Published on Mon Jun 09 2014

Monad Transformers for Backtracking Search

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This paper extends Escardo and Oliva's selection monad to the selection monad transformer, a general monadic framework for expressing backtracking search algorithms in Haskell. The use of the closely related continuation monad transformer for similar purposes is also discussed, including an implementation of a DPLL-like SAT solver with no explicit recursion. Continuing a line of work exploring connections between selection functions and game theory, we use the selection monad transformer with the nondeterminism monad to obtain an intuitive notion of backward induction for a certain class of nondeterministic games.