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Functional programming is a programming paradigm which primarily uses functions as means for building abstractions and expressing computations that comprise a computer program.

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Delayed “let” in SICP

In section 3.5.4 , i saw this block: ...
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Set theory pertaining to category theory and functional programming

I'm reading an unfinished Introduction to Category Theory/Products and Coproducts of Sets and have come across the following: A power set of a set is the set of all its subsets. A script 'P' is used ...
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What are advantages of “streaming” syntax in functional languages with for-yielding like Scala?

In Scala we can print list val nums = (1 to 10).toList with both ...
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Example on Referential transparency (wikipedia)

I have a rather foolish question on an example explaining the idea behind Referential transparency Here is given an example i not understand: Consider a function that returns the input from some ...
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Is there a functional programming language with inherent change propagation?

Change propagation in programming environments is an add-on at the framework level such as React. There was a lot of work on dataflow virtual machines in the wake of Backus's Turing Award Lecture on ...
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Is mutual inductive type definition essential in coq core language?

I'm studying Coq's core language and I found that mutual inductive type definition is in it. https://coq.inria.fr/refman/language/core/inductive.html#theory-of-inductive-definitions Before I read the ...
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Plain-language example of how a functional style makes parallel programming easier

I read a few "function >> imperative/OOP" articles because I heard there was a move in imperative OOP languages toward a functional style of coding, especially encouraging pure ...
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What is name of type “ Function->Value->Bool = if (Bool) Function (Value) ” in Category theory?

I am very new to functional programming so sorry if the question is stupid. Having this function ...
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Is there a uniform way of giving for any mathematical formula a hypercomputer that computes it?

Some mathematical formulas directly suggest an algorithm for computing it (even if sometimes an inefficient one). For example, if we recursively define $\sum_{i=1}^nx_i=x_n+\sum_{i=1}^{n-1}x_i$, then ...
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Regarding Backus' Commentary on von Neumann-style Programming

in John Backus' 1978 FP paper "Can Programming Be Liberated from the von Neumann Style" he says To help assemble the overall result from single words [von Neumann ie. conventional mutation-...
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Meaning of Free (Arbitrary Abstract Algebra Term)

I'm currently learning abstract algebra and the word free appears (free monoid, free vector space) throughout different literatures. Is there a general (and simple) definition of the word (and ...
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Curry–Howard correspondence and functional programming “reliability”

The first time I heard about functional programming, someone told me "it's more reliable to code in a functional style because your type system is like a proof of correctness". I recently ...
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Should I use Dr. Racket for learning Scheme?

I've been fiddling with software development for a couple of years and in trying to get into the gist of things I came across SICP, which uses Scheme. Basically what I want to do at this stage is to ...
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Can a lambda expression be beta-equal to beta-normal forms?

Given a Lambda Expression Term T can it be beta-equal to two different Lambda Terms T1 and T2, both T1 and T2 are in beta-normal form?
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Computation equivalence of functional and procedural programming

I'm really interested in the idea of functional programming, it seems like a very modular way of doings things. I've seen some suggestion that functional programming is just as powerful as procedural ...
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Show that term cons works by showing all beta reductions

I'm new to functional programming. So the terms cons appends an element to the front of the list. Where cons ≜ λx:λl:λc:λn: c x (l c n). How should I go about proving that cons works correctly using ...
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Constraint based analysis: understanding the program $[[ \text{fn} \ x => [x]^1]^2 [ \text{fn} \ y => [y]^3]^4]^5$

I am currently studying the textbook Principles of Program Analysis by Flemming Nielson, Hanne R. Nielson, and Chris Hankin. Chapter 1.4 Constraint Based Analysis says the following: 1.4 Constraint ...
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The word “algebra” in category theory

I am currently learning category theory and a saying that I see a lot is that X is the algebra of something (e.g. Monoid is an algebra of something). Can someone explain to me what that means? Thanks!
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Is well-founded recursion enough for practical total functional programming?

Total functional programming is a paradigm of non-Turing-complete programming languages where any program that type checks is proven to halt. Well-founded recursion is a recursive definition of a ...
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How to prove that the Church encoding, forall r. (F r -> r) -> r, gives an initial algebra of the functor F?

The well-known Church encoding of natural numbers can be generalized to use an arbitrary (covariant) functor F. The result is the type, call it ...
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Loop optimization of non-tail recursion

When researching how to optimize recursion into loops, I came upon (on Wikipedia) a general rule about this: Whenever a function is in form: ...
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What are the implications of Homotopy Type Theory?

I've recently come across the topic of homotopy type theory and I'm interested to learn more. I have a very limited background in type theory. Can anyone tell me, in functional programming terms or ...
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Is there difference between a function in mathematics to a function in computer science?

I never learned a lot of mathematics (generally only arithmetic) and never learned computer science in a formal frame. I emphasize that I don't mean to ask about a "function" in programming (...
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Normalization-by-evaluation for untyped lambda calculus which results in 𝛽𝜂-normal form

Usual NbE algorithms for untyped lambda calculus, which use (P)HOAS to embed terms to a host language constructs, results in a beta-normal form of a terms. Is there algorithms to (efficiently) exploit ...
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Can we think of a non-symmetric product type in Haskell?

