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Principal type inference for GHC-style multi-parameter type classes

Martin Sulzmann, Tom Schrijvers, Peter J Stuckey, N Kobayashi (ed.)

PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES AND SYSTEMS, PROCEEDINGS | SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN | Published : 2006

Abstract

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 axe 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. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006.