[Haskell-cafe] haltavista - look for functions by example
paul.brauner at loria.fr
Sun Sep 19 14:29:27 EDT 2010
brauner at worf:/tmp$ cat test.hs
intMul :: Integer -> Integer -> Integer
intMul x n | n < 0 = -(intMul x $ abs n)
| n == 0 = 0
| n > 0 = x + intMul x (n - 1)
main = do xs <- sample' arbitrary
ys <- sample' arbitrary
zip xs ys `forM_` \(x,y) ->
putStrLn (show x ++ " " ++ show y ++ " " ++ (show $ intMul x y))
brauner at worf:/tmp$ runghc test.hs | haltavista
I will include this functionality in the next version. Thank you for
this nice idea.
On Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 08:16:08PM +0200, Paul Brauner wrote:
> That's a great idea!
> In the same vein, have you had a look at quickspec by Koen Claessen,
> Nicholas Smallbone and John Hughes?
> This reminds me of another idea, suggested by Jun inoue: look for
> functions by specification instead of examples.
> I will try your idea ASAP. As you say, I think that might be helpful for
> beginners, as you suggest, or even when you're not a beginner anymore
> but you start using a new library.
> On Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 07:41:21PM +0200, Roel van Dijk wrote:
> > Very interesting!
> > It got me thinking: if you combine this with the Arbitrary class 
> > of QuickCheck you can use it check if you have defined a function that
> > is "equal" to an already defined function.
> > Let's say I write the following function:
> > intMul ∷ Integer → Integer → Integer
> > intMul x 0 = 0
> > intMul x n = x + intMul x (n - 1)
> > No you can automatically apply this function to a list of 100
> > generated inputs to get a list of input output pairs. Feed this into
> > haltavista and it should tell you that you can replace your definition
> > with Prelude (*). While such an observation is certainly not a proof
> > it is still useful.
> > It would be a nice addition to a Haskell editor. Especially for those
> > new to the language.
> > Regards,
> > Roel
> > 1 - http://hackage.haskell.org/packages/archive/QuickCheck/2.3/doc/html/Test-QuickCheck-Arbitrary.html
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