Adventure in Prolog by Dennis Merritt
By Dennis Merritt
Not in the past" Dennis Merritt wrote the best books that i do know of approximately enforcing professional platforms in Prolog, and that i was once very joyful he released it in our sequence. the single challenge is there are nonetheless a few unlucky humans round who have no idea Prolog and aren't sufficiently ready both to learn Merritt's booklet, or to exploit this tremendous efficient language, be it for knowledge-based paintings or perhaps for daily programming. almost certainly this final assertion may perhaps shock you for those who have been below the effect that Prolog was once an "artificial intelligence language" with very restricted program power. Please think this editor's assertion that on the contrary is right: for a minimum of 4 years, i've been utilizing Prolog for each programming activity during which i'm given the choice of selecting the language. as a result, I 'am certainly chuffed that Dennis Merritt has written one other sturdy ebook on my language of selection, and that it meets the excessive common he set along with his earlier publication, construction professional structures in Prolog. All that continues to be for me to do is to want you good fortune and pleasure whilst setting out in your experience in Prolog.
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You are to predict the answers to the query and then try them in Prolog to see if you are correct. If you are not, trace the queries to better understand them. 28 Adventure in Prolog Nonsense Prolog 1- Consider the following Prolog database easy(1 ). easy(2). easy(3). gizmo(a,1 ). gizmo(b,3). gizmo(a,2). gizmo(d,5). gizmo(c,3). gizmo(a,3). gizmo(c,4). and predict the answers to the queries below, including an alternatives when the semicolon (;) is entered at the arrow (- » prompt. - easy(2). easy(X).
3. Trace of a compound query 36 Adventure in Prolog Built-in Predicates Up to this point we have been satisfied with the format Prolog uses to give us answers. We will now see how to generate output that is customized to our needs. The example win be a query tpat lists an of the items in the kitchen. This will require performing I/O and forcing the interpreter to automatically backtrack to find aU solutions. To do this, we need to understand the concept of the built-in (evaluable) predicate. A built-in predicate is predefined by Prolog.
Gizmo(c,4). Compound Queries 41 harder(a,1 ). harder(c,X). harder(b,4). harder(d,2). Predict the results of the following queries. Then try them and trace them to see if you were correct. - gizmo(a,X),easy(X). gizmo(c,X),easy(X). gizmo(d,Z),easy(Z). easy(Y),gizmo(X,Y). - write('report'), nl, easy(T), write(T), gizmo(M,T), tab(2), write(M), fail. - write('buggy'), nl, easy(Z), write(X), gizmo(Z,X), tab(2), write(Z), fail. - easy(X),harder(Y,X). - harder(Y,X),easy(X). Adventure Game 2- Experiment with the queries you have seen in this chapter.