# Difference between revisions of "Kind"

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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kind_%28type_theory%29 Wikipedia] says, "In type theory, a '''kind''' is the type of a type constructor or, less commonly, the type of a higher-order type operator. A kind system is essentially a simply typed lambda calculus 'one level up,' endowed with a primitive type, denoted * and called 'type', which is the kind of any (monomorphic) data type." |
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kind_%28type_theory%29 Wikipedia] says, "In type theory, a '''kind''' is the type of a type constructor or, less commonly, the type of a higher-order type operator. A kind system is essentially a simply typed lambda calculus 'one level up,' endowed with a primitive type, denoted * and called 'type', which is the kind of any (monomorphic) data type." |
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− | Ordinary types have kind <TT>*</TT>. Type constructors have kind <TT>P -> Q</TT>, where <TT>P</TT> and <TT>Q</TT> are kinds. For instance: |
+ | Ordinary types, also called ''monotypes'' or ''nullary'' types have kind <TT>*</TT>. Type constructors have kind <TT>P -> Q</TT>, where <TT>P</TT> and <TT>Q</TT> are kinds. For instance: |

Int :: * |
Int :: * |

## Revision as of 18:50, 28 September 2017

Wikipedia says, "In type theory, a **kind** is the type of a type constructor or, less commonly, the type of a higher-order type operator. A kind system is essentially a simply typed lambda calculus 'one level up,' endowed with a primitive type, denoted * and called 'type', which is the kind of any (monomorphic) data type."

Ordinary types, also called *monotypes* or *nullary* types have kind `*`. Type constructors have kind `P -> Q`, where `P` and `Q` are kinds. For instance:

Int :: * Maybe :: * -> * Maybe Bool :: * a -> a :: * [] :: * -> * (->) :: * -> * -> *

In Haskell 98, `*` is the only **inhabited kind**, that is, all values have types of kind `*`. GHC introduces another inhabited kind, `#`, for unlifted types.

# See also

- GHC/Kinds
- Kinds on the GHC Commentary
- TypeType on the GHC Commentary
- Kinds ?, ??, # and (#)
- Pierce, Benjamin.
*Types and Programming Languages*.