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Principal type inference for GHC-style multi-parameter type classes. (English) Zbl 1168.68367
Kobayashi, Naoki (ed.), Programming languages and systems. 4th Asian symposium, APLAS 2006, Sydney, Australia, November 8–10, 2006. Proceedings. Berlin: Springer (ISBN 978-3-540-48937-5/pbk). Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4279, 26-43 (2006).
Summary: We observe that the combination of multi-parameter type classes with existential types and type annotations leads to a loss of principal types and undecidability of type inference. This may be a surprising fact for users of these popular features. We conduct a concise investigation of the problem and are able to give a type inference procedure which, if successful, computes principal types under the conditions imposed by the Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC). Our results provide new insights on how to perform type inference for advanced type extensions.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 1133.68007].

MSC:
68N30 Mathematical aspects of software engineering (specification, verification, metrics, requirements, etc.)
68N18 Functional programming and lambda calculus
Software:
GHC; Haskell
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