|2.||To weigh in the mind; to view with deliberation; to examine carefully; to consider attentively.|
|v. i.||1.||To think; to deliberate; to muse; - usually followed by on or over.|
|Verb||1.||ponder - reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"|
|Ponder - A non-strict polymorphic, functional language by Jon
Ponder's type system is unusual. It is more powerful than the Hindley-Milner type system used by ML and Miranda and extended by Haskell. Ponder adds extra recursive 'mu' types to those of Girard's System F, allowing more general recursion. Surprisingly, the type system and type inference algorithm are still not completely understood.
["Ponder and its Type System", J. Fairbairn, TR 31, Cambridge U Computer Lab, Nov 1982].
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[J. Fairbairn, "Some Types with Inclusion Properties in \forall, \rightarrow, \mu", Technical Report No. 171, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Jun 1989].
[Valeria C. V. de Paiva, "Subtyping in Ponder (Preliminary Report)", Technical Report No. 203, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Aug 1990].