[curry] Recursion in Set Functions

From: Andy Jost <Andrew.Jost_at_synopsys.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2021 22:44:22 +0000


I have run into an unexpected (to me) behavior when using set functions. I=
 want to write a function that calculates a "penalty" that equals the numbe=
r of times any character repeats three times in a string. For example, "aa=
aa" has penalty two, while "aabaa" has penalty zero.

I thought it might be fun to use a functional pattern, so I wrote the follo=

penalty1 (b++[x,x,x]++e) = 1 + penalty1 (b++[x,x]++e)
penalty1'default _ = 0

Although this works, it scales as the factorial of the longest substring of=
 repeated characters.

I thought I could improve it by introducing a set function and then using s=
electValue to cut down the search space. My idea was to recursively remove=
 one character from an arbitrary triple, repeating until there are no more =
triples and counting the iterations. Rather than choosing every way to rem=
ove a character, I just want to choose one of them.

I tried coding this several ways (below), but each time the result is "no v=
alue found." I am using PAKCS 3.3.0.

Is this the expected behavior? Does it suggest a problem with the implemen=
tation of set functions or with my understanding of them? Can anyone point=
 towards a solution using functional patterns? Other methods -- e.g., a pu=
re-Haskell solution -- are trivial, so there's no need to point them out.


penalty2 pw = selectValue $ (set1 aux) pw
        aux (b++[x,x,x]++e) = 1 + penalty2 (b++[x,x]++e)
        aux'default _ = 0

penalty3 pw = selectValue $ (set1 aux) pw
        aux (b++[x,x,x]++e) = 1 + aux (b++[x,x]++e)
        aux'default _ = 0

penalty4 pw = let pw' = next pw in if pw' == [] then 0 else 1 + pen=
alty4 pw'
        next pw' = selectValue $ (set1 aux) pw'
        aux (b++[x,x,x]++e) = b++[x,x]++e
        aux'default _ = []

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