[Haskell-cafe] Re: deconstruction of the list/backtracking
apfelmus at quantentunnel.de
Mon Mar 24 11:36:05 EDT 2008
(Sorry for the late reply)
Conal Elliott wrote:
> Is there a known deconstruction of the list/backtracking applicative functor
> (AF)? If I decompose the list type into pieces (Maybe, product,
> composition), I think I can see where the ZipList AF comes from, but not the
> list/backtracking AF.
So, you mean that the strange thing about the list monad is that the
"natural" applicative structure for [a] is derived from the "composition"
[a] ~ Maybe (a, Maybe (a, ...)) ~ Maybe `O` (a,) `O` Maybe `O`
(a,) `O` ...
? Well, this is not quite true since the applicativity you're seeking is
in the extra argument a , not in the argument of the composition. In
fact, this infinite composition doesn't have an argument (that's the
whole point of taking the fixed point). In other words, every chain like
Maybe `O` (a,) `O` Maybe `O` (a,)
Maybe `O` (a,) `O` Maybe `O` (a,) `O` Maybe `O` (a,)
etc. is an applicative functor in its argument, but not necessarily in
a . So, there is more to the "natural" ZipList AF than Maybe, product
> Is there some construction simpler than lists
> (non-recursive) that introduces cross products?
What do you mean with "cross products" here? Something with
sequence :: Applicative f => [f a] -> f [a]
being the cartesian product for the list monad? Or simpler
pure (,) :: Applicative f => (f a, f b) -> f (a,b)
somehow "crossing" the "elements" of f a and f b ?
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