|Introduction to Functional Programming -- Lab 1: "Power Function"||TDA555 / DIT440, LP1, HT2010|
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In this lab assignment, you will implement the well-known "power" function in two different new ways. The power function takes two arguments n and k and computes nk. Your implementation only has to work for non-negative k.
We have already seen one implementation of this function in the lecture:
power :: Integer -> Integer -> Integer power n k | k < 0 = error "power: negative argument" power n 0 = 1 power n k = n * power n (k-1)You will implement two more ways in this lab assignment.
Note: Please make sure you follow the submission guidelines when you write your code.
Assignment 1In order to calculate "power n k", for a given n and k, how many computing "steps" are being used?
Hint: "power n 0" takes 1 step.
Assignment 2A different way of computing the power function is to use the standard Haskell function "product", which calculates the product (multiplication) of all elements in a list.
To calculate "power n k", first construct a list with k elements, all being n, and then use "product".
Implement this idea as a Haskell function "power1".
Hint: You have to come up with a way of producing a list with k elements, all being equal to n. Use a list comprehension, or use the standard Haskell function "replicate". If you use "replicate", you might want to use the function "fromInteger" too! Use Hoogle to find out more about standard functions.
Assignment 3A different approach to calculating the power function uses less computing steps.
We use the fact that, if k is even, we can calculate nk as follows:
nk = (n2)k/2 (k is even)In other words:
nk = (n * n)k/2 (k is even)So, instead of recursively using the case for k-1, we use the (much smaller) case for k/2.
If k is not even, we simply go one step down in order to arrive at an even k, just as in the original definition of power:
nk = n * (nk-1) (k is not even)
To sum up, to calculate "power n k":Implement this idea as a Haskell function "power2".
Assignment 4We would like the three functions "power", "power1", and "power2" to calculate the same thing. It is probably a good idea to test this!
A. Come up with a number of test cases (inputs you will test your functions on). Argue why you have chosen these test cases. (Think about for what inputs the functions are defined, and for what inputs the functions are not defined.)
B. Implement two functions: One function "comparePower1" (which given n and k, compares the result of the "power" function with your "power1" function), and a function "comparePower2" (which does the same for "power" and "power2"). These two functions will make your testing go easier!
C. Write all your test cases as one or two Haskell functions that perform all test cases. It is probably a good idea to use the functions "comparePower1" and "comparePower2" here.
Hint: You can use a list comprehension to combine all possible cases you would like to test for n and k. Use the standard Haskell function "and" to combine the results. If you are not familiar with list comprehensions, you do not have to use these.
Assignment 5 (extra assignment)(This is an extra assignment. You do not have to do this assignment to pass the course, but you will learn more when you do!)
Using the techniques you have learnt in the previous course, write a Haskell function that generates the following table in HTML code:
Hint: You need to use the module MkHTML.hs for this.
SubmissionThis lab has two deadlines:
Write your answers in one file, called Lab1.hs. For each assignment, use Haskell comments to indicate what part of the file contains the answer to the assignment. For answers in natural language, you can use Swedish or English; write your answers also in Haskell comments. Remove irrelevant things from the file.
Before you submit your code, Clean It Up! Remember, submitting clean code is Really Important, and simply the polite thing to do. After you feel you are done, spend some time on cleaning your code; make it simpler, remove unneccessary things, etc. We will reject your solution if it is not clean. Clean code:
You do not have to submit the module MkHTML.hs.