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Re^3: Equivalency of Code

by dragonchild (Archbishop)
on Feb 07, 2005 at 17:08 UTC ( #428747=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Equivalency of Code
in thread Equivalency of Code

Actually, you'll hit a recursion limit before you run into your logical contradiction.

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Re^4: Equivalency of Code
by Boots111 (Hermit) on Feb 08, 2005 at 03:48 UTC

    You are assuming that same calls the functions it is passed as arguments.

    The theoretical same function cannot evaluate its arguments, as it cannot know that its arguments halt. After all, sub f1{ while(1) { } } and sub f2{ for(; ;) { } } should be considered the same...

    Also, for the purposes of computability "deciding" a problem means that the program must halt with an answer of either "yes" or "no". (Well, classically accepting or rejecting, but that is just semantics).

    Computer science is merely the post-Turing decline of formal systems theory.

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[MidLifeXis]: I think I forgot "running on a farm of commodore 64, vic 20s, trs 80s, and apple ]|[e systems"
[GotToBTru]: oh I know what it is .. but it is a number only slightly useful to me and of no possible use to our customer
[MidLifeXis]: Whew - you just saved the free world. <o)
[GotToBTru]: i guess it's a placeholder, the code will only fill it in if there is nothing else to use
[GotToBTru]: but then .. if you have nothing to say, why not say nothing?
[MidLifeXis]: I have a user who has a lot of say on how some of our processes work that abhors significant blanks. Perhaps that is a part of it. A not-so-obvious "this space intentionally left blank" indicator.
[MidLifeXis]: On the back end, however, that doesn't mean that i have to use that value to indicate "undefined", no matter how much he thinks I should.

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