[Haskell-cafe] Re: computing lists of pairs
lrpalmer at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 10:02:14 EST 2009
On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 6:42 AM, Christian Maeder
<Christian.Maeder at dfki.de> wrote:
> Daniel Fischer schrieb:
>> Am Mittwoch 02 Dezember 2009 18:54:51 schrieb Christian Maeder:
>>> Daniel Fischer schrieb:
>>>> However, according to a couple of tests, the "funkyName" version is
>>>> somewhat faster and allocates less.
>>> My timing tests showed that your fpairs version is fastest.
> Interesting. Using a faster version of "sequence":
> allPossibilities :: [[a]] -> [[a]]
> allPossibilities  = []
> allPossibilities (l:ls) = [ x : xs | x <- l, xs <- allPossibilities ls]
I am confused. This is exactly sequence. How is this a faster
version? Other than maybe avoiding some dictionary-passing?
Incidentally there is a "better" version of sequence for finding
products of lists:
allPossibilities :: [[a]] -> [[a]]
allPossibilities  = []
allPossibilities (l:ls) = [ x : xs | xs <- allPossibilites ls, x <- l ]
Or, the general form (I don't know of a use other than for lists, however):
sequence' :: Applicative f => [f a] -> f [a]
sequence'  = pure 
sequence' (x:xs) = liftA2 (flip (:)) xs x
The difference is that it binds the tail of the list first, so the
generated tails are shared. This means less consing, less GC strain,
and a lot less memory usage if you store them.
Mind, the answers come out in a different order.
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