Homework 1 (Haskell) Solution

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Please follow carefully all of the following steps:

  1. Prepare a Haskell (or literate Haskell) file (ending in .hs or .lhs, respectively) that compiles without errors in GHCi. (Put all non-working parts in comments.)

  1. Submit one solution per group (each group can have up to 5 members) through Canvas.

Late submissions will not be accepted. Do not send solutions by email.

Insert the following definitions at the top of your file.

import Data.List (nub,sort)

norm :: Ord a => [a] -> [a]

norm = sort . nub

Exercise 1. Programming with Lists

Multisets, or bags, can be represented as list of pairs (x; n) where n indicates the number of occurrences of x in the multiset.

type Bag a = [(a,Int)]

For the following exercises you can assume the following properties of the bag representation. But note: Your function definitions have to maintain these properties for any multiset they produce!

  1. Each element x occurs in at most one pair in the list.

  1. Each element that occurs in a pair has a positive counter.

As an example consider the multiset f2; 3; 3; 5; 7; 7; 7; 8g, which has the following representation (among others).


Note that the order of elements is not fixed. In particular, we cannot assume that the elements are sorted. Thus, the above list representation is just one example of several possible.

(a) Define the function ins that inserts an element into a multiset.

ins :: Eq a => a -> Bag a -> Bag a

(Note: The class constraint ”Eq a =>” restricts the element type a to those types that allow the comparison of elements for equality with ==.)

(b) Define the function del that removes an element from a multiset.

del :: Eq a => a -> Bag a -> Bag a

(c) Define a function bag that takes a list of values and produces a multiset representation.

bag :: Eq a => [a] -> Bag a

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For example, with xs = [7,3,8,7,3,2,7,5] we get the following result.

  • bag xs [(5,1),(7,3),(2,1),(3,2),(8,1)]

(Note: It’s a good idea to use of the function ins defined earlier.)

(d) Define a function subbag that determines whether or not its first argument bag is contained in the second.

subbag :: Eq a => Bag a -> Bag a -> Bool

Note that a bag b is contained in a bag b if every element that occurs n times in b occurs also at least n times in b .

(e) Define a function isbag that computes the intersection of two multisets.

isbag :: Eq a => Bag a -> Bag a -> Bag a

(f) Define a function size that computes the number of elements contained in a bag.

size :: Bag a -> Int

Exercise 2. Graphs

A simple way to represent a directed graph is through a list of edges. An edge is given by a pair of nodes. For simplicity, nodes are represented by integers.

type Node

= Int

type Edge

= (Node,Node)









(We ignore the fact that this representation cannot distinguish between isolated nodes with and without loops; see, for example, the loop/edge (4,4) in the graph h that represents an isolated node.)

Consider, for example, the following directed graphs.

lu32041u1os tmp f4867ab97bd745fa lu32041u1os tmp 27e77a6ac751a038





g =

h =





These two graphs are represented as follows.

g :: Graph

g = [(1,2),(1,3),(2,3),(2,4),(3,4)]

h :: Graph

h = [(1,2),(1,3),(2,1),(3,2),(4,4)]

Note: In some of your function definitions you might want to use the function norm to remove duplicates from a list and sort it.

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  1. Define the function nodes :: Graph -> [Node] that computes the list of nodes contained in a given graph.

For example, nodes g = [1,2,3,4].

  1. Define the function suc :: Node -> Graph -> [Node] that computes the list of successors for a node in a given graph. For example, suc 2 g = [3,4], suc 4 g = [], and suc 4 h = [4].

  1. Define the function detach :: Node -> Graph -> Graph that removes a node together with all of its incident

edges from a graph. For example, detach 3 g = [(1,2),(2,4)] and detach 2 h = [(1,3),(4,4)].

  1. Define the function cyc :: Int -> Graph that creates a cycle of any given number. For example, cyc 4 =


Note: All functions can be succinctly implemented with list comprehensions.

Exercise 3. Programming with Data Types

Here is the definition of a data type for representing a few basic shapes. A figure is a collection of shapes. The type BBox represents bounding boxes of objects by the points of the lower-left and upper-right hand corners of the smallest enclosing rectangle.

type Number = Int

type Point = (Number,Number)

type Length = Number

data Shape = Pt Point

| Circle Point Length

  • Rect Point Length Length deriving Show

type Figure = [Shape]

type BBox = (Point,Point)

(a) Define the function width that computes the width of a shape.

width :: Shape -> Length

For example, the widths of the shapes in the figure f are as follows.

f = [Pt (4,4), Circle (5,5) 3, Rect (3,3) 7 2]

    • map width f [0,6,7]

  1. Define the function bbox that computes the bounding box of a shape.

bbox :: Shape -> BBox

The bounding boxes of the shapes in the figure f are as follows.

    • map bbox f [((4,4),(4,4)),((2,2),(8,8)),((3,3),(10,5))]

  1. Define the function minX that computes the minimum x coordinate of a shape.

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minX :: Shape -> Number

The minimum x coordinates of the shapes in the figure f are as follows.

    • map minX f [4,2,3]

  1. Define a function move that moves the position of a shape by a vector given by a point as its second argument.

move :: Shape -> Point -> Shape

It is probably a good idea to define and use an auxiliary function addPt :: Point -> Point -> Point, which adds two points component wise.

  1. Define a function alignLeft that transforms one figure into another one in which all shapes have the same minX coordinate but are otherwise unchanged.

alignLeft :: Figure -> Figure

Note: It might be helpful to define an auxiliary function moveToX :: Number -> Shape -> Shape that changes a shape’s position so that its minX coordinate is equal to the number given as first argument.

  1. Define a function inside that checks whether one shape is inside of another one, that is, whether the area covered by the first shape is also covered by the second shape.

inside :: Shape -> Shape -> Bool

Hint: Think about what one shape being inside another means for the bounding boxes of both shapes.

Note that this remark is meant to help with some cases, but it doesn’t solve all.