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//[[Documentation]] *Guards **Rules with a Guard The syntax of a rule with a guard is: >'''Head''' :- '''Guard''' | '''Body''' where '''Guard''' is a multiset of ''type constraints'' of the form: '''c'''($'''p'''&size(10){1};, ..., $'''p'''&size(10){'''n'''};). Type constraints constrains the shapes of processes (or the names of unary atoms) received by the process contexts $'''p'''&size(10){1};, ..., $'''p'''&size(10){'''n'''};. The ''type constraint name'' '''c''' is drawn from a built-in set and specifies which kind of constraints is imposed. A constraint of the form ''uniq''($'''p'''&size(10){1};, ..., $'''p'''&size(10){'''n'''};) is also allowed. This is a control structure rather than a type constraint and used to avoid infinite rule application (see below). ***Examples Here is an example rule with guard: waitint(X), $p[X] :- int($p) | ok. This can be abbreviated to waitint($p) :- int($p) | ok. and can be thought of representing the following infinite number of rules: waitint(0) :- ok. waitint(1) :- ok. waitint(-1) :- ok. waitint(2) :- ok. waitint(-2) :- ok. ... The following list contains examples of some type constraints that can be written in '''Guard''': - int($p) --- specifies that $p must be an integer atom. - 4($p) --- specifies that $p must be a unary integer atom of value 4 (i.e., 4(X)). - $p < $q --- specifies that $p and $q are integer atoms such that the value of $p is less than that of $q. - $r = $p +. $q --- specifies that $p, $q, and $r are floating point number atoms such that the sum of the values of $p and $q is equal to the value of $r. ***Notes Each type constraint name (such as int or <) has its own mode of usage that specifies which of its arguments are input arguments. The effect of the constraint specified by a type constraint is enabled only after the shapes (or values) of its input arguments are all determined. For example, $r = $p + $q proceeds only when $p and $q are determined. The same abbreviation scheme as defined for atoms applies to type constraints when a process context name $'''p'''&size(10){'''k'''}; occurs exactly twice in the rule. For example, p($n) :- $n>$z, 0($z) | ok can be abbreviated to p($n) :- $n>0 | ok. **Typed Process Contexts A process context constrained in '''Guard''' is said to be a ''typed process context''. // As a syntactic sugar, // typed process context names can be written as link names. // For inscance, the above example can be written as: // waitint(X) :- int(X) | ok. // // ( Res = gen(N) :- N > 0 | Res = [N|gen(N-1)] ), p(gen(10)) // However, the original form, waitint($p) :- int($p) | ok, is preferred // because, unlike link names, typed process context names has no constraints // on the number of their occurrences. **Avoiding Infinite Rule Application A constraint of the form ''uniq''($'''p'''&size(10){1};, ..., $'''p'''&size(10){'''n'''};) succeeds if each $'''p'''&size(10){'''k'''}; is a '''ground''' structure (connected graph with exactly one free link; see below) and the rule has not been applied to the tuple $'''p'''&size(10){1};, ..., $'''p'''&size(10){'''n'''}; before. As a special case of '''n'''=0, ''uniq'' succeeds if the rule in question has not been used before. The ''uniq''() test is a general tool for avoiding infinite application of rules whose right-hand side is a super(multi)set of the left-hand side. **Guard Library The following type constraints can be used in guards. The + (input) sign preceding a process context name means that the name should appear in the head, while the - (output) sign means that the name should not appear in the head. '='(+$u,-$v) - make sure that $u[X] and $v[Y] are unary atoms with the same name '='(-$u,+$v) - same as above '=='(+$u,+$v) - check if $u[X] and $v[Y] are unary atoms with the same name unary(+$u) - check if $u[X] is a unary atom ground(+$g) - check if $g[X1,...,Xn] (n>0) is a connected graph whose free links are exactly X1,...,Xn int(+$i) - check if $i[X] is an integer float(+$f) - check if $f[X] is a float int(+$float,-$int) - cast float(+$int,-$float) - cast 345(-$int) - defined for every integer (not only with 345) '-3.14'(-$float) - defined for every float '<'(+$int,+$int) - integer comparison; also: > =< >= =:= =\= '+'(+$int,+$int,-$int) - integer operation; also: - * / mod '<.'(+$float,+$float) - float comparison; also: >. =<. >=. =:=. =\=. '+.'(+$float,+$float,-$float) - float operation; also: -. *. /. uniq(+$g1,...,+$gn) - uniqueness constraint; checks if the rule has not been applied to the tuple $g1[X1], ..., $gn[Xn] (n>=0)