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From: Wolfgang Lux <wlux_at_uni-muenster.de>

Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2007 12:55:40 +0100

Hi Sergio!

*> My fault. I should have explained it better. Sorry if this
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*> message is long. First I change a bit your program to work only
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*> with algebraic types, the usual integers are not defined by a
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*> finite data declaration (but Brassel et al. showed that they could
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*> be "declared").
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*>
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*> t = let x free in (f x ? g x)
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*> f True = success
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*> g False = success
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*>
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*> I also assume that both f and g are flexible or narrow their
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*> argument.
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*>
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*> Let (a/x) denote the substitution that maps x to a. t(True/x)
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*> evaluates to success and so t(False/x). A complete strategy
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*> evaluates t to success with computer answer (True/x) and likewise
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*> (False/x).
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*>
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*> t has 3 narrexes (4 steps). I think you disagreed with this
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*> statement in the past, but I insist.
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I disagreed with that statement only because I was presupposing

an outermost reduction strategy.

*> 1. t -> let x free in f x
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*> 2. t -> let x free in g x
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*> 3. t -> success ? g (True ? False)
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*> 4. t -> f (True ? False) ? success
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*>
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*> In the narrowing step, I bound the free variable x to (True ?
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*> False) rather than only True or only False, because variables may
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*> be shared (indeed x is shared in this case).
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And this is the point I do not understand. In 3. you have chosen

to narrow the narrex (f x), which means that x is instantiated to

True. So if x is shared (as you admit), then the only possible

reduction is

3. t -> success ? g True

and likewise for 4. By using an independent and unconstrained

generator (True ? False) for the variable x in (g x) you break

the sharing.

*> [...]
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*> Now, here comes the twist.
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*>
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*>
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*> Suppose that g is rigid or residuates on its argument. What are
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*> the intended results of t? If t is equal to
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*>
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*> (let x free in f x) ? (let x free in g x)
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*>
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*> the the only result is success with (True/x). Then the
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*> independence of the order of evaluation argued above is lost. The
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*> derivations starting with steps 1 and 2 give the intended meaning,
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*> step 4 is never computed, which is OK, but step 3 gives a wrong
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*> result.
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But this can happen only if you break the sharing in 3. But then

you should not replace the variable by a generator in the first

place (after all, g is rigid in this variant).

Regards

Wolfgang

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Received on Fr Nov 09 2007 - 13:59:06 CET

Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2007 12:55:40 +0100

Hi Sergio!

I disagreed with that statement only because I was presupposing

an outermost reduction strategy.

And this is the point I do not understand. In 3. you have chosen

to narrow the narrex (f x), which means that x is instantiated to

True. So if x is shared (as you admit), then the only possible

reduction is

3. t -> success ? g True

and likewise for 4. By using an independent and unconstrained

generator (True ? False) for the variable x in (g x) you break

the sharing.

But this can happen only if you break the sharing in 3. But then

you should not replace the variable by a generator in the first

place (after all, g is rigid in this variant).

Regards

Wolfgang

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