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A function is a relation

- In a programming language a function is a way of specifying some processing which produces a value as a result.
- In Z a function is a data structure.
- The two views are not incompatable; the programming language view is just a restrictive form of the Z view and in both cases a function provides a result value given an input value or values.

A function in C

int addTwo(int arg) Example of usage

{ y = addTwo(7);

return (arg+2);

}

addTwo()

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Argument

- A function is a special case of a relation in which there is at most one value in the range for each value in the domain. A function with a finite domain is also known as a mapping. Note in diagram no diverging lines from left to right.

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- In Z a function f from type X to type Y is declared as
- f: X Y ‘the function f, from X to Y’
- Is equilanent to relation f: X Ywith the restriction that for each x in the domain of f, f relates x to at most one y;

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Is equilanent to relation f: X Ywith the restriction that for each x in the domain of f, f relates x to at most one y;

- Which can be stated formally as:
- x dom f 1y:Y xfy

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Examples of functions

- The relation between persons and their identity numbers
- identityNo: PERSON
- is a function if there is a rule that a person may only have one identity number . In that case it could be declared as:
- identityNo: PERSON
- There would probably also be a rule that only one identity number may be associated with any one person, but that is not indicated here.

Examples of functions

- A functions source and target can be the same:
- hasMother: PERSON PERSON
- any person can have only one mother and several people could have the same mother.

Function Application

- All the concepts which pertain to relations apply to functions.
- In addition a function may be applied.
- Since there will be at most only one value in the range for a given x it is possible to designate that value directly.
- The value of fapplied to x is the value in the range of function of the function f corresponding to the value of x in its domain.

Function Application

- The application is undefined if the value of x is not in the domain of f.
- It is important to check that the value of x is in the domain of the function f before attempting to apply f to x.
- The application of the function to the value x (the argument) is written: fx or f(x)

Function Application

- We can check the applicability of f by writing:
- x domf
- fx = y
- These predicates must be true if f(x) = y is a function.

Partial and Total Functions

- The identyNo function is a partial function there may be values in the sources that are not in the domain (some people may have no identity number).
- A total function is one where there is a is a value for every possible value of x, so fx is always defined. It is written
- f: X Y
- Because:
- domf = X (or source)
- function application can always be used with a total function. Note no ‘bar’ on total function arrow.

Examples of Total Functions

- The function age, from PERSON to natural number, is total since every person has an age:
- age: PERSON
- The function hasMother, is total since every person has one mother (including a mother!):
- hasMother : PERSON PERSON

Formal Partial and Total functions

- The set of Partial Functions from X to Y:
X Y

=={f:X Y | ( x:X | xdom f (1 y:Y xfy)) f}

- The set of Total Functions from X to Y:
X Y

=={f:X Y | (dom f =X f}

Other Classes of Functions: injective functions (one-to-one)

- An injection or (injective function) is a function which maps different values of the source on to different values of the target, e.g. f: X Y
- The inverse relation of an injective function f from X to Y , f~, is itself an injective function from, from Y to X.
- f~Y X
- An injective function may be partial f: X Y or total f: X Y . The functions identityNo and MonogamousMarriage areinjective.

The function f: X Yis injective (or one-to-one) because each element in Y has one arrow pointing to it. A injective can be partial, f: X Y, or total f: X Y ;

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partial, f: X Y =={f:X Y | f~ Y X f} (has inverse)

or total f: X Y=={f:X Y | dom f = X f}

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The function f: X Yis surjective (or onto) because range of is all of Y. The range is the whole of the target. A surjective can be partial, f: X Y, or total f: X Y ;

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partial f: X Y == {f:X Y | ran f = Y f}

or total f: X Y == {f:X Y | dom f = X }

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The function f: X Yis a total function that is both injective (one-to-one) and surjective (or onto) is called a bijective function, ;

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The function f: X Yis a total function that is both injective (one-to-one) and surjective (or onto) is called a bijective function, f: X Y == (X Y) (X Y);

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Some examples, range on the left domain on the right

A function is called a bijection , if it is onto and one-to-one. A bijective function has an inverse

Function Application

A function f from X to Y is a relation from X to Y having the

properties:

1. The domain of f is in X.

2. If (x,y), (x,y’) f, then y=y’ (no fan out from domain).

A total function from X to Y is denoted f: X Y.

Example Function

Given

SIDE ::= left | right

the function

driveON COUNTRY SIDE side of the road vehicles drive on

is a surjection, because the range includes all the values of the type SIDE. It would usually be considered total because driveOn should be defined in all countries.

driveON COUNTRY SIDE

What is a Hash Function?

- A hash function takes a data item to be stored or retrieved (say to/from disk) and computes the first choice for a storage location for the item. For example assume StudentNumber is the key field of a student record, and one record is stored on one disk block. To store or retrieve the record for student number n in a choice of 11 disk locations numbered 0 to 10 we might use the hash function.
- h(n) = n mod 11

Describe the steps needed to store a record for student number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using h(n) = n mod 11

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Steps to store 257 using h(n)=n mod 11 into locations 0-10

1. Calculate h(257) giving 4.

2. Note location is already occupied, a collision has occurred.

3. Search for next free space , with 0 assumed to follow 10.

4. If no free space then array is full, otherwise store 257 in next free space

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Hash Function Collision, Search Criterion number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

- A collision occurs if h(x) = h(y), for x y
- A collision resolution policy is required. One simply approach is to find the next unoccupied cell.
- The search criterion must be an equality condition on a single field. Not suited to range searches (e.g. Find StudentNumber < 123)
- Range: StudentNumber 1…. 99,999,999.

