By Patrick Blackburn
Prolog is a programming language, yet a slightly strange one. ``Prolog'' is brief for ``Programming with Logic'', and the hyperlink with good judgment offers Prolog its precise personality. on the middle of Prolog lies a stunning thought: do not inform the pc what to do. as an alternative, describe events of curiosity, and compute by way of asking questions. Prolog will logically deduce new evidence in regards to the events and provides its deductions again to us as solutions. Why examine Prolog? For a begin, its ``say what the matter is, instead of tips to remedy it'' stance, signifies that it's a very excessive point language, sturdy for wisdom wealthy functions similar to synthetic intelligence, common language processing, and the semantic net. So through learning Prolog, you achieve perception into how refined projects might be dealt with computationally. additionally, Prolog calls for a special approach. you'll want to discover ways to see difficulties from a brand new standpoint, declaratively instead of procedurally. buying this mind-set, and studying to understand the hyperlinks among good judgment and programming, makes the learn of Prolog either demanding and worthwhile. research Prolog Now! is a realistic advent to this attention-grabbing language. Freely to be had as a web-book in view that 2002 (see www.learnprolognow.org) examine Prolog Now! has grew to become the most renowned introductions to the Prolog programming language, an creation prized for its readability and down-to-earth technique. it's usual as a textbook at collage departments worldwide, or even extra regular for self examine. university courses is proud to give right here the 1st hard-copy model of this on-line vintage. rigorously revised within the mild of reader's suggestions, and now with solutions to all of the routines, right here you'll find the fundamental fabric required that can assist you research Prolog now.
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Similarly, if term2 is a variable and term1 is any type of term, then term1 and term2 match, and term2 is instantiated to term1. ) 3. If term1 and term2 are complex terms, then they match if and only if: a. They have the same functor and arity. b. All their corresponding arguments match c. and the variable instantiations are compatible. e. ) 4. Two terms match if and only if it follows from the previous three clauses that they match. Note the form of this definition. The first clause tells us when two constants match.
Do you see why? Pick any term and instantiate X to the term you picked. For example, if you instantiate X to father(father (butch)), the left hand side becomes father(father(father(butch))), and the right hand side becomes father(father(butch)). Obviously these don't match. Moreover, it makes no difference what you instantiate X to. No matter what you choose, the two terms cannot possibly be made the same, for the term on the left will always be one symbol longer than the term on the right (the functor father on the left will always give it that one extra level).
A standard unification algorithm would say: No, they don't. Do you see why? Pick any term and instantiate X to the term you picked. For example, if you instantiate X to father(father (butch)), the left hand side becomes father(father(father(butch))), and the right hand side becomes father(father(butch)). Obviously these don't match. Moreover, it makes no difference what you instantiate X to. No matter what you choose, the two terms cannot possibly be made the same, for the term on the left will always be one symbol longer than the term on the right (the functor father on the left will always give it that one extra level).