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1 Name?
Is there a better name for this page? —Ashley Y 00:55, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
i completely agree, the name pretty much sucks. but what i really wanted, was to compile a collection of "idioms" that would enlarge the readers perception of what is possible in Haskell and how to go about it. so, i'll have to find a name that reflects this plan. —J. Ahlmann 14:13, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
2 List / String Operations
Should this:
transpose . unfoldr (\a > toMaybe (null a) (splitAt 2 a))
be this instead:
transpose . unfoldr (\a > toMaybe (not $ null a) (splitAt 2 a))
3 Polynomial signum and abs
A sensible option for signum and abs for polynomials (with coefficients from a field) would be
 signum > the leading coefficient
 abs > the monic polynomial obtained by dividing by the leading coefficient
As with the abs and signum functions for Integer and for Data.Complex (when restricted to a subring whose intersection with the real numbers is just the integers), the result of this signum is then a unit (ie, a value x for which there exists a y such that xy = 1), and we have
 signum a * abs a = a
 abs 1 = signum 1 = 1
 abs (any unit) = 1
 abs a * abs b = abs (a * b)