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* You can represent a successful sequence of comparisons with <code>Just a</code> and a failed sequence with <code>Nothing</code>:
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module ChainRelation2 where
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import Data.Maybe (isJust)
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lift :: (a -> b -> Bool) -> Maybe a -> b -> Maybe b
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lift f (Just x) y | f x y = Just y
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lift _ _ _ = Nothing
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(<:)  = lift (<)
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(<=:) = lift (<=)
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(*:)  = lift elem
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example = isJust (Just 4 <: 5 <=: 6 *: [6,7])
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-- Python equivalent: 4 < 5 <= 6 in [6,7]
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Revision as of 19:58, 27 October 2010

Problem

Question: The compiler doesn't accept a <= x <= b. Why?

Answer: The expression cannot be parsed, because the infix symbol <= has no (left or right) associativity.

In languages like C the expression is parsed as (a <= x) <= b which is even worse. The first part is evaluated to a boolean value, which is then compared with b. (For C "boolean" and "integer" are the same type.)

Solutions

simple

  • You must be aware, that the mathematical notation a \le x \le b is shorthand for a \le x\ \land\ x \le b. Consequently a possible Haskell solution is a <= x && x <= b.
  • Another fine mathematical notation is x \in [a,b]. You can roll your own function
isInRange :: Ord a => a -> a -> a -> Bool
isInRange lower upper x = lower <= x && x <= upper
to capture this notation (isInRange a b x), or
(<?) :: Ord a => a -> (a,a) -> Bool
(<?) = flip (uncurry isInRange)
(x <? (a,b)). In case of integers you can use the inRange function from Ix class.
  • You can easily write a function, which checks if a list of numbers increases monotonicly.
monotonicIncreasing :: Ord a => [a] -> Bool
monotonicIncreasing xs = and (zipWith (<=) xs (tail xs))
You can use that for the initial problem by monotonicIncreasing [a,x,b].


complex

  • For more complex checks of whether an element is contained in some ranges, you should have a look at the ranged sets library.
  • If you want to program more complex chains with different kinds of comparisons, try the following code.
module ChainRelation where

{- * chains of relations (comparison, subsets, logical implications etc.) -}

infixr 4 &-, -&

type Rel   a = (a -> a -> Bool)
type Chain a = [(Rel a, a)]

endChain :: Chain a
endChain = []

-- separate comparison and operand
(&-) :: Rel a -> (a, Chain a) -> Chain a
rel &- (x,xs) = (rel,x):xs

-- separate operand and comparison
(-&) :: a -> Chain a -> (a, Chain a)
(-&) = (,)

-- check if all comparisons are true
check :: (a, Chain a) -> Bool
check (x,chain) =
   let (rels,xs) = unzip chain
   in  and (zipWith3 id rels (x:xs) xs)


example1 :: Bool
example1 =
   check (1 -& (<) &- 5 -& (==) &- 5 -& (<=) &- 10 -&
      (endChain :: Chain Integer))


{- * specialised infix operators for comparison -}

infixr 4 ==:, /=:, <:, >:, <=:, >=:

(==:), (/=:), (<:), (>:), (<=:), (>=:) :: Ord a =>
   a -> (a, Chain a) -> (a, Chain a)
(==:) = lift (==)
(/=:) = lift (/=)
(<:)  = lift (<)
(>:)  = lift (>)
(<=:) = lift (<=)
(>=:) = lift (>=)

lift :: Rel a -> a -> (a, Chain a) -> (a, Chain a)
lift f x (y,chain) = (x, (f,y):chain)

example2 :: Bool
example2 =
   check (1 <: 5 ==: 5 <=: 10
             -& (endChain :: Chain Integer))
  • You can represent a successful sequence of comparisons with Just a and a failed sequence with Nothing:
module ChainRelation2 where

import Data.Maybe (isJust)

lift :: (a -> b -> Bool) -> Maybe a -> b -> Maybe b
lift f (Just x) y | f x y = Just y
lift _ _ _ = Nothing

(<:)  = lift (<)
(<=:) = lift (<=)
(*:)  = lift elem

example = isJust (Just 4 <: 5 <=: 6 *: [6,7])

-- Python equivalent: 4 < 5 <= 6 in [6,7]