By Patrick Saint-Dizier
This booklet is an creation to Prolog (£rQgramming in ~ic). It provides the elemental foundations of Prolog and easy and basic programming tools. This ebook is written for programmers acquainted with different programming languages, in addition to for newbies in laptop technological know-how, prepared to have an unique advent to programming. The technique followed during this booklet is therefore in accordance with methodological parts including a few pragmatic points. The ebook consists of 2 components. within the fIrst half the key points of programming in Prolog are awarded step-by-step. each one new point is illustrated through brief examples and workouts. the second one half consists of extra constructed examples, that are frequently video games, that illustrate significant facets of synthetic intelligence. extra complex books are given within the bibliography and should enable the reader to deepen his or her be aware of ledge of Prolog. Prolog was once first designed in France at OJ.A., Marseille, with a selected syntax. we now have followed the following a extra universal notation, outlined at Edinburgh, which has a tendency to be an implicit norm. on the finish of every bankruptcy of the 1st half, there are workouts that the reader is invited to do and to check on his or her computer. whole solutions are given in Appendix A, on the finish of the book.
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C :- e,a. Prolog will produce the following enumeration for the procedure c: (1) c :- a,b. (2) c :- d. (3) c :- e,a. The entry point in the procedure is clause (1). During the execution of a program, a call to c starts the execution of the procedure c in the order detennined above. Suppose that a, b, d, and e are procedures defined in the program: (1) The call to c initiates an attempt to prove the first clause, which leads to an attempt to prove first a and then b, taking into account any substitutions made during the unification of the call to c with this clause (when there are arguments).
Flight(X,_,_,_,Z,_), Z >= 1400. - fIight(X,_,montreal,_,Z,P), Z=<1700, P>100. Note the use of two selection constraints in question (e). The two possible orders in which these constraints may be given are logically equivalent. In terms of the time the query takes to execute, the order of the constraints may lead to slight differences in efficiency. In order to concentrate as soon as possible on likely solutions, it is better to place the most restrictive constraint fIrst. This enables us to reduce the amount of backtracking Prolog does while finding the solutions.
Flight(X,X2,_,_,_,_), X2 = saskatoon. Chapter 5. Arithmetic Operations 41 but this is more cumbersome. The question is only unified with facts that have saskatoon as the value of the second argument. - fIight(X,_,toronto,_,_,_). - fIight(X,montreal,_,Y,_,_), Y <1200. In this case it is not possible to write the constraint Y<1200 in the argument corresponding to the departure time. We therefore add a constraint to the question. - flight(X,_,_,_,Z,_), Z >= 1400. - fIight(X,_,montreal,_,Z,P), Z=<1700, P>100.
An Introduction to Programming in Prolog by Patrick Saint-Dizier