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(*) Find the K'th element of a list. The first element in the list is number 1.

This is (almost) the infix operator !! in Prelude, which is defined as:

(!!) :: [a] -> Int -> a (x:_) !! 0 = x (_:xs) !! n = xs !! (n-1)

Except this doesn't quite work, because !! is zero-indexed, and element-at should be one-indexed. So:

elementAt :: [a] -> Int -> a elementAt list i = list !! (i-1)

Or without using the infix operator:

elementAt' :: [a] -> Int -> a elementAt' (x:_) 1 = x elementAt' [] _ = error "Index out of bounds" elementAt' (_:xs) k | k < 1 = error "Index out of bounds" | otherwise = elementAt' xs (k - 1)

Alternative version:

elementAt'' :: [a] -> Int -> a elementAt'' (x:_) 1 = x elementAt'' (_:xs) i = elementAt'' xs (i - 1) elementAt'' _ _ = error "Index out of bounds"

**This does not work correctly on invalid indexes and infinite lists, e.g.:**

elementAt'' [1..] 0

A few more solutions using prelude functions:

elementAt'' xs n | length xs < n = error "Index out of bounds" | otherwise = fst . last $ zip xs [1..n]

elementAt''' xs n = head $ foldr ($) xs $ replicate (n - 1) tail -- Negative indeces not handled correctly: -- Main> elementAt''' "haskell" (-1) -- 'h'

elementAt_w' xs n = last . take n $ xs -- wrong -- Main> map (elementAt_w' [1..4]) [1..10] -- [1,2,3,4,4,4,4,4,4,4]

elementAt_w'' xs n = head . reverse . take n $ xs -- wrong -- Main> map (elementAt_w'' [1..4]) [1..10] -- [1,2,3,4,4,4,4,4,4,4]

elementAt_w''' xs n = head . drop (n - 1) $ xs -- wrong -- Main> map (elementAt_w''' [1..4]) [0..10] -- [1,1,2,3,4,*** Exception: Prelude.head: empty list

elementAt_w'

elementAt_w'pf = (last .) . take . (+ 1)

elementAt_w'pf

elementAt_w'pf' = flip $ (last .) . take . (+ 1)