Mark Hinkle (mhinkle@VT.EDU)
Tue, 25 Apr 2000 02:04:40 -0400
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.email@example.com> Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 02:04:40 -0400 From: Mark Hinkle <mhinkle@VT.EDU> Subject: Re: [CS3304_1381] Help with cut
On Tue, 25 Apr 2000, Nathan Conklin wrote:
> > How can I slim down the answers I get returned from a predicate to 1? For
> > example, term([2,times,3,times,4],N). returns all of
> > N = [24|1] ;
> > N = [[24|1], 1] ;
> > N = [[24|1], ] ;
> > N = [6|1] ;
> > N = [[6|1], 1] ;
> > N = [[6|1], [times, 4]] ;
> > N = [2|1] ;
> > N = [[2|1], [times, 3, times, 4]] ;
> > I just want the first answer. I'm pretty sure I need to use cut(!) but
> > the all documentation I've been able to find on its use is pretty
> > slim. Has anyone used it successfully, and could you please post a crash
> > course on it?
> Using cut will probably not be want you want in most cases. This is
> because you want the backtracking mechanism of Prolog to help out. What I
> suggest doing is implementing your OR conditions similar to:
> I have found this to help so that a predicate returns only one value.
> Then, you will need to find each the predicates that you can apply this to.
*or*?? I totally forgot about or'ing statements. I stumbled upon how to
use the cuts just by trial & error. I'd say my program is 95% done and I
dont have a single or.. teehee. and my code is very readable
too... guess im just doing it the alternative way.
i guess i could slim down my code a little with some if then else's, but
that depends on how tired i get.
Any tips/hints on writing the report? That still seems to be where I lose
all my points... even after having done it 3 times before. It has gotten
quite frustrating... i thought this was a class where we learned different
languages, not where we were graded on how well we can write a report.
That's what our technical writing class was for. OK.. sorry. Had to blow
a little steam there. I dont mean to bitch. Some tips would still be
Thanks for all your help Nathan.
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