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## Revision as of 19:29, 29 March 2011

(**) Eliminate consecutive duplicates of list elements.

compress :: Eq a => [a] -> [a] compress = map head . group

We simply group equal values together (using Data.List.group), then take the head of each.
Note that (with GHC) we must give an explicit type to *compress* otherwise we get:

Ambiguous type variable `a' in the constraint: `Eq a' arising from use of `group' Possible cause: the monomorphism restriction applied to the following: compress :: [a] -> [a] Probable fix: give these definition(s) an explicit type signature or use -fno-monomorphism-restriction

We can circumvent the monomorphism restriction by writing *compress* this way (See: section 4.5.4 of the report):

compress xs = map head $ group xs

An alternative solution is

compress (x : y : xs) = (if x == y then [] else [x]) ++ compress (y : xs) compress x = x

Another possibility using foldr

compress :: (Eq a) => [a] -> [a] compress = foldr skipDups [] where skipDups x [] = [x] skipDups x acc | x == head acc = acc | otherwise = x : acc

A very simple approach:

compress [] = [] compress (x:xs) = [x] ++ (compress $ dropWhile (== x) xs)