The free package

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Free monads are useful for many tree-like structures and domain specific languages.

If f is a Functor then the free Monad on f is the type of trees whose nodes are labeled with the constructors of f. The word "free" is used in the sense of "unrestricted" rather than "zero-cost": Free f makes no constraining assumptions beyond those given by f and the definition of Monad. As used here it is a standard term from the mathematical theory of adjoint functors.

Cofree comonads are dual to free monads. They provide convenient ways to talk about branching streams and rose-trees, and can be used to annotate syntax trees. The cofree comonad can be seen as a stream parameterized by a Functor that controls its branching factor.

More information on free monads, including examples, can be found in the following blog posts: http://comonad.com/reader/2008/monads-for-free/ http://comonad.com/reader/2011/free-monads-for-less/


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Dependencies base (>=4 && <4.8), bifunctors (==4.*), comonad (==4.*), distributive (>=0.2.1), mtl (>=2.0.1.0 && <2.2), prelude-extras (>=0.4 && <1), profunctors (==4.*), semigroupoids (==4.*), semigroups (>=0.8.3.1 && <1), template-haskell (>=2.7.0.0 && <3), transformers (>=0.2.0 && <0.4) [details]
License BSD3
Copyright Copyright (C) 2008-2013 Edward A. Kmett
Author Edward A. Kmett
Maintainer Edward A. Kmett <ekmett@gmail.com>
Stability provisional
Category Control, Monads
Home page http://github.com/ekmett/free/
Bug tracker http://github.com/ekmett/free/issues
Source repository head: git clone git://github.com/ekmett/free.git
Uploaded Sun Apr 20 00:30:56 UTC 2014 by EdwardKmett
Updated Tue Dec 2 10:55:14 UTC 2014 by HerbertValerioRiedel to revision 1
Distributions Arch:4.12.4, Debian:4.12.1, FreeBSD:4.12.1, LTSHaskell:4.12.4, NixOS:4.12.4, Stackage:4.12.4
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This package provides a common definitions for working with free monads, free applicatives, and cofree comonads in Haskell.

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-Edward Kmett