Higher-order unCurrying

John Hannan, Patrick Hicks

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We present a formal specification of unCurrying for a higher-order, functional language with ML-style let-polymorphism. This specification supports the general unCurrying of functions, even for functions which are passed as arguments or returned as values. The specification also supports partial unCurrying of any consecutive parameters of a function, rather than only unCurrying all of a function's parameters. We present the specification as a deductive system which axiomatizes a judgment relating a source term with an unCurried form of the term. We prove that this system relates only typable terms and that it is correct with respect to an operational semantics. We define a practical algorithm, based on algorithm W, which implements the unCurrying and prove this algorithm sound and complete with respect to the deductive system. This algorithm generates maximally unCurried forms of source terms. These results provide a declarative framework for reasoning about unCurrying and support a richer form of unCurrying than is currently found in compilers for functional languages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalConference Record of the Annual ACM Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 25th ACM SIGPLAN SIGACT Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 19 1998Jan 21 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software


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