# Boolean Primes Map (continued)

**Shlomi Fish
**
shlomif@vipe.technion.ac.il

*Fri, 22 Dec 2000 14:37:52 +0200 (IST)*

Well, after some thought, I decided to try re-writing the boolean primes
map program only using a list instead of an array. I came up with this
program:
primes :: Int -> [Int]
primes how_much = (iterate 2 initial_map) where
initial_map :: [Bool]
initial_map = (map (\x -> True) [ 0 .. how_much])
iterate :: Int -> [Bool] -> [Int]
iterate p (a:as) | p > mybound = process_map p (a:as)
| a = p:(iterate (p+1) (mymark (p+1) step (2*p) as))
| (not a) = (iterate (p+1) as) where
step :: Int
step = if p == 2 then p else 2*p
mymark :: Int -> Int -> Int -> [Bool] -> [Bool]
mymark cur_pos step next_pos [] = []
mymark cur_pos step next_pos (a:as) =
if (cur_pos == next_pos) then
False:(mymark (cur_pos+1) step (cur_pos+step) as)
else
a:(mymark (cur_pos+1) step next_pos as)
mybound :: Int
mybound = ceiling(sqrt(fromIntegral(how_much)))
process_map :: Int -> [Bool] -> [Int]
process_map cur_pos [] = []
process_map cur_pos (a:as) | a = cur_pos:(process_map (cur_pos+1) as)
| (not a) = (process_map (cur_pos+1) as)
I don't know too much about Haskell yet, so it is possible this program
can be further optimized using some Haskell built-ins.
Now, this program can scale to 100,000 and beyond, as opposed to the array
version which only got until 30,000 or 40,000. It's a pity Haskell doesn't
handle arrays very well, but I guess every language has its faults.
Regards,
Shlomi Fish
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