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    Chapter 15
      Part 2
    Breadth-first v Depth-first
• Suppose a query has compound goals
  (several propositions must be satisfied)
• Depth-first searches prove the first goal
  before looking at the others.
• Breadth-first works on goals in parallel.
• Prolog uses the depth-first approach.
• When a compound goal is being proved, it
  may be that a subgoal cannot be shown
• In that case, Prolog will back up and try to
  find another solution to a previous
A Partial Family Tree
Figure 15.3
A Small Family “Tree”
Figure 15.4
  Processing Queries

• ?- father(X, sue)
  Satisfied with the first
  comparison. X is
  instantiated with john.
• ?- mother(sue, X)
  Satisfied with X = nancy,
  X = jeff
• ?- mother(alice,
?- grandparent(Who, ron).
Instantiating grandparent rule from query:


First, find a fact that satisfies
          parent (Who,X)
This entails finding a fact to satisfy either
        mother (Who, X) or
        father(Who, X)
First try: mother(mary, sue)
    (“mother” rule is first)
Next, find a fact that satisfies
         parent(sue, ron)
By satisfying either
        mother(sue, ron) or
       father(sue, ron)
               Prolog Lists
• The list is Prolog‟s basic data structure
• Lists are a series of Prolog terms,
  separated by commas
• Each list element can be a(n)
  – atom
  – variable
  – sublist
  – etc.
             Examples of Lists

• The empty list:        []
• List with embedded list: [girls, [like, boys]]
• List with variables:    [x, V1, y, V2, [A, B]]
   – V1, V2, A, and B are variables that may be
     instantiated with data at a later time.
• Multi-type lists:         [boy, [1, 2, 3], ran]
• [A, _, Z]
   – The _ means “don‟t care” – sometimes referred to as
     an unbound variable.
           Working with Lists
• [Head|Tail] notation simplifies processing:
  – Head represents the first list element, Tail
    represents everything else.
  – Head can be any Prolog term (list, variable,
    atom, predicate, etc.)
  – If L = [a, b, c] then Head = a and Tail = [b,c]
  – Tail is always another list.
     • What is the head of [a]? The tail?
     • Compare to car and cdr in Lisp, Scheme
       The append Function
• append is a built-in Prolog function that
  concatenates two lists.
• append(A, B, L)
  concatenates the lists A and B and returns them
  as L.
• append([my, cat], [is, fat], L).
  L = [my, cat, is, fat]
• Compare to Scheme function
        The Append Function
• append(L1, L2, L3):
     append([], X, X). %base case
     append([Head|Tail], Y, [Head|Z])
                :- append(Tail, Y, Z).

• This definition says:
  – The empty list concatenated with any list (X)
    returns an unchanged list (X again).
  – If Tail is concatenated with Y to get Z, then a
    list one element larger [Head | Tail] can be
    concatenated with Y to get [Head | Z].
?- Append([english, russian], [spanish], L).

H=english, T=[russian], Y=[spanish], L=[english,Z]
   1                           and Z = [russian, spanish]
Append([russian],[spanish], [Z]).

 H = russian, T=[ ], Y=[spanish], Z=[russian|Z1]
Append([ ], [spanish], [Z1]).         So Z1= [spanish]

 X=[spanish], Z1=[spanish]
Append([ ], [spanish], [spanish]).
           Using append
prefix(X, Z) :- append(X, Y, Z).
(finds all prefixes of a list Z)

suffix(Y, Z) :- append(X, Y, Z).
(finds all suffixes of Z)
         Recursion/ member
• The function returns „yes‟ or „true‟ if X is a
  member of a given list.

  member(X, [X | _ ]).
  member(X, [ _ | Y]) :- member(X, Y).
• The test for membership succeeds if
  – X is the head of the list [X |_]
  – X is not the head of the list [_| Y] , but X is a
    member of the list Y.
• Notes: pattern matching governs tests for
• Don’t care entries (_) mark parts of a list
  that aren’t important to the rule.
              Naming Lists
• Defining a set of lists:
     a([a, b, c]).
     a([cat, dog, sheep]).
• When a query such as a(L), prefix(X, L). Is
  posed, all three lists will be processed.
• Other lists, such as b([red, yellow, green]),
  would be ignored.
    A Sample List Program

a([a, b, c]).
a([cat, dog, sheep]).

prefix(X, Z) :- append(X, _, Z).
suffix(Y, Z) :- append(_, Y, Z).

