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Functional Programming Basics

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Functional Programming Basics

Correctness > Clarity > Efficiency

L1FP

- Function Definition
- Equations ; Recursion
- Higher-order functions

- Choices : parameter passing

- Types
- Strong typing, Polymorphism, ADTs.

- Garbage Collection

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- Imperative programs
- Description of WHAT is to be computed is inter-twined with HOW it is to be computed.
- The latter involves organization of data and the sequencing of instructions.

- Functional Programs
- Separates WHAT from HOW.
- The former is programmer’s responsibility; the latter is interpreter’s/compiler’s responsibility.

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- Functional Style
- Value to be computed: a + b + c

- Imperative Style
- Recipe for computing the value
- Intermediate Code
- T := a + b; T := T + c;
- T := b + c; T := a + T;

- Accumulator Machine
- Load a; Add b; Add c;

- Stack Machine
- Push a; Push b; Add; Push c; Add;

- Intermediate Code

- Recipe for computing the value

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fun gcd(m,n) =

if m=0 then n

else gcd(n mod m, m);

function gcd(m,n: int) : int;

var pm:int;

begin while m<>0 do

begin

pm := m; m := n mod m; n := pm

end;

return n

end;

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(define (factorial n)

(define (iter prod counter)

(if (> counter n) prod

(iter (* counter prod)

(+ counter 1) ) ))

(iter 1 1)

)

L1FP

(define (factorial n)

(let ((prod 1)(counter 1))

(define (iter)

(if (> counter n) prod

(begin

(set! prod (* counter prod))

(set! counter (+ 1 counter))

(iter))

))

))

L1FP

- A function ffrom domain A to co-domain B, denoted f : A -> B, is a map that associates with every element a in A, a unique element b in B, denoted f(a).
- Cf. Relation, multi-valued function, partial function, …
- In mathematics, the term “function” usually refers to a total function; in computer science, the term “function” usually refers to a partial function.

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- Intensional : Rule of calculation
fun double n = 2 * n;

fun double n = n + n;

- Extensional : Behavioral (Table)
- Equality:
f = giff for all x: f(x) = g(x)

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fun double x = x + x;

double ( 3 * 2)

double(6) (3*2) + (3*2) (3*2) + o

6 + 6 6 + (3 * 2) 6 + o

Applicative-Order Normal-Order Lazy

(call by value) (call by name) (call by need)

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In functional style, a variable stands for an arbitrary value, and is used to abbreviate an infinite collection of equations.

0 + 0 = 0

0 + 1 = 1

…

for all x : 0 + x = x

In imperative style, a variable is a location that can hold a value, and which can be changed through an assignment.

x := x + 1;

Functional variable can be viewed as assign-only- once imperative variable.

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- The only thing that matters about an expression is its value, and any sub-expression can be replaced by any other expression equal in value.
- The value of an expression is independent of its position only provided we remain within the scopes of the definitions which apply to the names occurring in the expression.

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let x = 5 in

x + let x = 4 in x + x;

val y = 2; val y = 6;

var x : int;

begin

x := x + 2; x := x + 1;

end;

address of x value stored in location for x

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(x=2) /\ (x+y>2) (2+y>2)

vs

fun f (x : int) : int ;

begin y := y + 1;

return ( x + y)

end;

(y=0) /\ (z=0) /\ (f(y)=f(z))

= false

(y=0) /\ (z=0) /\ (f(z)=f(z))

=/= (y=0) /\ (z=0) /\ (f(z)=1)

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- Common sub-expression elimination is an “incorrect optimization” without referential transparency.
- In functional style:
E + E =let x = E in x + x

- In imperative style:
return (x++ + x++)

=/=

y := x++; return (y + y)

- In functional style:
- Parallel evaluation of sub-expressions possible with referential transparency.

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- A function is strict if it returns well-defined results only when the inputs are well-defined.
- E.g., In C, “+” and “*” are strict, while “&&” and “||” are not.
- E.g., In Ada, “and” and “or” are strict, while “and then” and “or else” are not.
- E.g., constant functions are non-strict if called by name, but are strict if called by value.

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- Convenient to code symbolic computations and list processing applications.
- Automatic storage management
- Improves program reliability.
- Enhances programmer productivity.

- Facilitates code reuse.

L1FP

Programming Languages

Imperative

Functional

Logic

C, Pascal

Prolog

Dynamically Typed

(Meta-programming)

Statically Typed

(Type Inference/Reliable)

LISP, Scheme

Lazy Eval /

Pure

Eager Eval

/ Impure

Haskell

SML

L1FP