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{{BuiltinsReduce/⌿}}, also called '''Reduction''' or '''Insert''', is a [[primitive operatorprimitive]] [[monadic operator]] which takes a [[dyadic function]] [[operand]], inserts it between the [[elementelements]] of the [[argument]], and evaluates it into a single array in righttoleft order. This operation is known as [[wikipedia:Fold (higherorder function)Fold]], or more specifically <  {{BuiltinsReduce/⌿}}, also called '''Reduction''' or '''Insert''', is a [[primitive operatorprimitive]] [[monadic operator]] which takes a [[dyadic function]] [[operand]], inserts it between the [[elementelements]] of the [[argument]], and evaluates it into a single array in righttoleft order. This operation is known as [[wikipedia:Fold (higherorder function)Fold]], or more specifically <syntaxhighlight lang=text inline>foldr1</syntaxhighlight>, in other functional programming languages such as Haskell.  
== Description ==  == Description ==  
When applied to a [[vector]] argument, <  When applied to a [[vector]] argument, <syntaxhighlight lang=apl inline>f/x</syntaxhighlight> evaluates to the expression <syntaxhighlight lang=text inline>a f b f c f d …</syntaxhighlight> where <syntaxhighlight lang=text inline>a, b, c, d, …</syntaxhighlight> are the elements of <syntaxhighlight lang=text inline>x</syntaxhighlight>. In general, Reduce reduces one chosen [[axis]] (either implied by using the lastaxis form <syntaxhighlight lang=apl inline>f/</syntaxhighlight> or firstaxis <syntaxhighlight lang=apl inline>f⌿</syntaxhighlight>, or explicitly by using [[function axis]] <syntaxhighlight lang=apl inline>f/[x]</syntaxhighlight>) by evaluating each [[vector]] along the chosen axis into a [[scalar]].  
In [[nested array model]], Reduce has a strong property that the reduced axis is removed from the [[shape]] of the argument, which forces it to [[enclose]] each non[[simple]] result in the returned array.  In [[nested array model]], Reduce has a strong property that the reduced axis is removed from the [[shape]] of the argument, which forces it to [[enclose]] each non[[simple]] result in the returned array.  
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Reduce is mainly used for aggregation, such as sum (using [[Add]]) or product (using [[Times]]). If used with [[Subtract]], it computes the alternating sum, since <math>a(b(c(d\cdots))) = ab+cd+\cdots</math>. Using with [[Divide]] gives similar effect, returning the alternating product <math>a\div(b\div(c\div(d\div\cdots))) = a\div b\times c\div d\times\cdots</math>.  Reduce is mainly used for aggregation, such as sum (using [[Add]]) or product (using [[Times]]). If used with [[Subtract]], it computes the alternating sum, since <math>a(b(c(d\cdots))) = ab+cd+\cdots</math>. Using with [[Divide]] gives similar effect, returning the alternating product <math>a\div(b\div(c\div(d\div\cdots))) = a\div b\times c\div d\times\cdots</math>.  
<  <syntaxhighlight lang=apl>  
+/1 2 3 4 5  +/1 2 3 4 5  
15  15  
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÷/1 2 3 4 5  ÷/1 2 3 4 5  
1.875  1.875  
</  </syntaxhighlight>  
Reduction by [[Minimum]] or [[Maximum]] gives the minimum or maximum over several numbers. Same goes for [[And]], [[Or]], [[GCD]], [[LCM]], and XOR ([[Not Equal]] on [[Booleans]]).  Reduction by [[Minimum]] or [[Maximum]] gives the minimum or maximum over several numbers. Same goes for [[And]], [[Or]], [[GCD]], [[LCM]], and XOR ([[Not Equal]] on [[Booleans]]).  
Although Reduce is <  Although Reduce is <syntaxhighlight lang=text inline>foldr1</syntaxhighlight> in nature, one can use it like <syntaxhighlight lang=text inline>foldr</syntaxhighlight>, where a designated starting value is modified by the rest of the values in sequence. In this case, the start value (enclosed if not a [[simple scalar]]) is attached to the right end of the [[vector]] of "modifiers", and then the entire vector is reduced.  
