Fundamentals of Computer Science I (CS151.01 2006F)

Exam 3: Advanced Scheming

Distributed: Wednesday, 22 November 2006
Due: 9:00 a.m., Friday, 1 December 2006
No extensions.

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There are five problems on the exam. Some problems have subproblems. Each problem is worth twenty (20) points. The point value associated with a problem does not necessarily correspond to the complexity of the problem or the time required to solve the problem.

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Problem 1: Is it Sorted?

Topics: Sorting, Orderings, Higher-order procedures, Objects

As you've probably noticed, there are two key postconditions of a procedure that sorts lists: The result is a permutation of the original list and the result is sorted. We're fortunate that the unit test framework lets us test permutations (with test-permutation!). Hence, if we wanted to test merge sort in the unit test framework, we might write

(define some-list ...)
(test-permutation! (merge-sort some-list pred?) some-list)

However, we still need a way to make sure that the result is sorted, particularly if the result is very long.

a. [5 points] Document a procedure, (sorted? lst may-precede?) that checks whether or not lst is sorted by may-precede?.

b. [5 points] Write that procedure.

For example,

> (sorted? (list 1 3 5 7 9) <)
> (sorted? (list 1 3 5 4 7 9) <)
> (sorted? (list "alpha" "beta" "gamma") string<?)

Note that we can use that procedure in a test suite for any sorting routine with

(test! (sorted? (sort some-list may-precede?) may-precede?) #t)

c. [10 points] Suppose that we are representing students in this class with objects, as in the file student-object.scm.

Suppose also that we have stored all of the student records in a list, csc151.

i. Write an expression that checks whether csc151 is sorted by student id (from alphabetically first to alphabetically last).

ii. Write an expression that checks whether csc151 is sorted by participation grade, from largest to smallest.

iii. Write an expression that checks whether csc151 is sorted by name, from alphabetically first to alphabetically last. (Students may have the same last name; two students with the same last name should be ordered by first name.)

iv. Write an expression that checks whether csc151 is sorted by average exam grade, from largest to smallest.

v. Write an expression that checks whether csc151 is sorted by graduation year (class) and, within graduation year, is sorted by last name. (You need not worry about first names.)

Problem 2: A map! for Vectors

Topics: Vectors, Higher-order procedures, map, Objects

As you may recall, the map procedure typically takes two parameters, a unary procedure and a list, and then builds a new list by applying the procedure to each element of the list. One definition of this simple version follows. (Advanced Schemers know that the built-in map can take more than two parameters; but that's irrelevant to this problem.)

(define map
  (lambda (proc lst)
    (if (null? lst)
        (cons (proc (car lst)) (map proc (cdr lst))))))

As you've seen many times this semester, we often find it useful to write vector procedures that mimic (or at least are similar to) list procedures. For the case of map, we might write a map! that applies a procedure to each element of a vector, modifying the value in place.

For example,

> (define grades (vector 80 70 85 90))
> grades
#4(80 70 85 90)
> (map! (l-s + 5) grades) ; give everyone five points
> grades
#4(85 75 90 95)
> (map! (compose exact->inexact (r-s / 25)) grades) ; Divide grades by 25 for 4-point scale
> grades
#4(3.4 3.0 3.6 3.8)

a. [5 points] Document the map! procedure.

b. [10 points] Implement the map! procedure.

c. [5 points] In student-object.scm, you will find an implementation of a simple student object. Build a vector of five randomly-generated student objects. Then, use map! to give each of them one additional homework grade, a plus.

Problem 3: Folding

Topics: Higher-order procedures

As you may recall, we began our investigation of recursion by considering how we might step through a list of numbers, adding them (or multiplying them or ...). Here are variants of the two versions we wrote:

One uses simple recursion:

(define sumr
  (lambda (numbers)
    (if (null? (cdr numbers))
        (car numbers)
        (+ (car numbers) (sumr (cdr numbers))))))

The other uses a helper that accumulates the results.

(define suml
  (letrec ((kernel 
             (lambda (remaining so-far)
                     (if (null? remaining)
                         (kernel (cdr remaining) (+ so-far (car remaining)))))))
    (lambda (numbers)
      (kernel (cdr numbers) (car numbers)))))

If you think carefully about it, the two processes compute results slightly differently. Given the list (n0 n1 n2 n3 n4), the first computes

(+ n0 (+ n1 (+ n2 (+ n3 n4))))

while the second computes

(+ (+ (+ (+ n0 n1) n2) n3) n4)

For addition, this doesn't make a difference. If the operation were subtraction, it would certainly make a difference.

