# Questions tagged [functional-programming]

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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### Do functional algorithms require more memory than imperative algorithms? [closed]

Let's suppose we are counting words in string. We split it so what we have is an array of strings. I'll use Python as an example. The imperative approach would as follows: ...
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In Haskell, the Monads type class has the bind operator, which is represented by the symbol >>= The type of such operator is: ...
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### Expressing semantics of an array as a function

An assignment questions asks the following: Consider an array 'var a : array[1..10] of real'. Express the semantics of this array as a function, defining the domain and codomain (you might ...
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### Proving parametricity for Gallina functions

I have the following definitions Definition nat'' {X : Type} := (X -> X) -> X -> X. Definition nat' := forall (X : Type), @nat'' X. And when I wanted to ...
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### How is this lamda function beeing executed in an example for the Y combinator

I have spent a few hours now trying to understand how the Y Combinator is working and how it allows us to construct recursive functions with higher order functions. I have been going through this ...
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### General term for map/fmap

The general term for folds is a catamorphism. The general term for unfold is an Anamorphism. Is there an equivalent term for map? I know that a map is a type of fold however restriction is ...
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### Proving monad laws for flatMap and unit, given laws for compose and unit

I'll use scala notation but hopefully things will make sense in general (I'm trying to prove that you can define a monad using either [flatMap (aka bind) and unit] or [compose and unit]) The book ...
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### Functional programming with branches that have no order?

I was wondering if there is any programming style in which the outcome does not depend on the order of statements or groups of statements such as guards. Vaguely, I imagine this would leave room for ...
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### Can we prove mathematical induction statements in Lisp?

My previous question Can we prove that $1 + 2 + \dots + n = \frac{n(n+1)}{2}$ using a computer program? has a problem that it tries to cover too much ground. Here is a related question motivated by ...
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### Lazy lists with call-by-value reduction strategy

I am currently writing lists with lazy semantics in the pure lambda-calculus with call-by-value reduction strategy. I tried to construct pleasant to use and relatively efficient "lazy" functions on ...
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### Why do we distinguish between term abstraction and type abstraction in System F?

In System F, we distinguish between types and terms. Types are defined by the following BNF: \begin{align} A, B ::=&~\alpha && \text{(type variable)} \\ &|~A \rightarrow B &...
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### Call by need compared to pass by function

SML uses pass‑by‑value, Haskell uses call‑by‑need. Unless I'm wrong (the purpose of this question), one can do call‑by‑need with SML, passing a function instead of a value; a function to be later ...
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### Using function composition to turn a function into point free one

In Tacit Programming page on wikipedia, it is stated that the point free version of p x y z = f (g x y) z is p = ((.) f) . g ...
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### Are the definitions of constructs in terms of lambda terms issues in implementation/design or uses of functional languages?

In Lambda Calculus, natural numbers, boolean values, list processing functions, recursion, if function are defined in terms of lambda terms. For example, natural numbers are defined as Church numerals,...
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### Is purely functional programming in some situations less efficient than imperative programming?

I am used to implementing algorithms in imperative languages. Many of the algorithms I have implemented use hash maps, hash sets, mutable arrays, heaps, doubly linked lists, etc. I understand that ...
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### Can we implement every algorithm using only immutable variables?

Can we implement every algorithm using only immutable variables such that their space and time complexity is the same as using mutable variables?
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### Lambda Calculus Type Inference

I'm currently trying to learn how to infer most general types on lambda calculus, and due to the lack of information on the subject I could find on Google I'm forced to attempt what I think is logical ...
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### Occurrences notation in “Compiling Pattern Matching to Good Decision Trees”

From Compiling Pattern Matching to Good Decision Trees (Luc Maranget, Proceedings of ML '08, pp. 35–46. ACM, 2008.) We also consider the usual occurrences. Occurrences are sequences ...
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### Second order function formalization

I need to work on a optimizer for a language whose operator are second order functions. They are the well known ones filter, map, reduce, fold, foreach etc. etc. I need to formalize as much as ...
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### Functional Programming and Parallelism

I have an option to learn a new language for parallel computing. As a parallel programmer what are the reasons one might want to invest time to learn functional programming for parallel computing?
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### What is the name of this combinator?

I've recently started casually reading into combinatorial logic, and I noticed that a higher-order function that I regularly use is a combinator. This combinator is actually pretty useful (you can use ...
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### How does the function to curry and uncurrying another function work?

The following is the code to curry or uncurry a function in Haskell: ...
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### Can most programs (except the IO part) be re-written as a sequence of matrix operations?

I got this idea recently. If we do not consider the data IO part of software, imagine the data is in the memory and we need to come out with some decision (which product to recommend to a user, how to ...
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### Can we always transform a set of lines to a function?

If I have n lines in a programming language like Python (globally or inside a function): ...