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A Generic Algorithm for Checking Exhaustivity of Pattern Matching

Algebraic data types and pattern matching are key features of functional programming languages. Exhaustivity checking of pattern matching is a safety belt that defends against unmatched exceptions at runtime and boosts type safety. However, the presence of language features like inheritance, typecase, traits, GADTs, path-dependent types and union types makes the checking difficult and the algorithm complex. In this paper we propose a generic algorithm that decouples the checking algorithm from specific type theories. The decoupling makes the algorithm simple and enables easy customization for specific type systems.

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