# Essays/Trains

The origins and evolution of trains.

## References

- Remembering Ken Iverson -- Forks in the early days of J

- Phrasal Forms, APL88 -- Hook and fork paper from 1988

- Tacit Definition, APL91 -- Proof of completeness; translator from explicit to tacit; examples

- Capped Fork -- Regarding
`[: g h`

- Ken Iverson Quotations and Anecdotes -- Regarding noun-verb-verb

- Hook Conjunction? -- Alternatives for hook

## Origins

For years, Ken had struggled to find a way to write` f+g `as in calculus,
from the "scalar operators" in
Operators and Functions [5, section 4],
through the "til" operator in Practical Uses of a Model of APL [6] and
Rationalized APL [7, p. 18],
and finally forks. Forks are defined as follows:

` (f g h) y ↔ (f y) g (h y) `

` x (f g h) y ↔ (x f y) g (x h y) `

Moreover,` (f g p q r) ↔ (f g (p q r)) `.
Thus to write` f+g `as in calculus, one writes` f+g `in J.

## Proof of Completeness

Suppose` s `is a sentence on nouns` x. `and` y. `that results in a noun,
and` s `makes no use of` x. `or` y. `as arguments to an adverb
or conjunction. We define an adverb` T `which translates` s `into
an equivalent tacit verb. Without loss of generality,
assume that` s `contains no copulae; for if it does,` d=.rhs `(say),
recursively replace instances of` d `by` (rhs)` .

If` s `contains no verbs,` s T `is:

`[ `if` s `is` x. `

`] `if` s `is` y. `

`a"_ `if` s `is a noun` a `which is neither` x. `nor` y. `(`a"_ `is a constant verb with value` a `and infinite rank)

Otherwise, let` f `be the root verb in` s` ;` `so` s `is either` f q `or` p f q `
where` p `and` q `are sentences shorter than` s `and are (by induction)
translatable by` T` .
Thus` s T `is` f@(q T) `if` s `is` f q `and` s T `
is` (p T)f(q T) `if` s `is` p f q` .

**Example**

We translate the sentence` (^x) + (x^2) - (y^2) `using the method described
in the proof (using` x `and` y `instead
of` x. `and` y. `which prevailed in 1991).

'(^x) + (x^2) - (y^2)' T ('^x' T) + ('(x^2) - (y^2)' T) + is the root verb (^@('x' T)) + (('x^2' T) - ('y^2' T)) ^ and - are the root verbs (^@[) + ((('x' T)^('2' T)) - (('y' T)^('2' T))) s is x; ^ are the root verbs (^@[) + ((([^2"_) - (]^2"_))) s0 is x; s1 is y; constants

In this case terser tacit expressions are possible:` ^@[ + *:@[ - *:@] `or, even better,` ^@[ + -&*: `

### See also

Contributed by Roger Hui.