Hash Function Collision number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

- h(x) does not guarantee that distinct key values will hash to distinct disk address .
- The domain may be much larger than the range If that is the case some keys will map onto the same disk address.

Hash Function Collision number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

- The hash function maps the hash field space to the disk address space. It is usually a partial surjective function
- HashFieldSpace DiskAddressSpace.
- What are the implications of the hash function being a total function?

Hash Function Collision number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

- Problem if the the hash function is total i.e. defined for all elements in the domain. Many collisions
- h(n) = n mod 3

Disk Block space =3

Key Space = 6

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Hash Function Collision number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

- Also important is the selection of keys from the key space.
- Will they be random or clustered?

What properties should the function possess? number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

- If the domain is greater than the range it is should a partial surjective function.
- surjective: The range is the whole of the target, all the disk addresses could be used.
- partial there may be values in the sources that are not in the domain, not all keys will be used .
HashFieldSpace DiskAddressSpace

Is hash efficient? number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

- If collisions occur infrequently and if when one does occur it is resolved quickly, then hashing provides a very fast method for storing and retrieving data. As an example, personnel data are frequently stored and retrieved by hashing on employee identification number.
- The hash function h should distribute the records uniformly over the storage locations; otherwise, search time will be increased because many collisions occur.

Functions and Hash Functions number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

- When a hash function is used, the following conditions could hold:
#source > #target and #domain < #source and #range=#target .

- Where source is all possible record keys and target is actual disk blocks available. The domain is actual records keys and the range is the actual disk blocks available.
- What are the implications of a hash function being a total function?
- What are the implications of a hash function being an invective function?
- What are the implications of a hash function being a bijective function?
- In general what are the desirable properties that a hash function should possess?

Functions and Hash Functions number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

- When a hash function is used, the following conditions could hold:
#source > #target and #domain < #source and #range=#target .

- Where source is all possible record keys and target is actual disk blocks available. The domain is actual records keys and the range is the actual disk blocks available.
- What are the implications of the hash function being a total function?
- It is not stated wheather the #domain>#range if it is the problem is many collisions occur when the hash function is total i.e. defined for all elements in the domain.

Functions and Hash Functions number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

- When a hash function is used, the following conditions could hold:
#source > #target and #domain < #source and #range=#target .

- Where source is all possible record keys and target is actual disk blocks available. The domain is actual records keys and the range is the actual disk blocks available.
- What are the implications of a hash function being a invective function?
- One to one, an element in the domain will have a corresponding unique element in the range:- no collisions. But some source elements may not be mapped into the the range.

Functions and Hash Functions number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

- When a hash function is used, the following conditions could hold:
#source > #target and #domain < #source and #range=#target .

- What are the implications of a hash function being a bijective function?
- The property of having an inverse is not normally of interest as we are usually working from domain (HashFieldSpace) to the range(DiskAddressSpace).

Exercise 1 number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

- A system records the booking of hotel rooms on one night. Given base types:
- [ROOM] set of all rooms in hotel
- [PERSON] set of all possible persons
- the state of the hotel’s bookings can be represented by the following schema:

Exercise 1 number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

Hotel___

bookedTo: ROOM PERSON

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(a) Explain why bookedTo is a function.

(b) Explain why bookedTo is partial.

Exercise 1 Answer number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

Hotel___

bookedTo: ROOM PERSON

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(a) Explain why bookedTo is a function.

- bookedTo is a function since it maps rooms to persons and for any given room(domain) at most one person (range) can book it. A person can book any number of rooms.

Exercise 1 Answer number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

Hotel___

bookedTo: ROOM PERSON

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(b) Explain why bookedTo is partial.

The function is partial since not all rooms have been booked.

Exercise 2 number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

Given:

Init___

Hotel’

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bookedTo =

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Exercise 2 number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

Given, first version of accept booking operation:

AcceptBooking0___

Hotel

p?:PERSON

r?: ROOM

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r? dom bookedTo

bookedTo’ = bookedTo {r? p?}

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Explain the meaning of each line

Exercise 2 Answer number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

AcceptBooking0_ (schema name)

Hotel (incorporates Hotel and its variables)

p?:PERSON ( person input variable)

r?: ROOM ( room input variable)

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r? dom bookedTo ( room not booked)

bookedTo’ = bookedTo {r? p?}

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( the maplet relating the room to the person is included in the new value of the function bookedTo)

Exercise 3 number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

Write a schema cancelBooking0 which cancels a booking for a given person and a given room. It should deal with error conditions in a similar manner as AcceptBooking0

Exercise 3 Answer (a) number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

CancelBooking0_

Hotel

p?:PERSON

r?: ROOM

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{r? p?} dom bookedTo

bookedTo’ = bookedTo \ {r? p?}

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Explain the meaning of each line

Exercise 3 Answer (b) number 257 using in locations disk 0-10 using

CancelBooking0_ (schema name)

Hotel (incorporates Hotel and its variables)

p?:PERSON ( person input variable)

r?: ROOM ( room input variable)

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{r? p?} dom bookedTo ( room is booked)

bookedTo’ = bookedTo \ {r? p?}

_________________

( the maplet relating the room to the person is removed from the new value of the function bookedTo)

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