[Haskell-beginners] question about list processing
dennis.raddle at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 14:58:25 UTC 2015
Oh I needed join.
computeHead :: (a -> [b]) -> [a] -> [b]
computeHead f = join . take 1 . fmap f
f :: a -> [b]
f: a -> b
On Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 5:22 AM, Martin Vlk <martin at vlkk.cz> wrote:
> How about:
> computeHead f = take 1 . fmap f
> Dennis Raddle:
> > What would be an elegant way of writing this
> > computeHead :: (a -> [b]) -> [a] -> [b]
> > Where when [a] is null, it returns a null list, but when [a] contains one
> > or more elements, it applies the given function to the head of a and
> > returns that? Is there some existing typeclass operator that facilitates
> > this?
> > You can write
> > computeHead _  = 
> > computeHead f (x:_) = f x
> > But that first line seems suspicious to me... it makes me think about how
> > in the list Monad, an empty list falls through. But I can't quite make it
> > work.
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