Now, the process of inserting a binary operation into a list of values is quite common. We've seen it for addition, subtraction, and multiplication. We might also use it for appending strings and many other operations. Computer scientists have various names for such a process. We'll call it fold, but others use insert (as in insert this procedure) or reduce.

a. [5 points] Write a procedure, (foldr proc lst) that mimics sumr, but with proc in place of +. That is, (foldr proc (list v0 v1 v2 ... vn-1 vn)) should compute

(proc v0 (proc v1 (proc v3 (... (proc vn-1  vn) ... a))))

For example,

> (foldr + (list 1 2 3 4))
> (foldr * (list 1 2 3 4))
> (foldr - (list 1 2 3 4))
> (foldr (lambda (s1 s2) (string-append s1 ", " s2))
     (list "sentient" "malicious" "powerful" "stupid"))
"sentient, malicious, powerful, stupid"
> (foldr list (list 'a 'b 'c 'd 'e))
(a (b (c (d e))))

b. [5 points] Write a procedure, (foldl proc lst) that mimics suml, but with proc in place of +. That is, (foldl proc (list v0 v1 v2 ... vn-1 vn)) should compute

(proc ... (proc (proc (proc v0 v1) v2) v3) ... vn)

For example,

> (foldl + (list 1 2 3 4))
> (foldl * (list 1 2 3 4))
> (foldl - (list 1 2 3 4))
> (foldl (lambda (s1 s2) (string-append s1 ", " s2))
     (list "sentient" "malicious" "powerful" "stupid"))
"sentient, malicious, powerful, stupid"
> (foldl list (list 'a 'b 'c 'd 'e))
((((a b) c) d) e)

c. [10 points] Some computer scientists prefer an alternate version of fold, which we'll call folder. Rather than taking two parameters, their folder takes only one, proc, a binary procedure. The folder procedure then returns a new, variable-arity, procedure, that inserts proc between its arguments. For example,

> (define comma-splice (lambda (s1 s2) (string-append s1 ", " s2)))
> (comma-splice "Fred" "Barney")
"Fred, Barney"
> (comma-splice "George" "Jane" "Elroy" "Judy")
procedure comma-splice: expects 2 arguments, given 4: "George" "Jane" "Elroy" "Judy"
> (comma-splice "Scooby-Doo")
procedure comma-splice: expects 2 arguments, given 1: "Scooby-Doo"
> (define comma-splicer (folderr (lambda (s1 s2) (string-append s1 ", " s2))))
> (comma-splicer "Fred" "Barney")
"Fred, Barney"
> (comma-splicer "George" "Jane" "Elroy" "Judy")
"George, Jane, Elroy, Judy"
> (comma-splicer "Scooby-Doo")

Implement folderr or folderl.

Problem 4: Not Quite Binary Search

Topics: Binary search, Randomness, Counting Steps

As you may recall, the binary search procedure quickly searches through sorted vectors by keeping track of a region of the vector in which a value should fall. At each step, it identifies the midpoint of the region, grabs the value at that region, compares it to the desired value, and narrows the region.

Some have criticized this procedure for being too predictable. Rather than choosing the middle of the region, they think we should choose a random dividing point.

Let's see what happens with this technique for vectors of integers (so that you don't have to worry about what comparison routine to use). In particular, we'll define a procedure (rbsi val vals) that searches for val in the sorted vector of integers, vals, and returns an index of val if it appears or #f if it does not appear. (Note that rbsi stands for random binary search for integers.)

a. [5 points] Document this alternate version of binary search.

b. [5 points] Implement this alternate version of binary search.

c. [10 points] Traditional binary search takes approximately log2n recursive calls for a vector of length n. Experimentally determine whether this version takes approximately the same number of steps.

