CS200: Computer Science, Spring 2003

Exam 2  Comments
Sticker InterpretationIf you have a sticker on your returned exam, it can be interpreted as a lower bound (Ω) on your grade in the course (as long as you do a satisfactory job completing PS8) as described below. If there is no sticker on your exam, it means you definitely need to do the final.
 Eval/Apply Symbol — you've done enough to convince me you have learned to think like a computer scientist and you deserve an "A" in the course. You are free to do the final if you want, and it cannot hurt your grade, but as long as you do a satisfactory job on PS8 you will get no worse than an "A" in the course even if you don't take the final.
 Smiley Face — you've done well in the course, but haven't quite convinced me yet that you can think like a computer scientist. You have earned at least a "B+" in the course, but should take advantage of PS8 and the Final to convince me you deserve an "A".
 Star — you've done well on parts of the course, but not so well on others, and haven't yet convinced me you can think like a computer scientist. You have earned at least a "B" in the course, but should take advantage of PS8 and the Final to convince me you deserve a better grade. You still have a chance to get an "A" in the course, but it will depend on your Final being good enough to convince me you really can think like a computer scientist.
Mutation and Objects
1. The following environment diagram shows the state after evaluating (define discovery (makesailboat "discovery")). The procedure associated with the name discovery is missing its environment pointer. Add the missing environment pointer to the diagram.Answer: The environment pointer for the discovery procedure should point to F4. The discorvery procedure results from the application (makesailboat "discovery"). Applications create frames. In the body of makesailboat the (let ((super (makeboat name) (sailing #f))) is syntactic sugar for another application. It creates the frame F4 (that has places for super and sailing.2. There are three frames in the diagram (labeled F1, F2 and F3) that contain a place named name with the value "discovery". If we evaluate (ask discovery 'name) in the global environment, in which frame with the value of name be found?Answer: F1.Evaluating the discovery procedure leads to the call to (getmethod super message) since there is no name method in sailboat. We look for super following the procedure's environment pointer, and find it in F4. The value of super in F4 is the result of (makeboat name). Evaluating it for name will evaluate (getmethod super message) since boat does not have a name method. We look up super following the environment pointer, and find it in F5. Here, it is the result of (makeobject name). We find the name method, and lookup name in the procedure's environment, which is F1.
Metalinguistics
3. Explain why I. M. will not be able to define repeatuntil as a procedure herself in MiniScheme, but must instead change the evaluator.Answer: repeatuntil must be a special form since its operands are not evaluated using the normal application evaluation rule. For example, the second subexpression should only be evaluated if the first subexpression evaluates to false.4. I. M. has asked you to extend MiniScheme to support repeatuntil. Provide the missing definition for evalrepeatuntil. The new code is shown below; you may assume everything else from PS7's meval is available.Answer:(define (evalrepeatuntil expr env) (if (meval (repeatuntiltest expr) env) (meval (repeatuntilresult expr) env) (begin (meval (repeatuntilbody expr) env) (meval expr env)))) ;; keep repeatingProblems about Problems
5. Minimum Value Problem. Find the smallest value in a list.Input: A nonempty list of n numbers.
Output: The smallest (using < to compare numbers) number in the input list.Answer: Decidable. We can solve this with a procedure that cdr's down the list recursively, keeping track of the smallest value it has found so far. This will take O(n) work since doubling the size of the list would double the amount of work it requires. Since there is no way to solve this problem without at least looking at every element in the list, we know it is Ω(n). Since we have the same upper and lower bounds, we also know this problem is Θ(n).6. Greater than Zero Problem.Input: A program P and input n
Output: If evaluating P applied to n would produce a value greater than 0, true. If evaluating P applied to n would produce a value that is not a number, or is a number less than or equal to 0, or would not terminate, output is false.Answer: Undecidable. If we could solve the Greater than Zero problem, we could also solve the halting problem, but we know that the halting problemis undecidable. Here's how:(define (halts? P n) (greaterthanzero? (lambda (x) (P n) 1)))If (P n) would halt, then we know (lambda (x) (P n) 1) will evaluate to 1 and greaterthanzero? will be true. If (P n) doesn't halt, then (lambda (x) (P n) 1) also doesn't halt, and greaterthanzero? will be false. Hence, we know greaterthanzero? must be undecidable, since we could use it to define halts?.7. Many Goldstars Problem. The input tape is n star symbols followed by the end of tape symbol. The output tape is 2^{n} star symbols followed by the end of tape symbol.
Input: n stars
Output: 2^{n} starsAnswer: Decidable. It will require at least Ω(2^{n}) work since the output size is 2^{n}, and a Turing machine can write at most one square each step. It is also possible to solve it with O(2^{n}) work since calculating 2^{n} can be done quickly (certainly in O(n^{2}) since it involves n multiplications, and each multiplication might be at worst O(n) work), and then we just need to write that output onto the tape, keeping track of our work by crossing off symbols. So, it is Θ(2^{n}). Note that this problem is not in the NP complexity class — it requires more than polynomial work to verify the answer, since the output is so big.Lambda Calculus
8. Show how T and F would need to be defined to make the new definition of if work correctly.
Answer: We need to swap the meaning of T and F to work with our new if:
T ≡ λ xy . y
F ≡ λ xy . xUniversal Language
9. Is PreSQL a Universal Language? Use convincing arguments to support your answer.Answer: No, it is not a Universal Language since there are computations a Turing machine can do that cannot be simulated by PreSQL. We know a Turing machine can perform a computation that never halts. But, every computation in PreSQL terminates. There is no way to loop or jump, and every PreSQL instruction terminates, so the time a computation takes is determined by the number of instructions in the input, which must be finite.10. Show how you could do addition using PreSQLsql. Your addition code should assume the input is in the form of two tables, tableA and tableB. After addition, a new table named output should have the result. Provide code that could be used for the missing code below that would correctly add any two natural numbers (your code may modify the input tables):Answer:> CREATE TABLE output
> UNTILEMPTY tableA { DELETE FROM tableA; INSERT INTO output TRUE}
> UNTILEMPTY tableB { DELETE FROM tableB; INSERT INTO output TRUE}

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