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I’ve implemented the amb evaluator fully before starting with section 4.3 – it can be downloaded here

Exercise 4.50

I will use the existing amb, passing it a shuffled list of choices:

(defun ramb? (exp) (tagged-list? exp 'ramb))

(defun analyze-ramb (exp)
  (analyze-amb 
    (cons 'ramb 
          (shuffle-list (amb-choices exp)))))

shuffle-list is this naive1 procedure:

(defun shuffle-list (lst)
  (sort lst #'(lambda (x y) (zerop (random 2)))))

And finally, this has to be added to the cond in analyze.:

  ((ramb? exp)
    (analyze-ramb exp))

Exercise 4.51

Adding this to the cond in analyze.:

  ((permanent-set? exp)
    (analyze-permanent-set exp))

And this is the implementation:

(defun permanent-set? (exp) (tagged-list? exp 'permanent-set!))

(defun analyze-permanent-set (exp)
  (let ((var (assignment-variable exp))
        (vproc (analyze. (assignment-value exp))))
    (lambda (env succeed fail)
      (funcall vproc
        env
        (lambda (val fail2)
          (set-variable-value! var val env)
          (funcall succeed
            'ok
            (lambda ()
              (funcall fail2))))
        fail))))

Note that it’s very similar to analyze-assignment, except taht it doesn’t roll back the old value in the fail continuation passed to vproc.

Exercise 4.52

(defun analyze-if-fail (exp)
  (let ((pproc (analyze. (if-predicate exp)))
        (cproc (analyze. (if-consequent exp))))
    (lambda (env succeed fail)
      (funcall pproc
        env
        (lambda (pred-value fail2)
          (if (true? pred-value)    
            pred-value
            (funcall fail)))
        (lambda ()
          (funcall cproc env succeed fail))))))

With the usual additions to the evaluator:

(defun if-fail? (exp) (tagged-list? exp 'if-fail))

And into analyze.:

  ((if-fail? exp)
    (analyze-if-fail exp))

Exercise 4.53

It prints:

((8 35) (3 110) (3 20))

Although the let form always fails (it calls (amb) as its last statement), the pairs get added into pairs, because permanent-set! doesn’t roll assignments back from failed paths.

Exercise 4.54

(defun analyze-s-require (exp)
  (let ((pproc (analyze. (s-require-predicate exp))))
    (lambda (env succeed fail)
      (funcall pproc
        env
        (lambda (pred-value fail2)
          (if (not (true? pred-value))
            (funcall fail)
            (funcall succeed 'ok fail2)))
        fail))))

1 It’s naive because it’s inefficient and doesn’t produce a perfect shuffle. Rather, the shuffle depends on the sorting algorithm. However, for our needs here, this shuffle is fine.


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