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# Tag Archives: types

## Subtracting natural numbers: types and usability

For several years now I have been working on a functional teaching language for discrete mathematics, called Disco. It has a strong static type system, subtyping, equirecursive algebraic types, built-in property-based testing, and mathematically-inspired syntax. If you want to know … Continue reading

## Types for top-level definitions

I’ve come up with idea for a type system for first-class (global) definitions, which can serve as a very lightweight alternative to a proper module system. I’m posting it here in the hopes of getting some feedback and pointers to … Continue reading

## Implementing Hindley-Milner with the unification-fd library

For a current project, I needed to implement type inference for a Hindley-Milner-based type system. (More about that project in an upcoming post!) If you don’t know, Hindley-Milner is what you get when you add polymorphism to the simply typed … Continue reading

## Types versus sets in math and programming languages

For several years I have been designing and implementing a functional teaching language especially for use in the context of a Discrete Mathematics course. The idea is for students to be exposed to some functional and statically-typed programming early in … Continue reading

Posted in projects, teaching
Tagged foundations, language, math, pedagogy, programming, sets, types
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## Anafunctors

This is part four in a series of posts on avoiding the axiom of choice (part one, part two, part three). In my previous post, we considered the “Axiom of Protoequivalence”—that is, the statement that every fully faithful, essentially surjective … Continue reading

Posted in category theory, math, species
Tagged AC, anafunctor, axiom of choice, category, constructive, equivalence, functor, isomorphism, theory, types, unique
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## AC and equivalence of categories

This is part three in a series of posts on avoiding the axiom of choice (part one, part two). In my previous post, I explained one place where the axiom of choice often shows up in category theory, namely, when … Continue reading

Posted in category theory, math, species
Tagged AC, axiom of choice, category, constructive, equivalence, functor, isomorphism, theory, types, unique
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## Unique isomorphism and generalized “the”

This is part two in a series of posts on avoiding the axiom of choice; you can read part one here. In category theory, one is typically interested in specifying objects only up to unique isomorphism. In fact, definitions which … Continue reading

Posted in category theory, math, species
Tagged AC, axiom of choice, category, constructive, functor, isomorphism, theory, types, unique
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## Avoiding the axiom of choice, part I

I’m hard at work on my dissertation, and plan to get back to doing a bit of blogging based on stuff I’m writing and thinking about, as a way of forcing myself to explain things clearly and to potentially get … Continue reading

Posted in category theory, math, species
Tagged AC, axiom of choice, category, constructive, theory, types
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## Unordered tuples and type algebra

At Hac Phi a few weekends ago (which, by the way, was awesome), Dan Doel told me about a certain curiosity in type algebra, and we ended up working out a bunch more details together with Gershom Bazerman, Scott Walck, … Continue reading

## Typed type-level programming: status report

A few people have been bugging me (you know who you are ;-) about the current status of the project to allow automatic “lifting” of Haskell data constructors to the type level, to allow for typed type-level programming. I’ve written … Continue reading

Posted in haskell, projects
Tagged extension, GHC, hacking, lifting, progress, refactoring, types
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