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- Simonpj 08:42, 19 April 2007 (UTC) Note from Simon
Constructor specialisation for Haskell programs
Here is the paper.
Brandon Moore: In the second paragraph of section 4, I think "the only question is whether the rewrite rule created in Step *3* is correct". I think the aside in section 4.3, middle of the right column on page 6 should say "(We have dropped some dead code here, although in practice that would not be done until the simplifier runs in Step 3)". Lower on the same page, it looks like the definition of f1 has an extra ')' in "(n - 1))".
I also had a few comments about the content :) About reboxing, it seems like you might be able to specialise, but also pass take the existing value as another argument, and arrange to use that argument instead of reboxing. Maybe it would be too hard to specialise the body that way, I doubt just simplifying a beta-redex would do it (but it does sound a bit like as-patterns). For related work, I wonder if flow-analysis is relevant.
- Simonpj 08:54, 19 April 2007 (UTC) Yes, you could do that, but in the example in Section 6.1 showing that "this is too conservative", it'd be bad to pass the boxed version as well. It'd end up as an unused argument, and some subequent transformation would then have to get rid of it.