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Functional Programming in C# through Algebra, Numbers, Euclidean Plane and Fractals
This article discusses Functional Programming in C# through Algebra, Numbers, Euclidean Plane and Fractals. A wide range of topics are covered related to functional programming and set operations. Code examples and explanations are provided to help readers understand the concepts and how to implement them in C#.

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Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Representing Data Through Functions
    1. Sets
    2. Binary Operations
    3. Go Further
  3. Euclidean Plane
    1. Drawing a Disk
    2. Drawing Horizontal and Vertical Half-planes
    3. Functions
    4. Go Further
  4. Fractals
    1. Complex Numbers and Drawing
    2. Mandelbrot Fractal
    3. Newton Fractal
    4. Go Further
  5. Introduction to Laziness
  6. Running the Source Code
  7. References
  8. History

Introduction

Functional programming is a programming paradigm based on functions, their compositions, and also on decomposition into functions.

There are two possible properties of functions:

  1. Purity: Functions have results that depend strictly on their arguments, with no other external effect. Purity leads to compartmentalization, localization, stability, and determinism.
  2. First-class citizenship: Functions have value status. Functions can be named, assigned, typed, created on demand, passed as an argument to a function, be the result of a function, and stored in a data structure. First-class citizenship leads to flexibility of use and compositionality.

Functional programming consists in exploiting one and/or the other of these two properties.

This article will not discuss the basics of functional programming, as you can find numerous resources on this topic on the Internet. Instead, it will talk about functional programming in C# applied to algebra, numbers, the Euclidean plane, and fractals. The examples provided in this article will start from simple to more complex but always illustrated in a simple, straightforward and easy-to-understand manner.

Representing Data Through Functions

Let S be any set of elements a, b, c ... (for instance, the books on the table, or the videos in YouTube, or the points of the Euclidean plane) and let S' be any subset of these elements (for instance, the green books on the table, or the cultural videos in YouTube, or the points in the circle of radius 1 centered at the origin of the Euclidean plane).

The Characteristic Function S'(x) of the set S' is a function which associates either true or false with each element x of S.

S'(x) = true if x is in S'
S'(x) = false if x is not in S'

Let S be the set of books on the table and let S' be the set of green books on the table. Let a and b be two green books, and let c and d be two red books on the table. Then:

S'(a) = S'(b) = true
S'(c) = S'(d) = false

Let S be the set of the videos in YouTube and let S' be the set of cultural videos in YouTube. Let a and b be two cultural videos in YouTube, and c and d be two non-cultural videos in YouTube. Then:

S'(a) = S'(b) = true
S'(c) = S'(d) = false

Let S be the set of the points in the Euclidean plane and let S' be the set of the points in the circle of radius 1 centered at the origin of the Euclidean plane (0, 0) (unit circle). Let a and b be two points in the unit circle, and let c and d be two points in a circle of radius 2 centered at the origin of the Euclidean plane. Then:

S'(a) = S'(b) = true
S'(c) = S'(d) = false

Thus, any set S' can always be represented by its Characteristic Function. A function that takes as argument an element and returns true if this element is in S', false otherwise. In other words, a set (abstract data type) can be represented through a Predicate in C#.

C#
Predicate<T> set;

In the next sections, we will see how to represent some fundamental sets in the algebra of sets through C# in a functional way, then we will define generic binary operations on sets. We will then apply these operations on numbers then on subsets of the Euclidean Plane. Sets are abstract data structures, the subsets of numbers and the subsets of the Euclidean plane are the representation of abstract data-structures, and finally the binary operations are the generic logics that works on any representation of the abstract data structures.

Sets

This section introduces the representation of some fundamental sets in the algebra of sets through C#.

