Homework 6 (Prolog) Solution

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Please follow carefully all of the following steps:

  1. Put all the definitions into one file named hw5.pl (!!! VERY IMPORTANT: use lowercase letters !!!). This file should contain the shown definitions of the when, where, and enroll predicates at the beginning. IMPORTANT: Do not include any extraneous entries for these predicates! If you want to test your predi-cate definitions with additional examples, please do this in a separate file. The file that you submit should have exactly the data shown in the exercise—no more, no less.

It is probably a good idea to download the file hw6.pl and to enter your predicate definitions into it.

  1. Submit only one solution per team (each team can have up to 5 members), through Canvas. List the names of all team members as a comment in the file.

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

Exercise 1. Database Application

Consider a database about classes, class times, classrooms, and student enrollment, given in the form of Prolog facts.

when(275,10). where(275,owen102). enroll(mary,275).

when(261,12). where(261,dear118). enroll(john,275).

when(381,11). where(381,cov216). enroll(mary,261).

when(398,12). where(398,dear118). enroll(john,381).

when(399,12). where(399,cov216). enroll(jim,399).

Define the following derived Prolog predicates by one or more rules. Note that the shown goals are just examples. You should define the predicates so that it is possible to formulate goals with variables or constants at any argument position. Hint: The inequality of, say two variables X and Y, can be expressed using the subgoal X \= Y.

  1. Define a predicate schedule/3 that gives for a student the classrooms and times of his or her taken classes, that is, if you evaluate the goal schedule(mary,P,T), Prolog should give the following result.

?- schedule(mary,P,T).

P = owen102


P = dear118


As another application of the schedule predicate, consider the goal schedule(S,cov216,T) that shows all students that are in the classroom cov216 together with the corresponding time.

?- schedule(S,cov216,T).

S = john


S = jim



CS 381, Spring 2020, Homework 6


  1. Define a predicate usage/2 that gives for a classroom all the times it is used. For example, the goal us-age(cov216,T) should yield the following result.

?- usage(cov216,T).



The goal usage(X,11) should list all classrooms that are used at 11.

  1. Define a predicate conflict/2 that can compute conflicts in the assignment of classes to classrooms. A conflict exists if two different classes are assigned to one classroom for the same time. The arguments of the conflict predicate are two class names. You can use the goal conflict(275,X) (or conflict(X,275)) to find out any classes that are in conflict with the class 275.

?- conflict(275,X).


The goal conflict(X,Y) determines all pairs of possible conflicts.

  1. Define a predicate meet/2 that can determine pairs of students that can meet in a classroom by either attending the same class or by having classes that are back to back in one classroom. The last condition means that a student Jim can meet any student who has a class that is in the same classroom and immediately follows Jim’s class. (Note that your definition of meet doesn’t have to be symmetric, that is, if students A and B can meet, then your implementation has to return Yes for meet(A,B) or meet(B,A), but not necessarily for both calls. You can ignore the case when students are enrolled in conflicting classes.)

Exercise 2. List Predicates and Arithmetic

Note: Do not use the predefined predicates flatten and nth. You are allowed to use predefined predicates, such

as append or member.

  1. Define a Prolog predicate rdup(L,M) to remove duplicates from an ordered list L. The resulting list should be bound to M. Note that M must contain each element of L exactly once and in the same order as in L. You can assume that L is an ordered list.

  1. Define a Prolog predicate flat(L,F) that binds to F the flat list of all elements in L (where L can be a possibly

nested list). For example, flat([a,b,[c,d],[],[[[e]]],f],L) yields L = [a,b,c,d,e,f].

  1. Define a Prolog predicate project/3 that selects elements from a list by their position and collects them in a result list. For example, the goal project([2,4,5],[a,b,c,d],L) should produce the answer L=[b,d]. You can assume that the numbers in the first list are strictly inreasing, that is, your implementation does not have

to care about situations like project([1,1,2],…) or project([2,4,3],…).