[Haskell] Should the following program be accepted by ghc?
Derek Elkins
derek.a.elkins at gmail.com
Wed Jan 16 11:40:46 EST 2008
On Wed, 2008-01-16 at 09:18 +0000, J.N. Oliveira wrote:
> On Jan 16, 2008, at 2:08 AM, Bruno Oliveira wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > I have been playing with ghc6.8.1 and type families and the
> > following program is accepted without any type-checking error:
> >
> >> data a :=: b where
> >> Eq :: a :=: a
> >
> >> decomp :: f a :=: f b -> a :=: b
> >> decomp Eq = Eq
> >
> > However, I find this odd because if you interpret "f" as a function
> > and ":=:" as equality, then this is saying that
> >
> > if f a = f b then a = b
>
> This is saying that f is injective. So perhaps the standard
> interpretation leads implicitly to this class of functions.
Just like data constructors, type constructors are injective. f a
doesn't simplify and so essentially you have structural equality of the
type terms thus f a = f b is -equivalent- to a = b. Obviously type
functions change this, just like normal value functions do at the value
level.
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