Publications

Program Synthesis by Type-Guided Abstraction Refinement

Published in Principles of Programming Languages 2020, 2019

We consider the problem of type-directed component based synthesis where, given a set of (typed) components and a query type, the goal is to synthesize a term that inhabits the query. Classical approaches based on proof search in intuitionistic logics do not scale up to the standard libraries of modern languages, which span hundreds or thousands of components. Recent graph reachability based methods proposed for languages like Java do scale, but only apply to components over monomorphic data and functions: polymorphic data and functions infinitely explode the size of the graph that must be searched, rendering synthesis intractable. We introduce type-guided abstraction refinement (TYGAR), a new approach for scalable type-directed synthesis over polymorphic datatypes and components. Our key insight is that we can overcome the explosion by building a graph over abstract types which represent a potentially unbounded set of concrete types. We show how to use graph reachability to search for candidate terms over abstract types, and introduce a new algorithm that uses proofs of untypeability of ill-typed candidates to iteratively refine the abstraction until a well-typed result is found.

Recommended citation: Guo, Z. (2019). "Program Synthesis by Type-Guided Abstraction Refinement." POPL 2020. 1(1). http://michaelbjames.com/files/hoogle-plus.pdf