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(*) Find out whether a list is a palindrome. A palindrome can be read forward or backward; e.g. (x a m a x).

```
isPalindrome :: (Eq a) => [a] -> Bool
isPalindrome xs = xs == (reverse xs)
```

```
isPalindrome' [] = True
isPalindrome' [_] = True
isPalindrome' xs = (head xs) == (last xs) && (isPalindrome' $ init $ tail xs)
```

Here's one to show it done in a fold just for the fun of it. Do note that it is less efficient then the previous 2 though.

```
isPalindrome'' :: (Eq a) => [a] -> Bool
isPalindrome'' xs = foldl (\acc (a,b) -> if a == b then acc else False) True input
where
input = zip xs (reverse xs)
```

Another one just for fun:

```
isPalindrome''' :: (Eq a) => [a] -> Bool
isPalindrome''' = Control.Monad.liftM2 (==) id reverse
```

Or even:

```
isPalindrome'''' :: (Eq a) => [a] -> Bool
isPalindrome'''' = (==) Control.Applicative.<*> reverse
```

Here's one that does half as many compares:

```
palindrome :: (Eq a) => [a] -> Bool
palindrome xs = p [] xs xs
where p rev (x:xs) (_:_:ys) = p (x:rev) xs ys
p rev (x:xs) [_] = rev == xs
p rev xs [] = rev == xs
```

Here's one using foldr and zipWith.

```
palindrome :: (Eq a) => [a] -> Bool
palindrome xs = foldr (&&) True $ zipWith (==) xs (reverse xs)
palindrome' xs = and $ zipWith (==) xs (reverse xs) -- same, but easier
```

```
isPalindrome list = take half_len list == reverse (drop (half_len + (len `mod` 2)) list)
where
len = length list
half_len = len `div` 2
isPalindrome' list = f_part == reverse s_part
where
len = length list
half_len = len `div` 2
(f_part, s_part') = splitAt half_len list
s_part = drop (len `mod` 2) s_part'
```

Using Control.Arrows (&&&) fan out operator.

With monomorphism restriction:

```
isPalindrome1 xs = (uncurry (==) . (id &&& reverse)) xs
```

Point free with no monomorphism restriction:

```
isPalindrome1 = (uncurry (==) . (id &&& reverse))
```