Re: [eclipse-users] 'forall' predicate

From: Malcolm Ryan <malcolmr_at_...25...>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 13:02:10 +1000
Yes, but I want the constraints to be passed around as data before  
being applied. I'm working towards adding a feature to the  
"generic_sets" library so that you can specify a bunch of constraints  
that are applied to every element of the set. As such, they need to  
be stored as terms in the set's attributes so that they can be  
applied to any new value that is in the set.

Basically, I want a way to do the equivalent of a lambda operation in  
functional programming, on a constraint expression. So that I can  
say: lambda(X, X #< N or X #> 0).

I am beginning to remember why I dislike Prolog. It tempts you into  
thinking you can do functional-style programming with maps and lambda  
expressions, but then the handling of unbound variables is always  
awkward, and you end up wasting a lot of time preventing them from  
binding to things you don't want them to.

Malcolm

On 28/03/2007, at 9:20 PM, Joachim Schimpf wrote:

> Malcolm Ryan wrote:
>> I want to construct a predicate which applies a certain constraint to
>> every variable in a list, kind of like the "map" function in
>> functional programming. Its logical semantics should be "for all X in
>> List : P(X)".
>>
>> The following is close to what I want, but has a flaw:
>>
>> forall(X, Vars, P) :-
>>     (foreach(V, Vars), param(X,P)
>>     do
>>         copy_term((X,P), (Y,Q)),
>>         Y = V,
>>         call(Q)
>>     ).
>>
>> The problem is that the call to copy_term duplicates _every_ variable
>> in P, not just X. So the following will not work.
>>
>> integers([N]), forall(X, [V1, V2, V3], X < N), N #= 3.
>
>
> But that's exactly what the do-loops are for! You can write directly:
>
> integers([N]), (foreach(X,[V1,V2,V3]),param(N) do X < N), N #= 3.
>
>
> -- Joachim
>
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