`mid : P-> `__P__

, and a
+composition operator like `>=> : (P->`__Q__) -> (Q->__R__) -> (P->__R__)

.
-We will also move freely back and forth between using `>=>` and using `<=<` (aka `mcomp`), which
+As we said in the notes, we'll move freely back and forth between using `>=>` and using `<=<` (aka `mcomp`), which
is just `>=>` with its arguments flipped. `<=<` has the virtue that it corresponds more
closely to the ordinary mathematical symbol `â`. But `>=>` has the virtue
that its types flow more naturally from left to right.
-Anyway, `mid` and (let's say) `<=<` have to obey the following Monad Laws:
+Anyway, `mid` and (let's say) `<=<` have to obey the Monad Laws:
mid <=< k = k
k <=< mid = k
@@ -93,7 +95,7 @@ Anyway, `mid` and (let's say) `<=<` have to obey the following Monad Laws:
For example, the Identity monad has the identity function `I` for `mid`
and ordinary function composition `â` for `<=<`. It is easy to prove
that the laws hold for any terms `j`, `k`, and `l` whose types are
-suitable for `mid` and `>=>`:
+suitable for `mid` and `<=<`:
mid <=< k == I â k == \p. I (k p) ~~> \p. k p ~~> k
k <=< mid == k â I == \p. k (I p) ~~> \p. k p ~~> k
@@ -101,30 +103,30 @@ suitable for `mid` and `>=>`:
(j <=< k) <=< l == (\p. j (k p)) â l == \q. (\p. j (k p)) (l q) ~~> \q. j (k (l q))
j <=< (k <=< l) == j â (k â l) == j â (\p. k (l p)) == \q. j ((\p. k (l p)) q) ~~> \q. j (k (l q))
-1. On a number of occasions, we've used the Option type to make our
+1. On a number of occasions, we've used the Option/Maybe type to make our
conceptual world neat and tidy (for instance, think of [[our discussion
of Kaplan's Plexy|topics/week6_plexy]]). As we learned in class, there is a natural monad
-for the Option type. Borrowing the notation of OCaml, let's say that
-"`'a option`" is the type of a boxed `'a`, whatever type `'a` is.
+for the Option type. Using the vocabulary of OCaml, let's say that
+`'a option` is the type of a boxed `'a`, whatever type `'a` is.
More specifically,
type 'a option = None | Some 'a
-(If you have trouble keeping straight what is the OCaml terminology for this and what is the Haskell terminology, don't worry, we do too.)
+ (If you have trouble keeping straight what is the OCaml terminology for this and what is the Haskell terminology, don't worry, we do too.)
-Now the obvious singleton for the Option monad is `\p. Some p`. Give
+ Now the obvious singleton for the Option monad is `\p. Some p`. Give
(or reconstruct) either of the composition operators `>=>` or `<=<`.
Show that your composition operator obeys the Monad Laws.
-2. Do the same with lists. That is, given an arbitrary type
-`'a`, let the boxed type be `['a]` or `'a list`, that is, lists of objects of type `'a`. The singleton
-is `\p. [p]`, and the composition operator is:
+2. Do the same with lists. That is, given an arbitrary type
+`'a`, let the boxed type be `['a]` or `'a list`, that is, lists of values of type `'a`. The `mid`
+is the singleton function `\p. [p]`, and the composition operator is:
let (>=>) (j : 'a -> 'b list) (k : 'b -> 'c list) : 'a -> 'c list =
fun a -> List.flatten (List.map k (j a))
-For example:
+ For example:
- let j a = [a; a+1];;
- let k b = [b*b; b+b];;
- (j >=> k) 7 (* ==> [49; 14; 64; 16] *)
+ let j a = [a; a+1];;
+ let k b = [b*b; b+b];;
+ (j >=> k) 7 (* ==> [49; 14; 64; 16] *)