Fundamentals of Computer Science I (CS151 2003F)

Local Procedures and Recursion

Summary: In this laboratory, we consider the various techniques for creating local recursive procedures, particularly letrec and named let. We also review related issues, such as husk-and-kernel programming.



Exercise 0: Preparation

a. Review the corresponding notes on letrec and named let.

b. Start DrScheme.

Exercise 1: The Last Element

a. Define a recursive procedure, last-of-list, a recursive procedure that returns the last element of a list.

b. Using that procedure, compute the sum of the last elements of the lists (3 8 2), (7), and (8 5 9 8).

Note that you will probably need to make three calls to last-of-list.

c. Rewrite your solutions to the previous two problems using a letrec-expression in which

The body of your expression should invoke last-of-list three times.

Note that you are to write an expression and not a procedure (other than the local last-of-list) for part c of this exercise.

Exercise 2: Alternating Lists

A non-empty list is an s-n-alternator if its elements are alternately symbols and numbers, beginning with a symbol. It is an n-s-alternator if its elements are alternately numbers and symbols, beginning with a number.

Write a letrec expression in which

Your letrec expression should have the form

  ((s-n-alternator? ...)
   (n-s-alternator? ...))

Note: By mutually recursive, we mean two procedures that call each other.

Exercise 3: Iota, Revisited

As you may recall, Iota takes a natural number as argument and returns a list of all the lesser natural numbers in ascending order.

a. Define and test a version of the iota procedure that uses letrec to pack an appropriate kernel inside a husk that performs precondition testing. This version of iota should look something like

(define iota
  (lambda (num)
    (letrec ((kernel ...))

b. Define and test a version of the iota procedure that uses a named let. This version of iota should look something like

(define iota
  (lambda (num)
    (let kernel (...) 

Exercise 4: Taking Some Elements

Define and test a procedure, (take lst len), returns a list consisting of the first len elements of the list, lst, in their original order.

The procedure should signal an error if lst is not a list, if len is not an exact integer, if len is negative, or if len is greater than the length of lst.

Note that in order to signal such errors, you may want to take advantage of the husk-and-kernel programming style.

Exercise 5: Intersection

a. Define and test a procedure (intersection left right) that takes two lists of symbols as arguments and returns a list of which the elements are precisely those symbols that are elements of both left and right.

b. What does your procedure do if a symbol appears in both lists and appears more than once in one or both of the lists?

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