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By W.H.J. Feijen, A.J.M. van Gasteren, David Gries, J. Misra

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More than anything, this booklet is a tribute to Edsger W. Dijkstra, at the party of his 60th birthday, by means of quite a few of these lucky sufficient to be prompted by means of him and his paintings and to be known as his buddy or relation, his grasp, colleague, or student. This booklet includes fifty-four technical contributions in numerous components of activity, even supposing lots of them care for a space of specific main issue to Dijkstra: programming. every one contribution is comparatively brief and will be digested in a single sitting. jointly, they shape a pleasant go portion of the self-discipline of programming in the beginning of the nineties. whereas many recognize of Dijkstra's technical contributions, they might not pay attention to his final objective, the mastery of complexity in arithmetic and computing technological know-how. He has forcefully argued that attractiveness and style are necessary to this mastery. The name of this publication, selected to mirror his final objective, comes from a sentence in a piece of writing of his on a few attractive arguments utilizing mathematical induction: "... once we recognize the conflict opposed to chaos, mess, and unmastered complexity as one in every of computing sci- ence's significant callings, we needs to admit that 'Beauty Is Our Business'."

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To define remdup we can use the specification given above. Alternatively, since duplicate elements always occur together in our problem, we can define a modified version head*· n#/ . remdup' = dup x = all (head x =) x all dup« . parts , where This reads : take the first elements of members of the shortest partition in which all components are sequences of the same element. Thus remdup' removes adjacent duplicates only. We give this fourth specification mainly to demonstrate that a surprising number of problems about sequences can be formulated in terms of partitions .

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