<  <syntaxhighlight lang=apl>  
(⍉∘⌽↓)/2 1 2 1,⊂5 6⍴⍳30 ⍝ Trim a matrix from all four sides, by rotating the matrix after each trim  (⍉∘⌽↓)/2 1 2 1,⊂5 6⍴⍳30 ⍝ Trim a matrix from all four sides, by rotating the matrix after each trim  
┌─────┐  ┌─────┐  
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│1 0.9682458366 0.8660254038 0.6614378278 0│  │1 0.9682458366 0.8660254038 0.6614378278 0│  
└──────────────────────────────────────────┘  └──────────────────────────────────────────┘  
</  </syntaxhighlight>  
Reduction over an empty axis gives the [[identity element]] of the operand.  Reduction over an empty axis gives the [[identity element]] of the operand.  
<  <syntaxhighlight lang=apl>  
+/⍬  +/⍬  
0  0  
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0 0 0  0 0 0  
0 0 0  0 0 0  
</  </syntaxhighlight>  
[[FinnAPL idiom library]] contains over 100 entries which use Reduce in some way.  [[FinnAPL idiom library]] contains over 100 entries which use Reduce in some way. 
Latest revision as of 22:10, 10 September 2022
/ ⌿

Reduce (/
, ⌿
), also called Reduction or Insert, is a primitive monadic operator which takes a dyadic function operand, inserts it between the elements of the argument, and evaluates it into a single array in righttoleft order. This operation is known as Fold, or more specifically foldr1
, in other functional programming languages such as Haskell.
Description
When applied to a vector argument, f/x
evaluates to the expression a f b f c f d …
where a, b, c, d, …
are the elements of x
. In general, Reduce reduces one chosen axis (either implied by using the lastaxis form f/
or firstaxis f⌿
, or explicitly by using function axis f/[x]
) by evaluating each vector along the chosen axis into a scalar.
In nested array model, Reduce has a strong property that the reduced axis is removed from the shape of the argument, which forces it to enclose each nonsimple result in the returned array.
In leading axis model, Reduce only has the firstaxis form, and it reduces the major cells of the entire array, not the individual elements. It does not enclose the result either. Instead, reduction over an axis other than the first is performed via the Rank operator, which mixes the results into a flat array.
Examples
Reduce is mainly used for aggregation, such as sum (using Add) or product (using Times). If used with Subtract, it computes the alternating sum, since . Using with Divide gives similar effect, returning the alternating product .
+/1 2 3 4 5
15
×/1 2 3 4 5
120
/1 2 3 4 5
3
÷/1 2 3 4 5
1.875
Reduction by Minimum or Maximum gives the minimum or maximum over several numbers. Same goes for And, Or, GCD, LCM, and XOR (Not Equal on Booleans).
Although Reduce is foldr1
in nature, one can use it like foldr
, where a designated starting value is modified by the rest of the values in sequence. In this case, the start value (enclosed if not a simple scalar) is attached to the right end of the vector of "modifiers", and then the entire vector is reduced.
(⍉∘⌽↓)/2 1 2 1,⊂5 6⍴⍳30 ⍝ Trim a matrix from all four sides, by rotating the matrix after each trim
┌─────┐
│ 9 10│
│15 16│
│21 22│
└─────┘
○/1 ¯2,⊂0 0.25 0.5 0.75 1 ⍝ sin∘arccos of multiple values
┌──────────────────────────────────────────┐
│1 0.9682458366 0.8660254038 0.6614378278 0│
└──────────────────────────────────────────┘
Reduction over an empty axis gives the identity element of the operand.
+/⍬
0
+/2 3 0⍴0
0 0 0
0 0 0
FinnAPL idiom library contains over 100 entries which use Reduce in some way.
External links
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