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Re: REDUCE args
Date: 24 Jul 1986 13:39-EDT
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1986 13:11 EDT
Subject: REDUCE args
In-Reply-To: Msg of 24 Jul 1986 00:23-EDT from NGALL at G.BBN.COM
Does anybody else wish that REDUCE took a KEY argument, similarly to MEMBER.
(reduce #'+ list-of-objects :KEY #'object-quantity)
would apply the function OBJECT-QUANTITY to each element of the
list-of-objects before reducing it with +.
YES! I ran into the same need a while back.
Ditto. I think GLS made some comment about this usage of :KEY being
different than most. Maybe that was in a different discussion. There
are possibly other related operations that should take KEY. One could
also add :TEST to avoid calling the operator on objects you don't want
to. Maybe this was Steele's point: Does the key apply before or after
the test? I think the intuitive usage is backwards from the other