Adding Plural Arguments to Curry Programs

by Michael Hanus

Technical Communications of the 29th International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP 2013), Theory and Practice of Logic Programming 13 (4-5-Online-Supplement), 2013

Functional logic languages combine lazy (demand-driven) evaluation strategies from functional programming with non-deterministic computations from logic programming. To provide a strategy-independent semantics, most languages are based on the call-time choice semantics where parameters are passed as values. From an implementation point of view, the call-time choice semantics fits well with sharing performed by lazy languages. On the other hand, there are also situations where it is intended to pass non-deterministic arguments as sets of values in order to exploit the power of non-deterministic programming. This alternative parameter passing model is known under the name "plural" arguments. In this paper, we show how both mechanisms can be integrated in a single language. In particular, we present a novel technique to implement plural arguments in a call-time choice language so that existing implementations of contemporary functional logic languages can be easily re-used to implement plural parameter passing.

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