Pearls of Functional Algorithm Design

Pearls of Functional Algorithm Design

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Richard Bird takes a radical approach to algorithm design, namely, design by calculation. These 30 short chapters each deal with a particular programming problem drawn from sources as diverse as games and puzzles, intriguing combinatorial tasks, and more familiar areas such as data compression and string matching. Each pearl starts with the statement of the problem expressed using the functional programming language Haskell, a powerful yet succinct language for capturing algorithmic ideas clearly and simply. The novel aspect of the book is that each solution is calculated from an initial formulation of the problem in Haskell by appealing to the laws of functional programming. Pearls of Functional Algorithm Design will appeal to the aspiring functional programmer, students and teachers interested in the principles of algorithm design, and anyone seeking to master the techniques of reasoning about programs in an equational style.

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  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 174 x 248 x 18mm | 739.35g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 b/w illus.
  • 0521513383
  • 9780521513388
  • 148,563

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'... well-presented and well-motivated material strives to become a stepping stone to further discovery. Any serious computer scientist would benefit from reading and properly understanding this book.' Computing Reviews '... an excellent guide into this method of algorithm development.' Journal of Functional Programming

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About Richard Bird

Richard Bird is Professor of Computer Science at Oxford University Computing Laboratory.

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