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The Fibonacci sequence

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Implementing the Fibonacci sequence is considered the "Hello, world!" of Haskell programming. This page collects Haskell implementations of the sequence.

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1 Naive definition

fib 0 = 0
fib 1 = 1
fib n = fib (n-1) + fib (n-2)

2 Linear operation implementations

One can compute the first n Fibonacci numbers with O(n) additions.

If
fibs
is the infinite list of Fibonacci numbers, one can define
fib n = fibs!!n

2.1 Canonical zipWith implementation

fibs = 0 : 1 : zipWith (+) fibs (tail fibs)

2.2 With scanl

fibs = fix ((0:) . scanl (+) 1)

2.3 With unfoldr

fibs = unfoldr (\(f1,f2) -> Just (f1,(f2,f1+f2))) (0,1)

2.4 With iterate

fibs = map fst $ iterate (\(f1,f2) -> (f2,f1+f2)) (0,1)

3 Logarithmic operation implementations

3.1 Using 2x2 matrices

The argument of
iterate
above is a linear transformation,

so we can represent it as matrix and compute the nth power of this matrix with O(log n) multiplications and additions. For example, using the simple matrix implementation in Prelude extensions,

fib n = head (apply (Matrix [[0,1], [1,1]] ^ n) [0,1])

This technique works for any linear recurrence.

3.2 A fairly fast version, using some identities

fib 0 = 0
fib 1 = 1
fib n | even n         = f1 * (f1 + 2 * f2)
      | n `mod` 4 == 1 = (2 * f1 + f2) * (2 * f1 - f2) + 2
      | otherwise      = (2 * f1 + f2) * (2 * f1 - f2) - 2
   where k = n `div` 2
         f1 = fib k
         f2 = fib (k-1)

3.3 Another fast fib

fib = fst . fib2
 
-- | Return (fib n, fib (n + 1))
fib2 0 = (1, 1)
fib2 1 = (1, 2)
fib2 n
 | even n    = (a*a + b*b, c*c - a*a)
 | otherwise = (c*c - a*a, b*b + c*c)
 where (a,b) = fib2 (n `div` 2 - 1)
       c     = a + b

3.4 Fastest Fib in the West

This was contributed by wli (It assumes that the sequence starts with 1.)

import Data.List
 
fib1 n = snd . foldl fib' (1, 0) . map (toEnum . fromIntegral) $ unfoldl divs n
    where
        unfoldl f x = case f x of
                Nothing     -> []
                Just (u, v) -> unfoldl f v ++ [u]
 
        divs 0 = Nothing
        divs k = Just (uncurry (flip (,)) (k `divMod` 2))
 
        fib' (f, g) p
            | p         = (f*(f+2*g), f^2 + g^2)
            | otherwise = (f^2+g^2,   g*(2*f-g))

4 Constant-time implementations

The Fibonacci numbers can be computed in constant time using Binet's formula. However, that only works well within the range of floating-point numbers available on your platform. Implementing Binet's formula in such a way that it computes exact results for all integers generally doesn't result in a terribly efficient implementation when compared to the programs above which use a logarithmic number of operations (and work in linear time).

Beyond that, you can use unlimited-precision floating-point numbers, but the result will probably not be any better than the log-time implementations above.

4.1 Using Binet's formula

fib n = round $ phi ** fromIntegral n / sq5
  where
    sq5 = sqrt 5 :: Double
    phi = (1 + sq5) / 2

5 See also