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Generalised Folds for Nested Datatypes
 Formal Aspects of Computing
, 1999
"... Nested datatypes generalise regular datatypes in much the same way that contextfree languages generalise regular ones. Although the categorical semantics of nested types turns out to be similar to the regular case, the fold functions are more limited because they can only describe natural transform ..."
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Nested datatypes generalise regular datatypes in much the same way that contextfree languages generalise regular ones. Although the categorical semantics of nested types turns out to be similar to the regular case, the fold functions are more limited because they can only describe natural transformations. Practical considerations therefore dictate the introduction of a generalised fold function in which this limitation can be overcome. In the paper we show how to construct generalised folds systematically for each nested datatype, and show that they possess a uniqueness property analogous to that of ordinary folds. As a consequence, generalised folds satisfy fusion properties similar to those developed for regular datatypes. Such properties form the core of an effective calculational theory of inductive datatypes.
Generalizing Generalized Tries
, 1999
"... A trie is a search tree scheme that employs the structure of search keys to organize information. Tries were originally devised as a means to represent a collection of records indexed by strings over a fixed alphabet. Based on work by C.P. Wadsworth and others, R.H. Connelly and F.L. Morris generali ..."
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A trie is a search tree scheme that employs the structure of search keys to organize information. Tries were originally devised as a means to represent a collection of records indexed by strings over a fixed alphabet. Based on work by C.P. Wadsworth and others, R.H. Connelly and F.L. Morris generalized the concept to permit indexing by elements of an arbitrary monomorphic datatype. Here we go one step further and define tries and operations on tries generically for arbitrary firstorder polymorphic datatypes. The derivation is based on techniques recently developed in the context of polytypic programming. It is well known that for the implementation of generalized tries nested datatypes and polymorphic recursion are needed. Implementing tries for polymorphic datatypes places even greater demands on the type system: it requires rank2 type signatures and higherorder polymorphic nested datatypes. Despite these requirements the definition of generalized tries for polymorphic datatypes is...
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.
From fast exponentiation to square matrices: an adventure in types
 Pages 28–35 of: ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP’99
, 1999
"... Square matrices serve as an interesting case study in functional programming. Common representations, such as lists of lists, are both inefficient—at least for access to individual elements—and errorprone, because the compiler cannot enforce “squareness”. Switching to a typical balancedtree repr ..."
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Square matrices serve as an interesting case study in functional programming. Common representations, such as lists of lists, are both inefficient—at least for access to individual elements—and errorprone, because the compiler cannot enforce “squareness”. Switching to a typical balancedtree representation solves the first problem, but not the second. We develop a representation that solves both problems: it offers logarithmic access to each individual element and it captures the shape invariants in the type, where they can be checked by the compiler. One interesting feature of our solution is that it translates the wellknown fast exponentiation algorithm to the level of types. Our implementation also provides a stress test for today’s advanced type systems— it uses nested types, polymorphic recursion, higherorder kinds, and rank2 polymorphism. 1
A constraintbased approach to guarded algebraic data types
 ACM Trans. Prog. Languages Systems
, 2007
"... We study HMG(X), an extension of the constraintbased type system HM(X) with deep pattern matching, polymorphic recursion, and guarded algebraic data types. Guarded algebraic data types subsume the concepts known in the literature as indexed types, guarded recursive datatype constructors, (firstcla ..."
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We study HMG(X), an extension of the constraintbased type system HM(X) with deep pattern matching, polymorphic recursion, and guarded algebraic data types. Guarded algebraic data types subsume the concepts known in the literature as indexed types, guarded recursive datatype constructors, (firstclass) phantom types, and equality qualified types, and are closely related to inductive types. Their characteristic property is to allow every branch of a case construct to be typechecked under different assumptions about the type variables in scope. We prove that HMG(X) is sound and that, provided recursive definitions carry a type annotation, type inference can be reduced to constraint solving. Constraint solving is decidable, at least for some instances of X, but prohibitively expensive. Effective type inference for guarded algebraic data types is left as an issue for future research.
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.
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...
Comparing Libraries for Generic Programming in Haskell
, 2008
"... Datatypegeneric programming is defining functions that depend on the structure, or “shape”, of datatypes. It has been around for more than 10 years, and a lot of progress has been made, in particular in the lazy functional programming language Haskell. There are more than 10 proposals for generic p ..."
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Datatypegeneric programming is defining functions that depend on the structure, or “shape”, of datatypes. It has been around for more than 10 years, and a lot of progress has been made, in particular in the lazy functional programming language Haskell. There are more than 10 proposals for generic programming libraries or language extensions for Haskell. To compare and characterize the many generic programming libraries in a typed functional language, we introduce a set of criteria and develop a generic programming benchmark: a set of characteristic examples testing various facets of datatypegeneric programming. We have implemented the benchmark for nine existing Haskell generic programming libraries and present the evaluation of the libraries. The comparison is useful for reaching a common standard for generic programming, but also for a programmer who has to choose a particular approach for datatypegeneric programming.
Comparing approaches to generic programming in Haskell
 ICS, Utrecht University
, 2006
"... Abstract. The last decade has seen a number of approaches to datatypegeneric programming: PolyP, Functorial ML, ‘Scrap Your Boilerplate’, Generic Haskell, ‘Generics for the Masses’, etc. The approaches vary in sophistication and target audience: some propose fullblown programming languages, some s ..."
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Abstract. The last decade has seen a number of approaches to datatypegeneric programming: PolyP, Functorial ML, ‘Scrap Your Boilerplate’, Generic Haskell, ‘Generics for the Masses’, etc. The approaches vary in sophistication and target audience: some propose fullblown programming languages, some suggest libraries, some can be seen as categorical programming methods. In these lecture notes we compare the various approaches to datatypegeneric programming in Haskell. We introduce each approach by means of example, and we evaluate it along different dimensions (expressivity, ease of use, etc). 1