# Algebraic Data Type

Algebraic Data Type is an actively used design pattern. In computer programming, especially functional programming and type theory, an algebraic data type is a kind of composite type, i.e., a type formed by combining other types. Two common classes of algebraic types are product types (i.e., tuples and records) and sum types (i.e., tagged or disjoint unions, coproduct types or variant types).The values of a product type typically contain several values, called fields. All values of that type have the same combination of field types. Read more on Wikipedia...

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Languages **with** Algebraic Data Type include coconut, typescript

### Example from coconut:

data Empty() data Leaf(n) data Node(l, r) def size(Empty()) = 0 addpattern def size(Leaf(n)) = 1 addpattern def size(Node(l, r)) = size(l) + size(r)

### Example from typescript:

declare type numOrString = string | number

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