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Functional Programming with Overloading and HigherOrder Polymorphism
, 1995
"... The Hindley/Milner type system has been widely adopted as a basis for statically typed functional languages. One of the main reasons for this is that it provides an elegant compromise between flexibility, allowing a single value to be used in different ways, and practicality, freeing the progr ..."
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The Hindley/Milner type system has been widely adopted as a basis for statically typed functional languages. One of the main reasons for this is that it provides an elegant compromise between flexibility, allowing a single value to be used in different ways, and practicality, freeing the programmer from the need to supply explicit type information. Focusing on practical applications rather than implementation or theoretical details, these notes examine a range of extensions that provide more flexible type systems while retaining many of the properties that have made the original Hindley/Milner system so popular. The topics discussed, some old, but most quite recent, include higherorder polymorphism and type and constructor class overloading. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of these features to promote modularity and reusability.
The UnderAppreciated Unfold
 In Proceedings of the Third ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming
, 1998
"... Folds are appreciated by functional programmers. Their dual, unfolds, are not new, but they are not nearly as well appreciated. We believe they deserve better. To illustrate, we present (indeed, we calculate) a number of algorithms for computing the breadthfirst traversal of a tree. We specify brea ..."
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Folds are appreciated by functional programmers. Their dual, unfolds, are not new, but they are not nearly as well appreciated. We believe they deserve better. To illustrate, we present (indeed, we calculate) a number of algorithms for computing the breadthfirst traversal of a tree. We specify breadthfirst traversal in terms of levelorder traversal, which we characterize first as a fold. The presentation as a fold is simple, but it is inefficient, and removing the inefficiency makes it no longer a fold. We calculate a characterization as an unfold from the characterization as a fold; this unfold is equally clear, but more efficient. We also calculate a characterization of breadthfirst traversal directly as an unfold; this turns out to be the `standard' queuebased algorithm.
Beating the Productivity Checker Using Embedded Languages
"... Abstract. Some total languages, like Agda and Coq, allow the use of guarded corecursion to construct infinite values and proofs. Guarded corecursion is a form of recursion in which arbitrary recursive calls are allowed, as long as they are guarded by a coinductive constructor. Guardedness ensures th ..."
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Abstract. Some total languages, like Agda and Coq, allow the use of guarded corecursion to construct infinite values and proofs. Guarded corecursion is a form of recursion in which arbitrary recursive calls are allowed, as long as they are guarded by a coinductive constructor. Guardedness ensures that programs are productive, i.e. that every finite prefix of an infinite value can be computed in finite time. However, many productive programs are not guarded, and it can be nontrivial to put them in guarded form. This paper gives a method for turning a productive program into a guarded program. The method amounts to defining a problemspecific language as a data type, writing the program in the problemspecific language, and writing a guarded interpreter for this language. 1
Parallelization of DivideandConquer in the BirdMeertens Formalism
, 1995
"... . An SPMD parallel implementation schema for divideandconquer specifications is proposed and derived by formal refinement (transformation) of the specification. The specification is in the form of a mutually recursive functional definition. In a first phase, a parallel functional program schema is ..."
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. An SPMD parallel implementation schema for divideandconquer specifications is proposed and derived by formal refinement (transformation) of the specification. The specification is in the form of a mutually recursive functional definition. In a first phase, a parallel functional program schema is constructed which consists of a communication tree and a functional program that is shared by all nodes of the tree. The fact that this phase proceeds by semanticspreserving transformations in the BirdMeertens formalism of higherorder functions guarantees the correctness of the resulting functional implementation. A second phase yields an imperative distributed messagepassing implementation of this schema. The derivation process is illustrated with an example: a twodimensional numerical integration algorithm. 1. Introduction One of the main problems in exploiting modern multiprocessor systems is how to develop correct and efficient programs for them. We address this problem using the ap...
Theory and Applications of Inverting Functions as Folds
"... This paper is devoted to the proof, applications, and generalisation of a theorem, due to Bird and de Moor, that gave conditions under which a total function can be expressed as a relational fold. The theorem is illustrated with three problems, all dealing with constructing trees with various proper ..."
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This paper is devoted to the proof, applications, and generalisation of a theorem, due to Bird and de Moor, that gave conditions under which a total function can be expressed as a relational fold. The theorem is illustrated with three problems, all dealing with constructing trees with various properties. It is then generalised to give conditions under which the inverse of a partial function can be expressed as a relational hylomorphism. The proof makes use of Doornbos and Backhouse's theory on wellfoundedness and reductivity. Possible applications of the generalised theorem is then discussed.
Wellfounded Recursion with Copatterns A Unified Approach to Termination and Productivity
, 2013
"... In this paper, we study strong normalization of a core language based on System Fomega which supports programming with finite and infinite structures. Building on our prior work, finite data such as finite lists and trees are defined via constructors and manipulated via pattern matching, while infi ..."
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In this paper, we study strong normalization of a core language based on System Fomega which supports programming with finite and infinite structures. Building on our prior work, finite data such as finite lists and trees are defined via constructors and manipulated via pattern matching, while infinite data such as streams and infinite trees is defined by observations and synthesized via copattern matching. In this work, we take a typebased approach to strong normalization by tracking size information about finite and infinite data in the type. This guarantees compositionality. More importantly, the duality of pattern and copatterns provide a unifying semantic concept which allows us for the first time to elegantly and uniformly support both wellfounded induction and coinduction by mere rewriting. The strong normalization proof is structured around Girard’s reducibility candidates. As such our system allows for nondeterminism and does not rely on coverage. Since System Fomega is general enough that it can be the target of compilation for the Calculus of Constructions, this work is a significant step towards representing observationcentric infinite data in proof assistants such as Coq and Agda.
Strictification of Circular Programs ∗
"... Circular functional programs (necessarily evaluated lazily) have been used as algorithmic tools, as attribute grammar implementations, and as target for program transformation techniques. Classically, Richard Bird [1984] showed how to transform certain multitraversal programs (which could be evaluat ..."
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Circular functional programs (necessarily evaluated lazily) have been used as algorithmic tools, as attribute grammar implementations, and as target for program transformation techniques. Classically, Richard Bird [1984] showed how to transform certain multitraversal programs (which could be evaluated strictly or lazily) into onetraversal ones using circular bindings. Can we go the other way, even for programs that are not in the image of his technique? That is the question we pursue in this paper. We develop an approach that on the one hand lets us deal with typical examples corresponding to attribute grammars, but on the other hand also helps to derive new algorithms for problems not previously in reach.