Integral b => a -> b -> [a]
The genericDrop function is an overloaded version of drop, which accepts any Integral value as the number of elements to drop.
The genericTake function is an overloaded version of take, which accepts any Integral value as the number of elements to take.
raise a number to a non-negative integral power
raise a number to an integral power
Evaluates its first argument to head normal form, and then returns its second argument as the result.
Indicates that it may be beneficial to evaluate the first argument in parallel with the second. Returns the value of the second argument.
a `par` b is exactly equivalent semantically to b.
par is generally used when the value of a is likely to be required later, but not immediately. Also it is a good idea to ensure that a is not a trivial computation, otherwise the cost of spawning it in parallel overshadows the benefits obtained by running it in parallel.
Note that actual parallelism is only supported by certain implementations (GHC with the -threaded option, and GPH, for now). On other implementations, par a b = b.
Semantically identical to seq, but with a subtle operational difference: seq is strict in both its arguments, so the compiler may, for example, rearrange a `seq` b into b `seq` a `seq` b. This is normally no problem when using seq to express strictness, but it can be a problem when annotating code for parallelism, because we need more control over the order of evaluation; we may want to evaluate a before b, because we know that b has already been sparked in parallel with par.
This is why we have pseq. In contrast to seq, pseq is only strict in its first argument (as far as the compiler is concerned), which restricts the transformations that the compiler can do, and ensures that the user can retain control of the evaluation order.
replicate n x is a list of length n with x the value of every element. It is an instance of the more general Data.List.genericReplicate, in which n may be of any integral type.
scanr is the right-to-left dual of scanl. Note that
> head (scanr f z xs) == foldr f z xs.
scanl is similar to foldl, but returns a list of successive reduced values from the left:
> scanl f z [x1, x2, ...] == [z, z `f` x1, (z `f` x1) `f` x2, ...]
> last (scanl f z xs) == foldl f z xs.
The intersperse function takes an element and a list and `intersperses' that element between the elements of the list. For example,
> intersperse ',' "abcde" == "a,b,c,d,e"
gcd x y is the greatest (positive) integer that divides both x and y; for example gcd (-3) 6 = 3, gcd (-3) (-6) = 3, gcd 0 4 = 4. gcd 0 0 raises a runtime error.
lcm x y is the smallest positive integer that both x and y divide.
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