[Haskell-cafe] arr f
nhn at Cs.Nott.AC.UK
Fri Jan 27 15:47:53 EST 2006
> since this is my first post,
> "Hello all"
> I have a problem with a function taken from class Arrow.
> arr :: (b -> c) -> a b c
> To build my own arrow, i need to distinguish between different kinds
> of b or c. For instance, if b has the form (d,e), i want to construct
> something different as when having form (d,e,f).
I'm not quite sure I understand what you mean.
Are you saying that you you want the input to be either a pair or a
Then one possibility would be to wrap up the input in the standard
Haskell type "Either".
For reference, "Either" is defined like this:
data Either a b = Left a | Right b
g :: T1 -> T2 -> T
h :: T1 -> T2 -> T3 -> T
for some specific types T1, T2, T3 and T.
Now you can define a function "f":
f :: Either (T1,t2) (T1,T2,T3) -> T
f (Left (x,y)) = g x y
f (Right (x,y,z)) = h x y z
Thus "f" "distinguish[es] between different kinds" of input.
If it is applied to what essentially is a pair, it will compute
a result of type "T" using the function "g", whereas if it is
applied to what essentially is a triple it will compute
a result using the function "h", again of type "T".
Lifting "f" into an arrow yields:
arr f :: Arrow a => a (Either (T1,T2) (T1,T2,T3)) T
I don't know if that was what you really ment by "construct[ing]
something different" depending on the input type?
Hope that helps,
School of Computer Science and Information Technology
The University of Nottingham
nhn at cs.nott.ac.uk
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