Homework 10:

Due by 11:59pm on Thursday, 4/25


Download hw10.zip.

Note that this homework will require you to code in both Scheme and Python. Your solutions to questions 1-3 should be placed in hw10.scm, and your solutions to question 4 should be placed in hw10.py.

Our course uses a custom version of Scheme (which you will build for Project 4) included in the starter ZIP archive. To start the interpreter, type python3 scheme. To run a Scheme program interactively, type python3 scheme -i <file.scm>. To exit the Scheme interpreter, type (exit).

Submission: When you are done, submit with python3 ok --submit. You may submit more than once before the deadline; only the final submission will be scored. Check that you have successfully submitted your code on okpy.org. See Lab 0 for more instructions on submitting assignments.

Using Ok: If you have any questions about using Ok, please refer to this guide.

Readings: You might find the following references useful:

Grading: Homework is graded based on effort, not correctness. However, there is no partial credit; you must show substantial effort on every problem to receive any points.

Q1: Accumulate

Fill in the definition for the procedure accumulate, which combines the first n natural numbers according to the following parameters:

  1. combiner: a function of two arguments
  2. start: a number with which to start combining
  3. n: the number of natural numbers to combine
  4. term: a function of one argument that computes the nth term of a sequence

For example, we can find the product of all the numbers from 1 to 5 by using the multiplication operator as the combiner, and starting our product at 1:

scm> (define (identity x) x)
scm> (accumulate * 1 5 identity)  ; 1 * 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5

We can also find the sum of the squares of the same numbers by using the addition operator as the combiner and square as the term:

scm> (define (square x) (* x x))
scm> (accumulate + 0 5 square)  ; 0 + 1^2 + 2^2 + 3^2 + 4^2 + 5^2
scm> (accumulate + 5 5 square)  ; 5 + 1^2 + 2^2 + 3^2 + 4^2 + 5^2

You may assume that the combiner will always be commutative: i.e. the order of arguments do not matter.

(define (accumulate combiner start n term)

Use Ok to test your code:

python3 ok -q accumulate

Q2: Tail Recursive Accumulate

Update your implementation of accumulate to be tail recursive. It should still pass all the tests for "regular" accumulate!

You may assume that the input combiner and term procedures are properly tail recursive.

If your implementation for accumulate in the previous question is already tail recursive, you may simply copy over that solution (replacing accumulate with accumulate-tail as appropriate).

If you're running into an recursion depth exceeded error and you're using the staff interpreter, it's very likely your solution is not properly tail recursive.

We test that your solution is tail recursive by calling accumulate-tail with a very large input. If your solution is not tail recursive and does not use a constant number of frames, it will not be able to successfully run.

(define (accumulate-tail combiner start n term)

Use Ok to test your code:

python3 ok -q accumulate-tail

Q3: Run-Length Encoding

Run-length encoding is a very simple data compression technique, whereby runs of data are compressed and stored as a single value. A run is defined to be a contiguous sequence of the same number. For example, in the (finite) sequence

1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 6, 6, 6, 6, 2, 5, 5, 5

there are four runs: one each of 1, 6, 2, and 5. We can represent the same sequence as a sequence of two-element lists:

(1 5), (6 4), (2 1), (5 3)

Notice that the first element of each list is the number in a run, and the second element is the number of times that number appears in the run.

We will extend this idea to streams. Write a function called rle that takes in a stream of data, and returns a corresponding stream of two-element lists, which represents the run-length encoded version of the stream. You do not have to consider compressing infinite streams - the stream passed in will eventually terminate with nil.

scm> (define s (cons-stream 1 (cons-stream 1 (cons-stream 2 nil))))
scm> (define encoding (rle s))
scm> (car encoding)  ; Run of number 1 of length 2
(1 2)
scm> (car (cdr-stream encoding))  ; Run of number 2 of length 1
(2 1)
scm> (define s (list-to-stream '(1 1 2 2 2 3))) ; Makes a stream with the same elements as the list passed in
scm> (stream-to-list (rle s)) 
((1 2) (2 3) (3 1))
(define (rle s)

Use Ok to test your code:

python3 ok -q rle

Q4: Generate Paths

Define a generator function generate_paths which takes in a Tree t, a value x, and returns a generator object which yields each path from the root of t to a node that has label x.

Each path should be represented as a list of the labels along that path in the tree. You may yield the paths in any order.

def generate_paths(t, x):
    """Yields all possible paths from the root of t to a node with the label x
    as a list.

    >>> t1 = Tree(1, [Tree(2, [Tree(3), Tree(4, [Tree(6)]), Tree(5)]), Tree(5)])
    >>> print(t1)
    >>> next(generate_paths(t1, 6))
    [1, 2, 4, 6]
    >>> path_to_5 = generate_paths(t1, 5)
    >>> sorted(list(path_to_5))
    [[1, 2, 5], [1, 5]]

    >>> t2 = Tree(0, [Tree(2, [t1])])
    >>> print(t2)
    >>> path_to_2 = generate_paths(t2, 2)
    >>> sorted(list(path_to_2))
    [[0, 2], [0, 2, 1, 2]]
    "*** YOUR CODE HERE ***"

Use Ok to test your code:

python3 ok -q generate_paths