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B.: Higher-order dynamic pattern unification for dependent types and records

By Andreas Abel and Brigitte Pientka


Abstract. While higher-order pattern unification for the λ Π-calculus is decidable and unique unifiers exists, we face several challenges in practice: 1) the pattern fragment itself is too restrictive for many applications; this is typically addressed by solving sub-problems which satisfy the pattern restriction eagerly but delay solving sub-problems which are non-patterns until we have accumulated more information. This leads to a dynamic pattern unification algorithm. 2) Many systems implement λ ΠΣ calculus and hence the known pattern unification algorithms for λ Π are too restrictive. In this paper, we present a constraint-based unification algorithm for λ ΠΣ-calculus which solves a richer class of patterns than currently possible; in particular it takes into account type isomorphisms to translate unification problems containing Σ-types into problems only involving Π-types. We prove correctness of our algorithm and discuss its application.

Publisher: Springer
Year: 2011
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