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(*) Find out whether a list is a palindrome. A palindrome can be read forward or backward; e.g. (x a m a x).

isPalindrome :: (Eq a) => [a] -> Bool
isPalindrome xs = xs == (reverse xs)
isPalindrome' []  = True
isPalindrome' [_] = True
isPalindrome' xs  = (head xs) == (last xs) && (isPalindrome' $ init $ tail xs)

Here's one to show it done in a fold just for the fun of it. Do note that it is less efficient then the previous 2 though.

isPalindrome'' :: (Eq a) => [a] -> Bool
isPalindrome'' xs = foldl (\acc (a,b) -> if a == b then acc else False) True input
	where
	input = zip xs (reverse xs)

Another one just for fun:

isPalindrome''' :: (Eq a) => [a] -> Bool
isPalindrome''' = Control.Monad.liftM2 (==) id reverse

Or even:

isPalindrome'''' :: (Eq a) => [a] -> Bool
isPalindrome'''' = (==) Control.Applicative.<*> reverse

Here's one that does half as many compares:

palindrome :: (Eq a) => [a] -> Bool
palindrome xs = p [] xs xs
   where p rev (x:xs) (_:_:ys) = p (x:rev) xs ys
         p rev (x:xs) [_] = rev == xs
         p rev xs [] = rev == xs

Here's one using foldr and zipWith.

palindrome :: (Eq a) => [a] -> Bool
palindrome xs = foldr (&&) True $ zipWith (==) xs (reverse xs)
palindrome' xs = and $ zipWith (==) xs (reverse xs) -- same, but easier


isPalindrome list = take half_len list == reverse (drop (half_len + (len `mod` 2)) list)
	where 
		len = length list
		half_len = len `div` 2
 
isPalindrome' list = f_part == reverse s_part
	where 
		len = length list
		half_len = len `div` 2
		(f_part, s_part') = splitAt half_len list
		s_part = drop (len `mod` 2) s_part'


Using Control.Arrows (&&&) fan out operator.

With monomorphism restriction:

isPalindrome1 xs = (uncurry (==) . (id &&& reverse)) xs

Point free with no monomorphism restriction:

isPalindrome1 = (uncurry (==) . (id &&& reverse))