Type Checking and Inference for Polymorphic and Existential Types

Nakazawa, K. and Tatsuta, M.

    This paper proves undecidability of type checking and type inference problems in some variants of typed lambda calculi with polymorphic and existential types. First, type inference in the domain-free polymorphic lambda calculus is proved to be undecidable, and then it is proved that type inference is undecidable in the negation, conjunction, and existence fragment of the domain-free typed lambda calculus. Secondly, their variants with multiple quantifier rules are introduced, and their type checking and type inference are proved to be undecidable. Finally, it is proved that we can reduce undecidability of type checking and type inference problems in the Currystyle lambda calculus in negation, conjunction, and existential fragment to undecidability of those problems in another variant of the domain-free polymorphic lambda calculus.
Cite as: Nakazawa, K. and Tatsuta, M. (2009). Type Checking and Inference for Polymorphic and Existential Types. In Proc. Fifteenth Computing: The Australasian Theory Symposium (CATS 2009), Wellington, New Zealand. CRPIT, 94. Downey, R. and Manyem, P., Eds. ACS. 61-69.
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