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compare_instances(-Relationship, ?Term1, ?Term2)

Succeeds if Relationship is an atom describing the instance relationship between Term1 and Term2.
Relationship
Variable or one of the atoms '<', '>', '='
Term1
An arbitrary term.
Term2
An arbitrary term.

Description

Succeeds if Relationship is unified with one of the three term relationship symbols indicated by '<', '>', '=' where:

'<': Term1 is an instance of Term2.

'>': Term2 is an instance of Term1.

'=': Term1 is variant of Term2.

For the definition of instance and variant refer to instance/2 and variant/2, respectively.

Modes and Determinism

Fail Conditions

Fails if none of the terms is an instance of the other

Examples

   Success:
   compare_instances(Rel,X,Y), Rel == '='.
   compare_instances(=, [a,X], [a,Y]).
   compare_instances(<, [a,b], [X,Y]).
   compare_instances(<, [X], [X|Y]).
   compare_instances(>, X, f(1,1)).
   compare_instances(<, f(1,1), X).
   Fail:
   compare_instances(Rel, f(X), 1).
   compare_instances(Rel, 1, f(X)).
   compare_instances(<, X, a).



See Also

instance / 2, variant / 2