess lists, binomial queues, and 23 finger search trees. The latter data structure, which is treated in some depth, can be seen as the main innovation from a datastruct...