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Polytypic Values Possess Polykinded Types
, 2000
"... A polytypic value is one that is defined by induction on the structure of types. In Haskell the type structure is described by the socalled kind system, which distinguishes between manifest types like the type of integers and functions on types like the list type constructor. Previous approaches to ..."
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A polytypic value is one that is defined by induction on the structure of types. In Haskell the type structure is described by the socalled kind system, which distinguishes between manifest types like the type of integers and functions on types like the list type constructor. Previous approaches to polytypic programming were restricted in that they only allowed to parameterize values by types of one fixed kind. In this paper we show how to define values that are indexed by types of arbitrary kinds. It appears that these polytypic values possess types that are indexed by kinds. We present several examples that demonstrate that the additional exibility is useful in practice. One paradigmatic example is the mapping function, which describes the functorial action on arrows. A single polytypic definition yields mapping functions for datatypes of arbitrary kinds including first and higherorder functors. Polytypic values enjoy polytypic properties. Using kindindexed logical relations we prove...
Phantom Types
, 2003
"... Phantom types are data types with type constraints associated with dierent cases. Examples of phantom types include typed type representations and typed higherorder abstract syntax trees. These types can be used to support typed generic functions, dynamic typing, and staged compilation in highe ..."
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Phantom types are data types with type constraints associated with dierent cases. Examples of phantom types include typed type representations and typed higherorder abstract syntax trees. These types can be used to support typed generic functions, dynamic typing, and staged compilation in higherorder, statically typed languages such as Haskell or Standard ML. In our system, type constraints can be equations between type constructors as well as type functions of higherorder kinds. We prove type soundness and decidability for a Haskelllike language extended by phantom types.
Monadic Presentations of Lambda Terms Using Generalized Inductive Types
 In Computer Science Logic
, 1999
"... . We present a denition of untyped terms using a heterogeneous datatype, i.e. an inductively dened operator. This operator can be extended to a Kleisli triple, which is a concise way to verify the substitution laws for calculus. We also observe that repetitions in the denition of the monad as wel ..."
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. We present a denition of untyped terms using a heterogeneous datatype, i.e. an inductively dened operator. This operator can be extended to a Kleisli triple, which is a concise way to verify the substitution laws for calculus. We also observe that repetitions in the denition of the monad as well as in the proofs can be avoided by using wellfounded recursion and induction instead of structural induction. We extend the construction to the simply typed calculus using dependent types, and show that this is an instance of a generalization of Kleisli triples. The proofs for the untyped case have been checked using the LEGO system. Keywords. Type Theory, inductive types, calculus, category theory. 1 Introduction The metatheory of substitution for calculi is interesting maybe because it seems intuitively obvious but becomes quite intricate if we take a closer look. [Hue92] states seven formal properties of substitution which are then used to prove a general substitution theor...
A Lightweight Implementation of Generics and Dynamics
, 2002
"... The recent years have seen a number of proposals for extending statically typed languages by dynamics or generics. Most proposals  if not all  require significant extensions to the underlying language. In this paper we show that this need not be the case. We propose a particularly lightweight ..."
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The recent years have seen a number of proposals for extending statically typed languages by dynamics or generics. Most proposals  if not all  require significant extensions to the underlying language. In this paper we show that this need not be the case. We propose a particularly lightweight extension that supports both dynamics and generics. Furthermore, the two features are smoothly integrated: dynamic values, for instance, can be passed to generic functions. Our proposal makes do with a standard HindleyMilner type system augmented by existential types. Building upon these ideas we have implemented a small library that is readily usable both with Hugs and with the Glasgow Haskell compiler.
De Bruijn notation as a nested datatype
 Journal of Functional Programming
, 1999
"... “I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data.” ..."
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“I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data.”
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
Once Upon a Polymorphic Type
, 1998
"... We present a sound typebased `usage analysis' for a realistic lazy functional language. Accurate information on the usage of program subexpressions in a lazy functional language permits a compiler to perform a number of useful optimisations. However, existing analyses are either adhoc and approxim ..."
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We present a sound typebased `usage analysis' for a realistic lazy functional language. Accurate information on the usage of program subexpressions in a lazy functional language permits a compiler to perform a number of useful optimisations. However, existing analyses are either adhoc and approximate, or defined over restricted languages. Our work extends the Once Upon A Type system of Turner, Mossin, and Wadler (FPCA'95). Firstly, we add type polymorphism, an essential feature of typed functional programming languages. Secondly, we include general Haskellstyle userdefined algebraic data types. Thirdly, we explain and solve the `poisoning problem', which causes the earlier analysis to yield poor results. Interesting design choices turn up in each of these areas. Our analysis is sound with respect to a Launchburystyle operational semantics, and it is straightforward to implement. Good results have been obtained from a prototype implementation, and we are currently integrating the system into the Glasgow Haskell Compiler.
The derivative of a regular type is its type of onehole contexts (extended abstract), 2001. Unpublished manuscript, available via http://strictlypositive.org/diff.pdf. Conor McBride and Ross Paterson. Applicative programming with effects
"... Polymorphic regular types are treelike datatypes generated by polynomial type expressions over a set of free variables and closed under least fixed point. The ‘equality types ’ of Core ML can be expressed in this form. Given such a type expression with free, this paper shows a way to represent the ..."
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Polymorphic regular types are treelike datatypes generated by polynomial type expressions over a set of free variables and closed under least fixed point. The ‘equality types ’ of Core ML can be expressed in this form. Given such a type expression with free, this paper shows a way to represent the onehole contexts for elements of within elements of, together with an operation which will plug an element of into the hole of such a context. Onehole contexts are given as inhabitants of a regular type, computed generically from the syntactic structure of by a mechanism better known as partial differentiation. The relevant notion of containment is shown to be appropriately characterized in terms of derivatives and plugging in. The technology is then exploited to give the onehole contexts for subelements of recursive types in a manner similar to Huet’s ‘zippers’[Hue97]. 1
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.