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These are Haskell translations of Ninety Nine Lisp Problems, which are themselves translations of Ninety-Nine Prolog Problems.

Multiway Trees

A multiway tree is composed of a root element and a (possibly empty) set of successors which are multiway trees themselves. A multiway tree is never empty. The set of successor trees is sometimes called a forest.

A Haskell implementation of multiway trees, as in the module Data.Tree:

data Tree a = Node a [Tree a]
        deriving (Eq, Show)

Some example trees:

tree1 = Node 'a' []

tree2 = Node 'a' [Node 'b' []]

tree3 = Node 'a' [Node 'b' [Node 'c' []]]

tree4 = Node 'b' [Node 'd' [], Node 'e' []]

tree5 = Node 'a' [
                Node 'f' [Node 'g' []],
                Node 'c' [],
                Node 'b' [Node 'd' [], Node 'e' []]

Problem 70B

Check whether a given term represents a multiway tree.

This is trivial in a strongly typed language like Haskell.

Problem 70C

Count the nodes of a multiway tree.

Example in Haskell:

Tree> nnodes tree2


nnodes :: Tree a -> Int
nnodes (Node _ ts) = 1 + sum (map nnodes ts)

Problem 70

Tree construction from a node string.

We suppose that the nodes of a multiway tree contain single characters. In the depth-first order sequence of its nodes, a special character ^ has been inserted whenever, during the tree traversal, the move is a backtrack to the previous level.

By this rule, tree5 above is represented as: afg^^c^bd^e^^^

Define the syntax of the string and write a predicate tree(String,Tree) to construct the Tree when the String is given. Make your predicate work in both directions.

Solution: We could write separate printing and parsing functions, but the problem statement asks for a bidirectional function.

First we need a parser monad, with some primitives:

newtype P a = P { runP :: String -> Maybe (a, String) }

instance Monad P where
        return x = P $ \ s -> Just (x, s)
        P v >>= f = P $ \ s -> do
                (x, s') <- v s
                runP (f x) s'

instance MonadPlus P where
        mzero = P $ \ _ -> Nothing
        P u `mplus` P v = P $ \ s -> u s `mplus` v s

charP :: P Char
charP = P view_list
  where view_list [] = Nothing
        view_list (c:cs) = Just (c, cs)

literalP :: Char -> P ()
literalP c = do { c' <- charP; guard (c == c') }

spaceP :: P ()
spaceP = P (\ s -> Just ((), dropWhile isSpace s))

Next a Syntax type, combining printing and parsing functions:

data Syntax a = Syntax {
                display :: a -> String,
                parse :: P a

(We don't use a class, because we want multiple syntaxes for a given type.) Some combinators for building syntaxes:

-- concatenation
(<*>) :: Syntax a -> Syntax b -> Syntax (a,b)
a <*> b = Syntax {
                display = \ (va,vb) -> display a va ++ display b vb,
                parse = liftM2 (,) (parse a) (parse b)

-- alternatives
(<|>) :: Syntax a -> Syntax b -> Syntax (Either a b)
a <|> b = Syntax {
                display = either (display a) (display b),
                parse = liftM Left (parse a) `mplus` liftM Right (parse b)

char :: Syntax Char
char = Syntax return charP

literal :: Char -> Syntax ()
literal c = Syntax (const [c]) (literalP c)

space :: Syntax ()
space = Syntax (const " ") spaceP

iso :: (a -> b) -> (b -> a) -> Syntax a -> Syntax b
iso a_to_b b_to_a a = Syntax {
                display = display a . b_to_a,
                parse = liftM a_to_b (parse a)

The last one maps a syntax using an isomorphism between types. Some uses of this function:

-- concatenation, with no value in the first part
(*>) :: Syntax () -> Syntax a -> Syntax a
p *> q = iso snd ((,) ()) (p <*> q)

-- list of a's, followed by finish
list :: Syntax a -> Syntax () -> Syntax [a]
list a finish = iso toList fromList (finish <|> (a <*> list a finish))
  where toList (Left _) = []
        toList (Right (x, xs)) = x:xs
        fromList [] = Left ()
        fromList (x:xs) = Right (x, xs)

Now be can define the syntax of depth-first presentations:

df :: Syntax (Tree Char)
df = iso toTree fromTree (char <*> list df (literal '^'))
  where toTree (x, ts) = Node x ts
        fromTree (Node x ts) = (x, ts)

Some examples:

Tree> display df tree5
Tree> runP (parse df) "afg^^c^bd^e^^^"
Just (Node 'a' [Node 'f' [Node 'g' []],Node 'c' [],Node 'b' [Node 'd' [],Node 'e' []]],"")

== Problem 71 ==

Determine the internal path length of a tree.
We define the internal path length of a multiway tree as the total sum of the path lengths from the root to all nodes of the tree. By this definition, <tt>tree5</tt> has an internal path length of 9. 

Example in Haskell:
Tree> ipl tree5
Tree> ipl tree4


ipl :: Tree a -> Int
ipl = ipl' 0
  where ipl' d (Node _ ts) = d + sum (map (ipl' (d+1)) ts)

Problem 72

Construct the bottom-up order sequence of the tree nodes. Write a predicate bottom_up(Tree,Seq) which constructs the bottom-up sequence of the nodes of the multiway tree Tree.

Example in Haskell:

Tree> bottom_up tree5


bottom_up :: Tree a -> [a]
bottom_up (Node x ts) = concatMap bottom_up ts ++ [x]

A more efficient version using an accumulator:

bottom_up :: Tree a -> [a]
bottom_up t = bottom_up_aux t []
  where bottom_up_aux :: Tree a -> [a] -> [a]
        bottom_up_aux (Node x ts) xs = foldr bottom_up_aux (x:xs) ts

Problem 73

Lisp-like tree representation. There is a particular notation for multiway trees in Lisp. Lisp is a prominent functional programming language, which is used primarily for artificial intelligence problems. As such it is one of the main competitors of Prolog. In Lisp almost everything is a list, just as in Prolog everything is a term.

Note that in the "lispy" notation a node with successors (children) in the tree is always the first element in a list, followed by its children. The "lispy" representation of a multiway tree is a sequence of atoms and parentheses '(' and ')', which we shall collectively call "tokens". We can represent this sequence of tokens as a Prolog list; e.g. the lispy expression (a (b c)) could be represented as the Prolog list ['(', a, '(', b, c, ')', ')']. Write a predicate tree_ltl(T,LTL) which constructs the "lispy token list" LTL if the tree is given as term T in the usual Prolog notation.

(The Prolog example given is incorrect.)

Example in Haskell:

Tree> display lisp tree1
Tree> display lisp tree2
"(a b)"
Tree> display lisp tree3
"(a (b c))"
Tree> display lisp tree4
"(b d e)"
Tree> display lisp tree5
"(a (f g) c (b d e))"

As a second, even more interesting exercise try to rewrite tree_ltl/2 in a way that the inverse conversion is also possible.

Solution: using the Syntax type used in P70 above:

lisp :: Syntax (Tree Char)
lisp = iso toTree fromTree
        (literal '(' *> (char <*> list (space *> lisp) (literal ')')) <|> char)
  where toTree (Left (x, ts)) = Node x ts
        toTree (Right x) = Node x []
        fromTree (Node x []) = Right x
        fromTree (Node x ts) = Left (x, ts)