# [Haskell-beginners] Multiple parameters vs anonymous syntax

Wink Saville wink at saville.com
Tue Oct 17 17:28:20 UTC 2017

```I'm going through "Haskell Programming from first principles" and in
section 7.3 Anonymous Functions there is an exercise on converting multiple
parameters to anonymous functions, and it asks:

1. Which (two or more) of the following are equivalent?

mTh1 x y z = x * y * z
mTh2 x y = \z -> x * y * z
mTh3 x = \y -> \z -> x * y * z
mTh4 = \x -> \y -> \z -> x * y * z

So I created a file, anon.hs (attached):

module Anon where

mTh1 x y z = x * y * z
mTh2 x y = \z -> x * y * z
mTh3 x = \y -> \z -> x * y * z
mTh4 = \x -> \y -> \z -> x * y * z

I load that into ghci and check the function types:

\$ ghci anon.hs
GHCi, version 8.2.1: http://www.haskell.org/ghc/  :? for help
[1 of 1] Compiling Anon             ( anon.hs, interpreted )
*Anon> :t mTh1
mTh1 :: Num a => a -> a -> a -> a
*Anon> :t mTh2
mTh2 :: Num a => a -> a -> a -> a
*Anon> :t mTh3
mTh3 :: Num a => a -> a -> a -> a
*Anon> :t mTh4
mTh4 :: Integer -> Integer -> Integer -> Integer

Why is mTh4 different from the rest?

On the flip side If I enter "mTh4 = \x -> \y -> \z -> x * y * z" directly
in ghci command line then it has same type as the others:

\$ ghci
GHCi, version 8.2.1: http://www.haskell.org/ghc/  :? for help
Prelude> mTh4 = \x -> \y -> \z -> x * y * z
Prelude> :t mTh4
mTh4 :: Num a => a -> a -> a -> a

-- Wink
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