Unified notions of generalised monads and applicative functors

Bracker, Jan (2018) Unified notions of generalised monads and applicative functors. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

Monads and applicative functors are staple design patterns to handle effects in pure functional programming, especially in Haskell with its built-in syntactic support. Over the last decade, however, practical needs and theoretical research have given rise to generalisations of monads and applicative functors. Examples are graded, indexed and constrained monads. The problem with these generalisations is that no unified representation of standard and generalised monads or applicatives exists in theory or practice. As a result, in Haskell, each generalisation has its own representation and library of functions. Hence, interoperability among the different notions is hampered and code is duplicated.

To solve the above issues, I first survey the three most wide-spread generalisations of monads and applicatives: their graded, indexed and constrained variations. I then examine two approaches to give them a unified representation in Haskell: polymonads and supermonads. Both approaches are embodied in plugins for the Haskell compiler GHC that address most of the identified concerns. Finally, I examine category theory and propose unifying categorical models that encompass the three discussed generalisations together with the standard notions of monad and applicative.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Nilsson, Henrik
Hutton, Graham
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Item ID: 55211
Depositing User: Bracker, Jan
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2018 12:57
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2018 13:00
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/55211

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