A Pure And Really Simple Initial Functional Algebraic Language


Fitch, J. P. and Padget, J. A., 1984. A Pure And Really Simple Initial Functional Algebraic Language. In: Fitch, J. P., ed. EUROSAM 84 International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation Cambridge, England, July 9–11, 1984.174 ed. Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 148-158. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

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A medium sized algebra system supporting rational functions and some elementary functions, which is written in the purely functional subset of LISP is described. This is used to investigate the practicability of writing systems in a no-side effect, no property list, pure style. In addition, using the experimental LISP system in Bath that allows for full environment closures, ways have been discovered in which eager (applicative) evaluation and lazy (normal) evaluation strategies can be applied to computer algebra. The system is demonstrated on some well known sample programs.


Item Type Book Sections
CreatorsFitch, J. P.and Padget, J. A.
EditorsFitch, J. P.
DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Computer Science
ID Code16418


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