% To make queries about lists in the database:
% suffix(X, [the, cat, is, fat]).
% a(L), prefix(X, L).
Sample Output             ?- a(L), prefix(X, L).

                          L = [single]
                          X = [] ;

                          L = [single]
Based on the program on
                          X = [single] ;
the previous slide.
                          L = [a, b, c]
                          X = [] ;

                          L = [a, b, c]
                          X = [a] ;

                          L = [a, b, c]
                          X = [a, b] ;

                          L = [a, b, c]
                          X = [a, b, c] ;

                          L = [cat, dog, sheep]
                          X = []
Sample Output
 35 ?- a(L), append([cat], L, M).

 L = [single]
 M = [cat, single] ;

 L = [a, b, c]
 M = [cat, a, b, c] ;

 L = [cat, dog, sheep]
 M = [cat, cat, dog, sheep] ;
    Recursive Factorial Program
To see the dynamics of a function call, use the trace
  function. For example,given the following function:

factorial(0, 1).
factorial(N, Result):-
  N > 0,
  M is N-1,
  factorial(M, SubRes),
  Result is N * SubRes. %is ~ assignment
Logic Programming

 15.2.2: Practical Aspects
15.3: Example Applications
     Using the Trace Function
• At the prompt, type “trace.”
• Then type the query.
• Prolog will show the rules it uses and the
  instantiation of unbound constants.
• Useful for understanding what is
  happening in a search process, or in a
  recursive function.
                                          These are
Tracing Output                            temporary
?- trace(factorial/2).                    variables
?- factorial(4, X).
Call: ( 7) factorial(4, _G173)
Call: ( 8) factorial(3, _L131)
Call: ( 9) factorial(2, _L144)
Call: ( 10) factorial(1, _L157)
Call: ( 11) factorial(0, _L170)
Exit: ( 11) factorial(0, 1)
Exit: ( 10) factorial(1, 1)
Exit: ( 9) factorial(2, 2)
Exit: ( 8) factorial(3, 6)
Exit: ( 7) factorial(4, 24)       These are
                                  levels in the
X = 24                            search tree
2 ?- trace(factorial/2).
%         factorial/2: [call, redo, exit, fail]

[debug] 3 ?-   factorial(3,   Result).
 T Call: (6)   factorial(3,   _G521)
 T Call: (7)   factorial(2,   _G599)
 T Call: (8)   factorial(1,   _G602)
 T Call: (9)   factorial(0,   _G605)
 T Exit: (9)   factorial(0,   1)
 T Exit: (8)   factorial(1,   1)
 T Exit: (7)   factorial(2,   2)         User-entered commands
 T Exit: (6)   factorial(3,   6)         are in red; other output is
Result = 6                               generated by the Prolog
                                         runtime system.
%remove() removes an element from a list.
%To Call: remove(a, List, Remainder).
% or remove(X, List, Remainder).
% First parameter is the removed item,
% 2nd parameter is the original list,
% third is the final list

remove(X, [X|R], R).
remove(X, [H|R], [H|S]):- remove(X, R, S).
18 ?- trace.

