By Norman D. Thomson

The concept for this ebook grew out of proposals on the APL86 con ference in Manchester which resulted in the initiation of the I-APL (International APL) undertaking, and during it to the supply of an interpreter which might deliver some great benefits of APL in the technique of enormous numbers of college young ones and their lecturers. the inducement is that after university lecturers have glimpsed the probabilities, there'll be a spot for an "ideas" e-book of brief courses to be able to let worthy algorithms to be introduced swiftly into lecture room use, and maybe even to be written and built in entrance of the category. A test of the contents will express how the conciseness of APL makes it attainable to deal with a major diversity of themes in a small variety of pages. there's clearly a level of idiosyncrasy within the number of themes - the choice i've got made displays algo rithms that have both proved worthy in genuine paintings, or that have stuck my mind's eye as applicants for demonstrating the worth of APL as a mathematical notation. the place acceptable, notes at the courses are meant to teach the naturalness with which APL offers with the math involved, and to estab lish that APL isn't really, as is usually intended, an unreadable lan guage written in a weird and wonderful personality set.

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1. Pascal's Triangle The coefficients of the terms in the expansion of (1 + X)R for integers up to R are given as columns of the matrix defined by PAS : Ro. lR For coefficients of (l_X)R use PASN : cj>Ro. ) 4. 5. Successive differences of series The following function returns a vector of length (pR)-L reSUlting from taking differences L times. DIF : (1~T)--1~T+(L-1)DIF R : L=O : R L : number of differences to be taken R : series in vector form If a table of successive differences is required, insert 0+ before T+(L-1)DIF R Example: 2 1 4 9 3 5 7 9 2 2 2 2 DIF (17)*2 16 25 36 49 11 13 2 I.

Term is I *-L. In general they will give different results, but you may have to look at a very low precision digit to find the difference! 14. Complex Numbers On some APL systems complex numbers are available as simple scalars. Where this is not the case the complex number a + ib may be represented by the two-element vector (a,b). Addition and subtraction are given by APL vector addition and subtraction; multiplication and division are given by MUL (-/LxR),+/Lx~R DIV L~~2 2pR,R MUL 0 1 Examples: 2 1 10 5 MUL 3 4 2.

V Z+L POLI R;T;I;X [1J [2J [3J R+R[;1+0,*IR[2;1J-1~R[2;JJ X+1~R[2;J I+0,OpZ+1~R[1;J L1:+(L