Journal article

Monadic constraint programming

Tom Schrijvers, Peter Stuckey, Philip Wadler

JOURNAL OF FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2009

Abstract

A constraint programming system combines two essential components: a constraint solver and a search engine. The constraint solver reasons about satisfiability of conjunctions of constraints, and the search engine controls the search for solutions by iteratively exploring a disjunctive search tree defined by the constraint program. In this paper we give a monadic definition of constraint programming in which the solver is defined as a monad threaded through the monadic search tree. We are then able to define search and search strategies as first-class objects that can themselves be built or extended by composable search transformers. Search transformers give a powerful and unifying approach t..

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