Parameterised notions of computation

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Robert Atkey. Parameterised notions of computation. Journal of Functional Programming 19(3 & 4), 335-376. 2009.
DOI: 10.1017/S095679680900728X


Moggi's Computational Monads and Power et al's equivalent notion of Freyd category have captured a large range of computational effects present in programming languages. Examples include non-termination, non-determinism, exceptions, continuations, side-effects and input/output. We present generalisations of both computational monads and Freyd categories, which we call parameterised monads and parameterised Freyd categories, that also capture computational effects with parameters. Examples of such are composable continuations, side-effects where the type of the state varies and input/output where the range of inputs and outputs varies. By also considering structured parameterisation, we extend the range of effects to cover separated side-effects and multiple independent streams of I/O. We also present two typed λ-calculi that soundly and completely model our categorical definitions --- with and without symmetric monoidal parameterisation --- and act as prototypical languages with parameterised effects.

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This is a revised and expanded version of the MSFP 2006 workshop version.