stable-memo: Memoization based on argument identity

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Whereas most memo combinators memoize based on equality, stable-memo does it based on whether the exact same argument has been passed to the function before (that is, is the same argument in memory).

For motivation, here is an implementation of map that preserves sharing of the spine for cyclic lists. It should even be safe to use this on arbitrarily long, acyclic lists since as long as the garbage collector is chasing you, the size of the memo table should stay under control, too.

map :: (a -> b) -> [a] -> [b]
map f = go
  where go = memo map'
        map' []     = []
        map' (x:xs) = f x : go xs

This library is largely based on the implementation of memo found in "Stretching the storage manager: weak pointers and stable names in Haskell", from Simon Peyton Jones, Simon Marlow, and Conal Elliott (

Versions [faq] 0.1.1, 0.1.2, 0.1.3, 0.2.0, 0.2.1, 0.2.2, 0.2.3, 0.2.4, 0.3.0, 0.3.1
Dependencies base (>=4.6 && <5), ghc-prim (>=0.3 && <0.6), hashtables (>=1.0 && <1.3) [details]
License MIT
Author Jake McArthur <>
Maintainer Jake McArthur <>
Revised Revision 1 made by JakeMcArthur at 2017-04-02T15:47:59Z
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