Re: [eclipse-clp-users] Delayed Goals

From: Thorsten Winterer <thorsten_winterer_at_...126...>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 09:35:18 +0200
Ulisses Dias schrieb:
> Hi, 
>
>    I will explain my doubt using an example. I have the following rule
> to split a list. The first splitted list has the size N.
>
> split(L,0,[],L).
> split([X|Xs],N,[X|Ys],Zs) :- N $> 0, N1 $= N - 1, split(Xs,N1,Ys,Zs).
>
> In Eclipse I can use it:
>
> ?- split([1, 2, 3, 4], 2, X1, X2).
> X1 = [1, 2]
> X2 = [3, 4, 5, 6]
> Yes (0.00s cpu, solution 1, maybe more)
>
> That is ok, but when I dont instantiate the size N, the Eclipse answers:
>
> N = 0
> X1 = []
> X2 = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
> Yes (0.00s cpu, solution 1, maybe more)
> N = 1
> X1 = [1]
> X2 = [2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
> Yes (0.02s cpu, solution 2, maybe more)
>
> ... and goes on.
>
> But I dont want this answer, I want eclipse to create delayed goals
> and wait for new constraints. There is something I'm doing wrong?

The base clause
     split(L,0,[],L).
will always instantiate the size for you, as you can see when you trace
through the program, unless you ensure that the goal gets delayed.

If you want to delay the goal until N is bound, use the suspension
mechanism. See chapter 17 in the User Manual. There are several
alternatives for delaying goals.


Cheers,
Thorsten
Received on Wed Oct 15 2008 - 07:35:54 CEST

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