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(2 cents on wording / links.)
(I think my example actually included an eta-reduction as well as a beta conversion. Edited example.)
Revision as of 12:55, 30 January 2007
A beta reduction (also written β reduction) is where you actually apply a lambda function to an expression to generate a result.
For example, suppose we have
If we now replace every occurance of
2*x*x + y
with 7, we arrive at
2*7*7 + y
We have thus performed a beta reduction.