discriminated union

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discriminated union definition

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The discriminated union of two sets A and B is
A + B = (inA, a) | a in A U (inB, b)| b in B
where inA and inB are arbitrary tags which specify which summand an element originates from.
A type (especially an algebraic data type) might be described as a discriminated union if it is a sum type whose objects consist of a tag to say which part of the union they belong to and a value of the corresponding type.
(1995-04-25)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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