You may find the following procedure useful for building sorted vectors:

(define random-sorted-vector
  (letrec ((kernel 
            (lambda (vec pos len seed)
              (if (= pos len)
                    (vector-set! vec pos seed)
                    (kernel vec (+ pos 1) len (+ seed (random 5))))))))
    (lambda (len)
      (kernel (make-vector len 0) 0 len (random 5)))))

For example,

> (random-sorted-vector 15)
#15(3 3 7 9 10 12 15 17 21 25 27 28 30 34 36)
> (random-sorted-vector 15)
#15(3 6 7 10 11 12 13 17 20 22 24 28 31 31 35)
> (random-sorted-vector 15)
#15(0 3 4 6 7 8 11 14 16 19 23 26 30 33)

You may find the following procedure useful for figuring out the value of log2n

(define log2 (lambda (x) (/ (log x) (log 2))))

For example,

> (log2 16)
> (log2 1024)
> (log2 1000)
> (log2 (* 1024 1024))

Problem 5: More Higher-Order Procedures

Topics: Higher-order procedures, map

Although we've used the map procedure with two parameters, a procedure and a list, it can take an arbitrary number of parameters. For example,

> (map list (list 1 2 3) (list 'a 'b 'c) (list "he" "she" "it"))
((1 a "he") (2 b "she") (3 c "it"))
> (map + (list 1 2 3) (list 4 4 4) (list 2 3 5) (list 100 200 300))
(107 209 312)

Scheme also provides an apply procedure, which acts similarly to the streme-apply we've written previously.

> (apply + (list 1 2 3))
> (apply sqrt (list 4))

a. [10 points]: By conducting some experiments (that is, by entering a variety of expressions and seeing their results) and by reading documentation, figure out what map does when given more than two parameters. Explain it in your own words. (Make sure to note any restrictions on the parameters.) Include at least three illustrative examples.

b. [10 points]: By conducting some experiments (that is, by entering a variety of expressions and seeing their results) and by reading documentation, figure out what apply does. Explain it in your own words. (Make sure to note any restrictions on the parameters.) Include at least three illustrative examples.

Some Questions and Answers

These are some of the questions students have asked about the exam and my answers to those questions.

Questions on Problem 1

What are the elements of csc151?
It's a list of students. Here's a straightforward way to make a three element list of random students.
(define csc151 (list (random-student) (random-student) (random-student)))
How can we generate a longer list?
Write a longer definition. Write a procedure that generates an arbitrary length list of random students. Whatever you find most natural.
How should we handle situations in which the two values are equal and may-precede? is <?
Arguably, may-precede? should be <= rather than < (which is more accurately precedes?). However, you can do whatever you see fit, provided you document what you've done.
What should the expressions for part c look like?
(sorted? csc151 (lambda (s1 s2) ...))
In what order should graduation year and last name be sorted?
Graduation year should be in increasing order. Within each year, students should be in order by last name, from alphabetically first to alphabetically last.
How do I get access to the code from student-object.scm?
You could copy and paste the code into your exam or you could load that code with
(load "/home/rebelsky/Web/Courses/CS151/2006F/Examples/student-object.scm")

Questions on Problem 2

What types should the map! procedure support?
The map! procedure should accept any vector as its second argument. The first argument should be a procedure. It is up to you to document any restrictions on the procedure argument.
Does map! need to support empty vectors?
How do I get access to the code from student-object.scm?
See the answer to the previous question.
Do you realize that (student ':add-homework! 'plus) returns void?
So, how do we use map! to modify the vector?
Write an anonymous procedure that both adds the grade and returns the modified student.
May I use vector->list?

Questions on Problem 3

Can you give me a hint as to the structure for folderr?
Sure. You're writing a procedure of one parameter, and it needs to return a variable-arity procedure, so the form should be something like the following:
(define folderr
  (lambda (proc)
    (lambda params
I've found that in implementing variable arity procedures, I often need a kernel. What if I want to write a recursive kernel, too?
Well, if you insist upon writing a recursive kernel, you probably want something like the following:
(define folderr
  (letrec ((kernel
            (lambda (proc params)
    (lambda (proc)
      (lambda params
The tone of your previous answer suggests that you don't think that a kernel is necessary.
I don't. However, if the most natural way for you solve this is to use a recursive kernel, then use a recursive kernel. Whatever floats your boat, as they say.
Doesn't the comma belong inside the question mark in the previous answer?
I use British style for quotations, rather than American style, because I feel that British style is more logical.
Do we get extra credit for making both folderl and folderr?
Do foldr or foldl have to handle empty lists?

Questions on Problem 4

I've found it easier to count only recursive calls, and not the outermost call. This means that when it guesses right on the first call, it seems to take 0 steps. Is it okay if we don't count the outermost call to our procedure?
Yes, that's okay.

Questions on Problem 5

Other Questions

Why does Dr. Davis have fewer questions on part 1.c?
Perhaps she's nicer than I am.


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