18 ?- remove(a, [b, d, a, c], R).
 Call: (7) remove(a, [b, d, a, c], _G545) ? creep
 Call: (8) remove(a, [d, a, c], _G608) ? creep
 Call: (9) remove(a, [a, c], _G611) ? creep
 Exit: (9) remove(a, [a, c], [c]) ? creep
 Exit: (8) remove(a, [d, a, c], [d, c]) ? creep
 Exit: (7) remove(a, [b, d, a, c], [b, d, c]) ? creep

R = [b, d, c]
Revisiting The Factorial Function

    Evaluation of clauses is from left to right.
    Note the use of is to temporarily assign
    values to M and Result
Trace of Factorial (4)
          Simple Arithmetic
• Integer “variables” and integer operations
  are possible, but imperative language
  “assignment statements” don‟t exist.
            Sample Program
speed(fred, 60).
speed(carol, 75).
time(fred, 20).
time(carol, 21).

distance(X, Y) :- speed(X, Speed),
        time(X, Time), Y is Speed * Time.

area_square(S, A) :- A is S * S.
          Prolog Operators
• is can be used to cause a variable to be
  temporarily instantiated with a value.
• Compare to assignment statements in
  declarative languages, where variables
  are permanently assigned values.
• The not operator is used to indicate goal
  failure. For example not(P) is true when
  P is false.
• Originally, used prefix notation +(7, X)
• Modern versions have infix notation
  X is Y * C + 3.
• Qualification: Y and C must be instantiated, as in
  the Speed program, but X cannot be (It‟s not a
  traditional assignment statement).
  – X = X + Y is illegal.
  – X is X + Y is illegal.
    “Arguments are not sufficiently
         More About Arithmetic

• Example of simple arithmetic, using
  something similar to Python‟s calculator
  mode (not as part of a program).
  – ?- X is 3 + 7.
  – X = 10
  – Yes
• Arithmetic operators: +, -, *, /, ^ (exponentiation)
• Relational operators: <, >, =, =<, >=, \=
   The cut & not Operators

• The cut (!) is used to control backtracking.
• It tells Prolog not to retry the series of goals
  that precede the cut symbol (if the goals
  have succeeded once).
• Reasons: Faster execution, saves memory
• Not(P) will succeed when P fails.
  – In some places it can replace the ! Operator.
   Example: Revised Factorial

factorial(N, 1):- N < 1, !.
factorial(N, Result):- M is N – 1,
                  factorial(M, P),
                  Result is N * P.

factorial(N, 1):- N < 1.
factorial(N, Result):- not(N < 1),
                  M is N–1,
                  factorial(M, P),
                  Result is N * P.
        When Cut Might Be Used
                   (Clocksin & Mellish)

•   To tell Prolog that it has found the right rule:
    – “if you get this far, you have picked the correct rule for
      this goal.”
•   To tell Prolog to fail a particular goal without trying
    other solutions:
    – “if you get to here, you should stop trying to satisfy the
•   “if you get to here, you have found the only
    solution to this problem and there is no point in
    ever looking for alternatives.”
         Assert - Adding Facts
• ?- assert(mother(jane, joe)).
  adds another fact to the database.
• More sophisticated: assert can be
  embedded in a function definition so
  new facts and rules can be added to the
  database in real time.
  – Useful for learning programs, for example.
Symbolic Differentiation Rules
Figure 15.9
Prolog Symbolic Differentiator
Figure 15.10
Search Tree for the Query d(x, 2*x+1, Ans)
Figure 15.11
   Executing a Prolog Program
• Create a file containing facts and rules;
  e.g., familytree.pl
• Follow instructions in handout, which will
  be available Wednesday.
     SWIplEdit “compile” error
• If SWI-Prolog finds an error in the .pl file it
  will give a message such as

  18:0: Syntax error: Illegal
  start of term

  (18 is the line number)
     Runtime Error Message
• The function samelength was called with
  one parameter when it needed 2:

 21 ?- samelength(X).
 ERROR:Undefined procedure:
 ERROR:However, there are
   definitions for: samelength/2
             Runtime Errors
• Here, the error is an error of omission:

  22 ?- samelength([a, b, c,],[a, b])
  Queries must end with a period. If you hit
  enter without typing a period SWIpl just
  thinks you aren‟t through.
          Using SWI Prolog
• If there is an error that you can‟t figure out
  (for example you don‟t get any answers,
  you don‟t get a prompt, typing a semicolon
  doesn‟t help) try “interrupt” under the Run
• If changes are made to the program, don‟t
  forget to save the file and “consult” again.