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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
Resource Usage Analysis
, 2002
"... program accesses resources in a valid manner. For example, a memory region that has been allocated should be eventually deallocated, and after the deallocation, the region should no longer be accessed. A file that has been opened should be eventually closed. So far, most of the methods to analyze th ..."
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program accesses resources in a valid manner. For example, a memory region that has been allocated should be eventually deallocated, and after the deallocation, the region should no longer be accessed. A file that has been opened should be eventually closed. So far, most of the methods to analyze this kind of property have been proposed in rather specific contexts (like studies of memory management and verification of usage of lock primitives), and it was not so clear what is the essence of those methods or how methods proposed for individual problems are related. To remedy this situation, we formalize a general problem of analyzing resource usage as a resource usage analysis problem, and propose a typebased method as a solution to the problem.
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.
Concrete Type Inference: Delivering ObjectOriented Applications
, 1995
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Type Error Slicing in Implicitly Typed HigherOrder Languages
, 2004
"... Previous methods have generally identified the location of a type error as a particular program point or the program subtree rooted at that point. We present a new approach that identifies the location of a type error as a set of program points (a slice) all of which are necessary for the type error ..."
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Previous methods have generally identified the location of a type error as a particular program point or the program subtree rooted at that point. We present a new approach that identifies the location of a type error as a set of program points (a slice) all of which are necessary for the type error. We identify the criteria of completeness and minimality for type error slices. We discuss the advantages of complete and minimal type error slices over previous methods of presenting type errors. We present and prove the correctness of algorithms for finding complete and minimal type error slices for implicitly typed higherorder languages like Standard ML.
Safety Analysis versus Type Inference
 INFORMATION AND COMPUTATION
, 1995
"... Safety analysis is an algorithm for determining if a term in an untyped lambda calculus with constants is safe, i.e., if it does not cause an error during evaluation. This ambition is also shared by algorithms for type inference. Safety analysis and type inference are based on rather different pe ..."
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Safety analysis is an algorithm for determining if a term in an untyped lambda calculus with constants is safe, i.e., if it does not cause an error during evaluation. This ambition is also shared by algorithms for type inference. Safety analysis and type inference are based on rather different perspectives, however. Safety analysis is global in that it can only analyze a complete program. In contrast, type inference is local in that it can analyze pieces of a program in isolation. In this paper we prove that safety analysis is sound , relative to both a strict and a lazy operational semantics. We also prove that safety analysis accepts strictly more safe lambda terms than does type inference for simple types. The latter result demonstrates that global program analyses can be more precise than local ones.
A General Framework for Hindley/Milner Type Systems with Constraints
, 2000
"... with constraints. The basic idea is to factor out the common core of previous extensions of the Hindley/Milner system. I present a Hindley/Milner system where the constraint part is a parameter. Speci c applications can be obtained by providing speci c constraint systems which capture the applicat ..."
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with constraints. The basic idea is to factor out the common core of previous extensions of the Hindley/Milner system. I present a Hindley/Milner system where the constraint part is a parameter. Speci c applications can be obtained by providing speci c constraint systems which capture the application in mind. For instance, the Hindley/Milner system can be recovered by instantiating the constraint part to the standard Herbrand constraint system. Type system instances of the general framework are sound if the underlying constraint system is sound. Furthermore, I give a generic type inference algorithm for the general framework, under sucient conditions on the speci c constraint system type inference yields principal types.
The complexity of type inference for higherorder typed lambda calculi
 In. Proc. 18th ACM Symposium on the Principles of Programming Languages
, 1991
"... We analyse the computational complexity of type inference for untyped X,terms in the secondorder polymorphic typed Xcalculus (F2) invented by Girard and Reynolds, as well as higherorder extensions F3,F4,...,/ ^ proposed by Girard. We prove that recognising the i^typable terms requires exponential ..."
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We analyse the computational complexity of type inference for untyped X,terms in the secondorder polymorphic typed Xcalculus (F2) invented by Girard and Reynolds, as well as higherorder extensions F3,F4,...,/ ^ proposed by Girard. We prove that recognising the i^typable terms requires exponential time, and for Fa the problem is nonelementary. We show as well a sequence of lower bounds on recognising the i^typable terms, where the bound for Fk+1 is exponentially larger than that for Fk. The lower bounds are based on generic simulation of Turing Machines, where computation is simulated at the expression and type level simultaneously. Nonaccepting computations are mapped to nonnormalising reduction sequences, and hence nontypable terms. The accepting computations are mapped to typable terms, where higherorder types encode reduction sequences, and firstorder types encode the entire computation as a circuit, based on a unification simulation of Boolean logic. A primary technical tool in this reduction is the composition of polymorphic functions having different domains and ranges. These results are the first nontrivial lower bounds on type inference for the Girard/Reynolds
Algorithmic Aspects of Type Inference With Subtypes
 In Conference Record of the Nineteenth Annual ACM Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages
, 1992
"... We study the complexity of type inference for programming languages with subtypes. There are three language variations that effect the problem: (i) basic functions may have polymorphic or more limited types, (ii) the subtype hierarchy may be fixed or vary as a result of subtype declarations within a ..."
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We study the complexity of type inference for programming languages with subtypes. There are three language variations that effect the problem: (i) basic functions may have polymorphic or more limited types, (ii) the subtype hierarchy may be fixed or vary as a result of subtype declarations within a program, and (iii) the subtype hierarchy may be an arbitrary partial order or may have a more restricted form, such as a tree or lattice. The naive algorithm for inferring a most general polymorphic type, under variable subtype hypotheses, requires deterministic exponential time. If we fix the subtype ordering, this upper bound grows to nondeterministic exponential time. We show that it is nphard to decide whether a lambda term has a type with respect to a fixed subtype hierarchy (involving only atomic type names). This lower bound applies to monomorphic or polymorphic languages. We give pspace upper bounds for deciding polymorphic typability if the subtype hierarchy has a lattice structur...