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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Textual notation for indexed summation, etc.

I grew up with mathematical notations such as
sum i=1,n n^i

Now, I really believe that our programming systems should support such mathematical systems.

But seeing as most don't, I often wrestle with textural notation.

Here's a pleasant textual notation I came up with today:


first, the usual sum or sigma:
sum for i from 1 to N of A[i]

to create a vector
v[i], i=1,n
::== vector for i from 1 to N of v[i]

combining
vector for j from 1 to N of
sum for i from 1 to N of A[j+i]*B[j+N-i]

other
integral for i from 1 to N of f(i)
union for i from 1 to N of f(i)
intersection for i from 1 to N of f(i)
product for i from 1 to N of f(i)
continued fraction for i from 1 to N of f(i)
::== 1/(1+1/(f(1)+1/(1+1/f(2) + ...

2D
array
for i from 1 to M,
for j from 1 to N
of A[i,j]

3D
array
for i from 1 to N,
for j from 1 to M,
for k from 1 to L
of A[i,j,k]

shaped
array
for i from 1 to N,
for j from i to 2*i,
for k from 1 to j
of A[i,j,k]

1 comment:

Jake Vortex said...

I think that would translate pretty cleaning into python.