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A Pointless Derivation of Radixsort

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This paper is about point-free (or `pointless') calculations — calculations performed at the level of function composition instead of that of function application. We address this topic with the help of an example, namely calculating the radix-sort algorithm from a more obvious specification of sorting. The message that we hope to send is that point-free calculations are sometimes surprisingly simpler than the corresponding point-wise calculations.

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division - Department of Computer Science
Journal:
Journal of Functional Programming
Volume:
9
Issue:
3
Pages:
339-346
Publication date:
1999
URN:
uuid:7dad3f75-1543-4a67-9f24-7e890a153df4
Local pid:
cs:2375

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