A search for terms like
natural on hackage reveals
no shortage of libraries for handling the arithmetic of natural
numbers. How is this library any different some of the others? It has
a particular purpose: providing a foundation on top on which other
libraries may define types indexed by sizes. This uses GHC's
GHC.TypeNats.Nat. As a rule, this does not
unsafeCoerce internally anywhere.
Perhaps the most direct competitor to `natural-arithmetic` is a typechecker plugin like type-nat-solver. The big difference is that `type-nat-solver` can really only be used in application code, not in library code. This is because libraries should not require the presence of typechecker plugins. Technically, they can (you could document it), but many developers will not use libraries that have unusual install procedures like this.
This library, in places, requires users to use the
language extension. This is done when a number is only need at
the type level (without a runtime witness).
This library uses a non-minimal core, providing redundant primitives
Arithmetic.Lte. This is done in the interest
of making it easy for user to assemble proofs. Recall that proof
assembly is done by hand rather than by an SMT solver, so removing
some tediousness from this is helpful to users.
This library provides left and variants variants of several functions.
Arithmetic.Lte provides both
substituteR. This is only done when there are two variants of
a function. For substitution, this is the case because we have
`b = c, a ≤ b ==> a ≤ c` and `a = c, a ≤ b ==> c ≤ b`. So, we
for addition of inequalities, we have four possible variants:
`a ≤ b, c ≤ d ==> a + c ≤ b + d`, `a ≤ b, c ≤ d ==> c + a ≤ b + d`,
`a ≤ b, c ≤ d ==> a + c ≤ d + b`, `a ≤ b, c ≤ d ==> c + a ≤ d + b`.
Consequently, we only provide a single
plus function, and users
Arithmetic.Plus.commutative to further manipulate the
Here are the proof-manipulation vocabulary used by this library. Many of these terms are not standard, but we try to be consistent in this library:
Weaken: Increase an upper bound without changing the bounded value
Increment: Increase an upper bound along with the bounded value
Decrement: Decrease an upper bound along with the bounded value
Substitute: Replace a number with an equal number
Revision history for natural-arithmetic
0.1.2.0 – 2019-01-20
- Add strict variant of descend.
0.1.1.0 – 2019-11-22
0.1.0.0 – 2019-09-04
- Initial release.