Exercise 6.1 Let’s call a list doubled if it is made of two consecutive blocks of elements that are exactly the same. For example, [a,b,c,a,b,c] is doubled (it’s made up of [a,b,c] followed by [a,b,c] ) and so is [foo,gubble,foo,gubble] . On the other hand, [foo,gubble,foo] is not doubled. Write a predicate doubled(List) which succeeds when List is a doubled list.
Exercise 6.2 A palindrome is a word or phrase that spells the same forwards and backwards. For example, ‘rotator’, ‘eve’, and ‘nurses run’ are all palindromes. Write a predicate palindrome(List) , which checks whether List is a palindrome. For example, to the queries
Prolog should respond yes, but to the query
it should respond no.
Exercise 6.3 Write a predicate toptail(InList,OutList) which says no if InList is a list containing fewer than 2 elements, and which deletes the first and the last elements of InList and returns the result as OutList , when InList is a list containing at least 2 elements. For example:
(Hint: here’s where append/3 comes in useful.)
- Define last/2 using the predicate rev/2 discussed in the text.
- Define last/2 using recursion.
Exercise 6.5 Write a predicate swapfl(List1,List2) which checks whether List1 is identical to List2 , except that the first and last elements are exchanged. Here’s where append/3 could come in useful again, but it is also possible to write a recursive definition without appealing to append/3 (or any other) predicates.
There is a street with three neighbouring houses that all have a different colour, namely red, blue, and green. People of different nationalities live in the different houses and they all have a different pet. Here are some more facts about them:
- The Englishman lives in the red house.
- The jaguar is the pet of the Spanish family.
- The Japanese lives to the right of the snail keeper.
- The snail keeper lives to the left of the blue house.
Who keeps the zebra? Don’t work it out for yourself: define a predicate zebra/1 that tells you the nationality of the owner of the zebra!
(Hint: Think of a representation for the houses and the street. Code the four constraints in Prolog. You may find member/2 and sublist/2 useful.)