Meta note: I asked this question here a while ago. It got an answer: type a /\!! b = (a, ((b -> Void) -> Void)) Unfortunately, I do not reckon it to be ...
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For every imperative function, is there a functional counterpart with identical performance or even instructions?

Currently, I haven't learned about a functional language that can achieve the same performance as C/C++. And I have learned that some languages that favor functional programming to imperative ...
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What is the category theory interpretation of higher order abstract syntax?

Suppose you have a simple sort of lambda calculus abstract syntax tree. The fine details don't really matter. ...
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Repeating functions in functional programming?

Functional programming is said to be superior in many ways to imperitive programming. But I am struggling to find a simple functional way of writing: ...
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N-dimensional generalization of map and reduce?

Is there any conceptual generalization of higher-order functions like map and reduce but for N-dimensional objects (e.g. arrays or tensors)? For mapping, I guess it would be a point-wise ...
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Can lists be defined in a special way so that they contain things of different type?

In https://www.seas.harvard.edu/courses/cs152/2019sp/lectures/lec18-monads.pdf it is written that A type $\tau$ list is the type of lists with elements of type $\tau$ Why must a list contain ...
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Creating a large tuple from smaller tuples via a monad or applicative

Suppose I have a term $a :\alpha$ of the Simply-Typed Lambda Calculus (in the following, $\alpha, \beta, \gamma$ stand for arbitrary types) and I want to lift it to a term $\lambda x_{\beta}. \;(x, \, ...
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The meaning and relevance of the locution ''no terminating implementation'' in type theory

In the context of a discussion of Haskell https://stackoverflow.com/questions/62509788/the-intuition-behind-the-definition-of-the-co-reader-monad, I was told that There is no terminating ...
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Lambda Calculus Conversion

How can I take a Haskell data type or function (eg fold, list, String, zip) and convert or translate it to a lambda calculus abstraction? Example: If sum computes a sum of all elements in a list, and :...
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A monad is just a monoid in the category of endofunctors, what's the enlightenment?

Pardon the word play. I'm a little confused about the implication of the claim and hence the question. Background: I ventured into Category Theory to understand the theoretical underpinnings of ...
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What's the meaning of linguistics?

In the programming language theory world, there are two important terminologies, i.e syntax, and semantics. I can understand these two terminologies: syntax is about sentence's structure (e.g. a valid ...
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Functional Programming and Category Theory

I'm a math Ph.D. having done research in Algebraic Geometry and Algebraic Topology in grad school for my thesis and I've studied a fair amount of category theory in the process (e.g. having worked ...
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Is there a known way to make an efficient, compact, and fully persistent stack or queue?

In the world of mutable/ephemeral data structures and imperative programming languages, one of the classic ways to implement a stack or queue is to use array doubling: use mutation to fill up or empty ...
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Organizing a “speedback”

Speedback is the merging of speed-dating with feedback: a 2 min. 1-on-1 talk with all members of a group of people. I'm in a team and I want to plan the ideal speedback setup: all team members have ...
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Uncurrying and Polymorphism

How do we uncurry functions when they are polymorphic? For example, is it possible to uncurry the following types? If so what is the uncurried type? $\forall X. X \rightarrow int \rightarrow X$ ? $...
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Pattern matching on function application

Suppose we have a function f :: a -> b and a function g :: b -> a such that f . g = id....
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Why is the second operation of a Monad called bind?

I understand how monadic computation works, I am just wondering where does the name come from. I cannot relate the thing that the bind operator actually does (i.e. ...
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Compiling an impure language into a pure stack-based language

For a personal learning and fun project, I build an abstract virtual machine based on a stack. The instructions are simple and act on the top of the stack only. There are also stack operators such as <...
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Reducing Kleene's predecessor for Church numerals

I am trying to "reinvent" Kleene's predecessor myself. The following code snippet should be self-explanatory. The idea is to make a 2-tuple and count up from zero, i.e. ...
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What kind of Grammar could this be

I am trying to sort Grammar into the Chomsky Hierarchy and I can do so for most of my examples but I am stumped by the following one: bX -> abY which Type of ...
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lambda calculus beta reductions: ((((lambda f (lambda x ((f x) f))) (lambda y (lambda g (g (* y y))))) 2) (lambda a a))

My question is in continuation to lambda calculus reduction: (((lambda f (lambda x (f x))) (lambda y (* y y))) 12) given the input: ...
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Lambda Expression Reduction

I am unable to solve the following lambda expression using both normal order (Call-by-name) and applicative order (Call-by-value) reduction. I keep getting different answers for both. This is the ...
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generic way to convert imperative if-then-else statements into functional style?

In this question, I asked about a reference for translating imperative code to functional code. I want to ask a more specific question here. How, in general, do we translate into functional style, a ...
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resource on translating imperative programs to functional programs

I'm not asking this question for the purpose of any particular project. Rather, I'm trying to understand how to translate non-trivial programs in imperative style to functional style. By functional ...
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Converting a function with single parameter to a function with multiple parameters

I have been solving some algorithm questions recently and a pattern I have observed in some problems is as follows: Given a string or a list, do an aggregation operation on each of its elements. Here ...

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