Module 17 Project
In this PA you will implement some analysis routines over a data structure called an expression tree. You will implement similar projects in Ruby, Haskell, and Prolog, and the goal is to explore the differences between the three languages.
In Ruby, you will extend existing Ruby classes to practice dynamic object-oriented programming. In Haskell, you will write pattern-matching routines to practice functional programming. In Prolog, you will write rules to practice logical programming.
Project starter files:
This version of the project does not have a lexer and parser. There is a way to
generate parsers in Prolog called definite clause
grammars but they are
not as easy to use as the lexer and parser generators for Ruby and Haskell.
Thus, you will need to create test cases manually. A few have been provided in
test.pl for your reference.
In Prolog, we choose to represent expression trees using recursive lists. This definition allows us to match pattern in a way that is similar to Haskell. However, one major difference between Haskell and Prolog is that Haskell is strongly typed but Prolog is not. In particular, Prolog lists can store items of differing types, and will will take advantage of this in our representation.
We define an expression tree as a list that has one of the following symbols as
emul. You will note that these are nearly
identical to the value constructors from Haskell, except that they must begin
with a lower-case letter because identifiers that start with upper-case letters
are variables in Prolog. The remainder of the list contains either the integer
eint) or two subtrees in the form of sublists (for
For instance, the expression
(2+3)*4 is equivalent to the following tree:
Here is the corresponding representation in Prolog:
Your task in this PA will be to write various predicates to analyze expression trees. You will do this by writing predicates that define the values of various properties of an expression tree.
Unlike in Haskell, you won’t necessarily need to handle every node type
separately in Prolog because the node type symbols (
eadd, etc.) are
just symbols and not value constructors. This means you can use
anonymous variable, like in Haskell) to match any node type.
Below are descriptions of the functions you need to implement. You can also look
at the test cases (in
test.pl) to see what they are supposed to do.
eval(T,X)- Calculates the result of evaluating the mathematical expression. All operations should be done using integer arithmetic. Read as “the result of evaluating expression tree T is X.”
countOps(T,X)- Counts the total number of arithmetic operations in an expression. All three operations (addition, subtraction, and multiplication) count for this process. Read as “the number of operations in expression tree T is X.”
height(T,X)- Calculates the height of the expression tree, where the height of a single-node tree is defined as being 1. Read as “the height of expression tree T is X.”
postfix(T,X)- Builds a flattened postfix list representation. For example,
(2+3)*4in postfix notation would be
[2,3,+,4,*](note that all of the operator symbols are atoms in Prolog). Read as “the postfix representation of T is X.”
uniqInts(T,X)- Extract a sorted list of all unique integers in an expression. Each integer should appear in the resulting list only once. Read as “the list X is a sorted list of all the unique integers in expression tree T.”
For the last function (
uniqInts), you may find it helpful to
write a helper predicate:
uniq(L,M)- Remove duplicates from a list. Read as “the list M is equivalent to list L with all duplicates removed.”
You may also find the Prolog built-in
Some test routines are included in
test.pl. However, your submission will be
graded based on additional tests not provided to you, so you should write your
own test cases as well.
For this assignment, you may NOT use any classes or methods that are not in the base Prolog language. Your submission will be graded using SWI-Prolog 7.6.4 and so it must run correctly using that version. You may use other versions of Prolog for development if you wish, but you should test with SWI-Prolog 7.6.4 before you submit to make sure you aren’t using any features that are specific to a different implementation or version.
Your program must contain implementations as described above. You must name your
Prolog script file
p6.pl. You must put your name in a comment at the top of
the file. As usual, decompose your methods to make them more readable, use good
names, indent properly, and so on. You will partly be graded on the readability
of your code but mostly on whether it works.
p6.pl to the appropriate assignment on Canvas by the deadline.