## Type Inference Verified: Algorithm W in Isabelle/HOL (1997)

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@MISC{Naraschewski97typeinference,

author = {Wolfgang Naraschewski and Tobias Nipkow},

title = {Type Inference Verified: Algorithm W in Isabelle/HOL},

year = {1997}

}

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This paper presents the first machine-checked verification of Milner's type inference algorithm W for computing the most general type of an untyped -term enriched with let-expressions. This term language is the core of most typed functional programming languages and is also known as Mini-ML. We show how to model all the concepts involved, in particular types and type schemes, substitutions, and the thorny issue of "new" variables. Only a few key proofs are discussed in detail. The theories and proofs are developed in Isabelle/HOL, the HOL instantiation of the generic theorem prover Isabelle.

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Citation Context ... has a most general type. The computation of the most general type is called type inference. It was first studied by Hindley [10] in the context of combinatory logic and later independently by Milner =-=[12]-=- for Mini-ML. Milner's type inference algorithm is known as algorithm W. Damas [4, 5] proved the completeness of W. This paper presents the first machine-checked proof of correctness and completeness ... |

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Citation Context ...nference. It was first studied by Hindley [10] in the context of combinatory logic and later independently by Milner [12] for Mini-ML. Milner's type inference algorithm is known as algorithm W. Damas =-=[4, 5]-=- proved the completeness of W. This paper presents the first machine-checked proof of correctness and completeness of W . It is an extension of the work by Nazareth and Nipkow [14], who treated the mo... |

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Citation Context ...ion of Higher Order Logic and is very close to Gordon's HOL system [8]. In the remainder of the paper HOL is short for Isabelle/HOL. A detailed introduction to Isabelle and HOL can be found elsewhere =-=[18]-=-. Logical expressions are written as usually, except for the fact that we use two different implications (=), )) and equalities (j, =). This distinction stems ? Research supported by Esprit WG TYPES a... |

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Citation Context ...s. One of the key properties of Mini-ML is that every well-typed expression has a most general type. The computation of the most general type is called type inference. It was first studied by Hindley =-=[10]-=- in the context of combinatory logic and later independently by Milner [12] for Mini-ML. Milner's type inference algorithm is known as algorithm W. Damas [4, 5] proved the completeness of W. This pape... |

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Citation Context ...nference. It was first studied by Hindley [10] in the context of combinatory logic and later independently by Milner [12] for Mini-ML. Milner's type inference algorithm is known as algorithm W. Damas =-=[4, 5]-=- proved the completeness of W. This paper presents the first machine-checked proof of correctness and completeness of W . It is an extension of the work by Nazareth and Nipkow [14], who treated the mo... |

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Citation Context ...ntiated with different object logics. One particularly well-developed instantiation is Isabelle/HOL, which supports Church's formulation of Higher Order Logic and is very close to Gordon's HOL system =-=[8]-=-. In the remainder of the paper HOL is short for Isabelle/HOL. A detailed introduction to Isabelle and HOL can be found elsewhere [18]. Logical expressions are written as usually, except for the fact ... |

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Citation Context ...iced) still incomplete informal proof of a type inference algorithm for Haskell's type classes. 2. a verified Mini-ML compiler. We are aware of two formal proofs of the back end of a Mini-ML compiler =-=[9, 1]-=-, unfortunately conducted in different systems (Elf and Coq). The time is ripe to combine these individual efforts. How does our proof compare to Damas'? 1. Despite the fact that we consulted his proo... |

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Citation Context ...es: sch's(sch::type scheme) j 8t. t !j sch' \Gamma! t !j sch Both !j andsare pronounced "is a generic instance of". The key property ofsis preservation under substitutions: sch'ssch =) $S sc=-=h's$S sch (2)-=- This proposition looks simple enough but its proof eluded us until we consulted Damas [5, Prop. 10, p. 51], where this very lemma is proved. Damas uses an alternative characterization of sch'ssch: sc... |

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Citation Context ... indicate their complexity. If we do not state any complexity the proof is almost automatic. That means, it is either solved by rewriting or by the "classical reasoner", fast tac in Isabelle=-= parlance [19]-=-. The latter provides a reasonable degree of automation for predicate calculus proofs. Note, however, that its success depends on the right selection of lemmas supplied as parameters. 3 Types, type va... |

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Citation Context ...o pass the set of already used type variables as an argument to W , add all new variables generated during the execution to this set, and return the enlarged set upon successful termination (see e.g. =-=[16]-=-). Because our type variables are natural numbers and thus ordered linearly, it suffices to pass W a counter instead of a set of variables and to increment the counter every time a new variable is nee... |

10 | Formal Verification of Algorithm W: The Monomorphic case
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Citation Context ...lgorithm W. Damas [4, 5] proved the completeness of W. This paper presents the first machine-checked proof of correctness and completeness of W . It is an extension of the work by Nazareth and Nipkow =-=[14]-=-, who treated the monomorphic case (no let-expressions). A partial verification of W in the proof checker Coq is reported by Dubois and M'enissier-Morain [7]. Our paper provides the definition of (due... |

9 | Verifying the Unification Algorithm in LCF
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Citation Context ...hosen to formalize substitutions as ordinary functions: types subst = nat ) typ This is not just in contrast to the informal literature, but also to other formal verifications involving substitutions =-=[17, 7]-=-, which use association lists. The two reasons for our choice are: 1. We believe that functions are easier to handle than association lists. 2. We wanted to find out if the restriction to finite funct... |

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2 |
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Citation Context ...iced) still incomplete informal proof of a type inference algorithm for Haskell's type classes. 2. a verified Mini-ML compiler. We are aware of two formal proofs of the back end of a Mini-ML compiler =-=[9, 1]-=-, unfortunately conducted in different systems (Elf and Coq). The time is ripe to combine these individual efforts. How does our proof compare to Damas'? 1. Despite the fact that we consulted his proo... |

2 |
A proved type inference tool for ML: Damas-Milner within Coq (work in progress
- Dubois, M'enissier-Morain
- 1996
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Citation Context ...ension of the work by Nazareth and Nipkow [14], who treated the monomorphic case (no let-expressions). A partial verification of W in the proof checker Coq is reported by Dubois and M'enissier-Morain =-=[7]-=-. Our paper provides the definition of (due to lack of space: almost) all concepts, the key lemmas, but almost no proofs. The complete development is accessible via http://www4.informatik.tu-muenchen.... |