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Re: Style Question: The Functional Way

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  • Subject: [mg115803] Re: Style Question: The Functional Way
  • From: Armand Tamzarian <mike.honeychurch at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2011 04:31:30 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <ih967m$okt$1@smc.vnet.net>

On Jan 20, 10:27 pm, Just A Stranger <forpeopleidontk... at gmail.com>
wrote:
> Hello,
>
> So I'm trying to learn how to do things the functional way. As an exercise
> I'm trying to program a simple economics related table that gives revenue,
> marginal revenue, etc given a demand schedule (2 lists of numbers
> representing quantity and price respectively). A simple task in a
> spreadsheet.
>
> The point is that I need a list of the differences in the given lists, from
> which I will be using to get marginal values (derivatives). I'll call it,
> say, DeltaList, and I was wondering if this would be a proper "functional"
> way to go about the task:
>
> In[0]: DeltaList[L_] := Subtract @@@ Reverse /@ Partition[L, 2, 1]
>
> (DelatList: list -> list)
>
> Basically, it partitions the list into ordered pairs, reverses those ordered
> pairs to prep them for the subsequent Subtract application.
>
> Is this the right way to think about this (painfully simple) problem in a
> functional way?
>
> Thank you. All of you have been most helpful in the past.

Check out Differences

??Differences

Shouldn't you also have a third axis for time? Revenue and quantity
are dynamic.

Mike


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