Foundational Nonuniform (Co)datatypes in Higher-Order Logic

Jasmin Christian Blanchette, Fabian Meier, Andrei Popescu, Dmitriy Traytel


Nonuniform (or "nested" or "heterogeneous") datatypes are recursively defined types in which the type arguments vary recursively. They arise in the implementation of finger trees and other efficient functional data structures. We show how to reduce a large class of nonuniform datatypes and codatatypes to uniform types in higher-order logic. We programmed this reduction in the Isabelle/HOL proof assistant, thereby enriching its specification language. Moreover, we derive (co)induction and (co)recursion principles based on a weak variant of parametricity.

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