CS61A Lab 6: Nonlocal Assignment and Shakespeare

Week 6, Fall 2012


Predict the result of evaluating the following calls in the interpreter. Then try them out yourself!

>>> def make_funny_adder(n):
        def adder(x):
            if x == 'new':
                nonlocal n
                n = n + 1
                return x + n
        return adder

>>> h = make_funny_adder(3)

>>> h(5)

>>> j = make_funny_adder(7)

>>> j(5)

>>> h('new')

>>> h(5)

>>> j(5)

Write a function make_fib that returns a function that returns the next Fibonnaci number each time it is called. Examples:

>>> fib = make_fib()

>>> fib()

>>> fib()

>>> fib()


Shakespeare and Dictionaries

First, let's talk about dictionaries. Dictionaries are simpl an unordered set of key-value pairs. To create a dictionary, use the following syntax:

>>> webster = {'Shawn': 'pineapple', 'Gus': 'blueberry'}

The curly braces denote the key-value pairs in your dictionary. Each key-value pair is separated by a coma, and for each pair the key appears to the left of the colon and the value appears to the right of the colon. You can retrieve values from your dictionary by 'indexing' using the key:

>>> webster['Shawn']

>>> webster['Gus']

You can modify an entry for an existing key in the dictionary using the following syntax. Adding a new key follows the identical syntax!

>>> webster['Shawn'] = 'strawberry'

>>> webster['Shawn']

>>> webster['Carlton'] = 'donut' # new entry!

>>> webster['Carlton']

Now that you know how dictionaries work, we can move on to our next step - approximating the entire works of Shakespeare! We're going to use a bigram language model. Here's the idea: We start with some word - we'll use "The" as an example. Then we look through all of the texts of Shakespeare and for every instance of "The" we record the word that follows "The" and add it to a list, known as the successors of "The". Now suppose we've done this for every word Shakespeare has used, ever.

Let's go back to "The". Now, we randomly choose a word from this list, say "cat". Then we look up the successors of "cat" and randomly choose a word from that list, and we continue this process. This eventually will terminate in a period (".") and we will have generated a Shakespearean sentence!

The object that we'll be looking things up in is called a 'sucessor table', although really it's just a dictionary. The keys in this dictionary are words, and the vvalues are lists of successors to those words.

A copy of the framework code is located in ~cs61a/lib/shakespeare.py - you should copy it to your directory

Here's an incomplete definition of the build_successors_table function. The input is a list of words (corresponding to a Shakespearean text), and the output is a successors table. (By default, the first word is a successor to '.'). See the example below:

>>> def build_successors_table(tokens):
        table = {}
        prev = '.'
        for word in tokens:
            if prev in table:
                "***FILL THIS IN***"

                "***FILL THIS IN***"
            prev = word
        return table

>>> text = ['We', 'came', 'to', 'investigate', ',', 'catch', 'bad', 'guys', 'and', 'to', 'eat', 'pie', '.']

>>> table = build_successors_table(text)

>>> table
{'and': ['to'], 'We': ['came'], 'bad': ['guys'], 'pie': ['.'], ',': ['catch'], '.': ['We'], 'to': ['investigate', 'eat'], 'investigate': [','], 'catch': ['bad'], 'guys': ['and'], 'eat': ['pie'], 'came': ['to']}

Let's generate some sentences1 Suppose we're given a starting word. We can look up this word in our table to find its list of successors, and then randomly select a word from this list to be the next word in the sentence. Then we just repeat until we reach some ending punctuation. (Note: to randomly select from a list, first make sure you import the Python random library with import random and then use the expression random.choice(my_list)) This might not be a bad time to play around with adding strings together as well. To get you started:

>>> def construct_sent(word, table):
     import random
     result = ''
     while word not in ['.', '!', '?']:
                "**FILL THIS IN**"

    return result + word

Great! Now all that's left is to run our functions with some actual code. The folowing snippet will return a list containing the words in all of the works of Shakespeare (warning: do not try to print the return result of this function):

>>>def shakespeare_tokens(path = 'shakespeare.txt', url = 'http://inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~cs61a/fa11/shakespeare.txt'):
        """Return the words of Shakespeare's plays as a list"""
        import os
        from urllib.request import urlopen
        if os.path.exists(path):
                return open('shakespeare.txt', encoding='ascii').read().split()
                shakespeare = urlopen(url)
                return shakespeare.read().decode(encoding='ascii').split()

Next, we probably want an easy way to refer to our list of tokens and our successors table. Let's make the following assignments:

>>>tokens = shakespeare_tokens()

>>>table = build_successors_table(tokens)

Finally, let's define an easy to call utility function:

>>>def sent():
    return construct_sent('The', table)

>>> sent()
" The plebeians have done us must be news-cramm'd "

>>> sent()
" The ravish'd thee , with the mercy of beauty "

>>> sent()
" The bird of Tunis , or two white and plucker down with better ; that's God's sake "