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Test Your J

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1. P is a tacit verb that calculates ,,n,,P,,r,, , the number of permutations of n things taken r at a time:

   5 P 3
60
   7 P 5
2520

Write P using a single application of a single J primitive verb.

2. What is the result?

   _3 q: 2*3*5*17

3. What are the results, and what is displayed, in the following sequence?

   u =: smoutput M.
   u 'Line 1'
   u '2'
   u '2'
   u '3'

4. What is the result?

   ]n =: <^:1 2 3 (0 1 2)
+-----+-------+---------+
|0 1 2|+-----+|+-------+|
|     ||0 1 2|||+-----+||
|     |+-----+|||0 1 2|||
|     |       ||+-----+||
|     |       |+-------+|
+-----+-------+---------+
   |.L:1 n

5. What is the result?

   ]m =: (; 2&+L:0)^:4 (0 1)
+---------------------------------------+-------------------+---------+---+---+
|+-------------------+---------+---+---+|+---------+---+---+|+---+---+|6 7|8 9|
||+---------+---+---+|+---+---+|4 5|6 7|||+---+---+|4 5|6 7|||4 5|6 7||   |   |
|||+---+---+|2 3|4 5|||2 3|4 5||   |   ||||2 3|4 5||   |   ||+---+---+|   |   |
||||0 1|2 3||   |   ||+---+---+|   |   |||+---+---+|   |   ||         |   |   |
|||+---+---+|   |   ||         |   |   ||+---------+---+---+|         |   |   |
||+---------+---+---+|         |   |   ||                   |         |   |   |
|+-------------------+---------+---+---+|                   |         |   |   |
+---------------------------------------+-------------------+---------+---+---+
   |.L:_2 m

6. 0 { y can be used to index into an atom:

   0 { 5
5

but 0 {:: y fails:

   0 {:: 5
|length error
a. What value of x could you use in x {:: <5 to select the single atom 5?

a. What value of x could you use in either x { 5 or x {:: <5 to select the single atom 5?

7. Using either value of x you found for problem 6, what is the result of each of the following?

   x {:: <5
   x {:: ,<5
   x {:: 5;6

8. What J primitive verb (call it v) is defined so that v does not always give the same result as v"v?

9. What is the result?

   ; 4;(i. 3 2);i. 2 4

10. What is the result of each of the following?

   $ '' ,: 0
   {. '' ,: 0
   {. {. '' ,: 0

11. What is the result of each of the following?

   {. '' , 0$0
   {. '' , 0$4

12. What is the result?

   5 0 _5 #: 23

13. How can the result of x {. y be an atom?

14. Show by an example x that (C. x) C. 0 1 2 3 4 5 is not always the same as x C. 0 1 2 3 4 5.

15. At what place(s), if any, in the character list a below will inserting a NUL character (0{a.) change the display of a?

   a =: 'It ran in 5',(8 u: u: 16bb5),'sec.',CR,LF,'Pretty fast!'
   a
It ran in 5µsec.
Pretty fast!

16. What is the result of each of the following?

   (1 j. 1e_20) > 1
   (1 j. 1e_20) >!.0 (1)

17. What is the result?

   i. 3
0 1 2
   (<<<3) { i. 3

18. What is the result?

   ]a =. i. 4 4
 0  1  2  3
 4  5  6  7
 8  9 10 11
12 13 14 15
   (<(i. 2 2);0) { a

19. Verb M is a short tacit verb.

   a =: 1000000 ?@$ 0  NB. One million uniformly distributed random variates
   M a
0.499146
   M a
0.499146
   M a
0.499146

M, as you can see, produces the same value every time it is called; that is, it has no side effects. Yet:

   7!:2 'M a'
4195776
   7!:2 'M a'
4195776
   7!:2 'M a'
8390080
   7!:2 'M a'
4195776
   7!:2 'M a'
8390080

7!:2 gives the space required to execute a sentence. The space required by M a is not constant; in fact it assumes a number of discrete values, some of which are smaller than the size of a (as 4195776 is here).

M contains no foreigns or instances of the ? or ?. verbs.

a. What is M calculating?

a. What is verb M?

20. Defining the verb substr which extracts substrings given as (startingpoint,length):

   substr =: 4 : '(,. x) ];.0 y'
   2 2 substr 'abcde'
cd

what are the results?

   2 6 substr 'abcde'
   5 6 substr 'abcde'
   5 0 substr 'abcde'
   6 0 substr 'abcde'

Extra credit question: find a nonempty list L such that /:~ L is not the same as /:~&.:(<"0) L.