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for lambda abstractionFrom The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :
lambda abstraction
A term in lambda-calculus denoting a function. A lambda
abstraction begins with a lower-case lambda (represented as
"\" in this document), followed by a variable name (the "bound
variable"), a full stop and a lambda expression (the body).
The body is taken to extend as far to the right as possible
so, for example an expression,
\ x . \ y . x+y
is read as
\ x . (\ y . x+y).
A nested abstraction such as this is often abbreviated to:
\ x y . x + y
The lambda expression (\ v . E) denotes a function which takes
an argument and returns the term E with all free occurrences
of v replaced by the actual argument. Application is
represented by juxtaposition so
(\ x . x) 42
represents the identity function applied to the constant 42.
A lambda abstraction in Lisp is written as the symbol
lambda, a list of zero or more variable names and a list of
zero or more terms, e.g.
(lambda (x y) (plus x y))
Lambda expressions in Haskell are written as a backslash,
"\", one or more patterns (e.g. variable names), "->" and an
expression, e.g. \ x -> x.
(1995-01-24)
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