[Haskell-cafe] type trickery

Adrian Neumann aneumann at inf.fu-berlin.de
Thu Dec 20 04:34:53 EST 2007

Hello haskell-cafe!

After making "data Number = Zero | Succ Number" an instance of  
Integral, I wondered how I could do the same with galois fields. So  
starting with Z mod p, I figured I'd need something like this

data GF = GF Integer Integer

so that each element of the finite field would remember p. However I  
can't think of a way to use the typesystem to ensure that p is always  
the same. I think that would need an infinite number of different  
types, but the type hackers here probably know something better.

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