Empty Set

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Let E be the empty set and Empty its Characteristic function. In algebra of sets, E is the unique set having no elements. Therefore, Empty can be defined as follows:

Empty(x) = false if x is in E
Empty(x) = false if x is not in E

Thus, the representation of E in C# can be defined as follows:

C#
public static Predicate<T> Empty<T>() => _ => false;

In algebra of sets, Empty is represented as follows:

Image 3

Thus, running the code below:

C#
Console.WriteLine("\nEmpty set:");
Console.WriteLine("Is 7 in {{}}? {0}", Empty<int>()(7));

gives the following results:

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Set All

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Let S be a set and S' be the subset of S that contains all the elements and All its Characteristic function. In algebra of sets, S' is the full set that contains all the elements. Therefore, All can be defined like this:

All(x) = true if x is in S

Thus, the representation of S' in C# can be defined as follows:

C#
public static Predicate<T> All<T>() => _ => true;

In algebra of sets, All is represented as follows:

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Thus, running the code below:

C#
Console.WriteLine("Is 7 in the integers set? {0}", All<int>()(7));

gives the following results:

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Singleton Set

Let E be the Singleton set and Singleton its Characteristic function. In algebra of sets, E also known as unit set, or 1-tuple is a set with exactly one element e. Therefore, Singleton can be defined as follows:

Singleton(x) = true if x is e
Singleton(x) = false if x is not e

Thus, the representation of E in C# can be defined as follows:

C#
public static Predicate<T> Singleton<T>(T e) where T : notnull => x => e.Equals(x);

Thus, running the code below:

C#
Console.WriteLine("Is 7 in the singleton {{0}}? {0}", Singleton(0)(7));
Console.WriteLine("Is 7 in the singleton {{7}}? {0}", Singleton(7)(7));

gives the following results:

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Other Sets

This section presents subsets of the integers set.

Even numbers

Let E be the set of even numbers and Even its Characteristic function. In mathematics, an even number is a number which is a multiple of two. Therefore, Even can be defined as follows:

Even(x) = true if x is a multiple of 2
Even(x) = false if x is not a multiple of 2

Thus, the representation of E in C# can be defined as follows:

C#
Predicate<int> even = i => i % 2 == 0;

Thus, running the code below:

C#
Console.WriteLine("Is {0} even? {1}", 99, even(99));
Console.WriteLine("Is {0} even? {1}", 998, even(998));

gives the following results:

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Odd Numbers

Let E be the set of odd numbers and Odd its Characteristic function. In mathematics, an odd number is a number which is not a multiple of two. Therefore, Odd can be defined as follows:

Odd(x) = true if x is not a multiple of 2
Odd(x) = false if x is a multiple of 2

Thus, the representation of E in C# can be defined as follows:

C#
Predicate<int> odd = i => i % 2 == 1;

Thus, running the code below:

C#
Console.WriteLine("Is {0} odd? {1}", 99, odd(99));
Console.WriteLine("Is {0} odd? {1}", 998, odd(998));

gives the following results:

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Multiples of 3

Let E be the set of multiples of 3 and MultipleOfThree its Characteristic function. In mathematics, a multiple of 3 is a number divisible by 3. Therefore, MultipleOfThree can be defined as follows:

MultipleOfThree(x) = true if x is divisible by 3
MultipleOfThree(x) = false if x is not divisible by 3

Thus, the representation of E in C# can be defined as follows:

C#
Predicate<int> multipleOfThree = i => i % 3 == 0;

Thus, running the code below:

C#
Console.WriteLine("Is {0} a multiple of 3? {1}", 99, multipleOfThree(99));
Console.WriteLine("Is {0} a multiple of 3? {1}", 998, multipleOfThree(998));

gives the following results:

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Multiples of 5

Let E be the set of multiples of 5 and MultipleOfFive its Characteristic function. In mathematics, a multiple of 5 is a number divisible by 5. Therefore, MultipleOfFive can be defined as follows:

MultipleOfFive(x) = true if x is divisible by 5
MultipleOfFive(x) = false if x is not divisible by 5

Thus, the representation of E in C# can be defined as follows:

C#
Predicate<int> multipleOfFive = i => i % 5 == 0;

Thus, running the code below:

C#
Console.WriteLine("Is {0} a multiple of 5? {1}", 15, multipleOfFive(15));
Console.WriteLine("Is {0} a multiple of 5? {1}", 998, multipleOfFive(998));

gives the following results:

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Prime Numbers

A long time ago, when I was playing with Project Euler problems, I had to resolve the following one:

By listing the first six prime numbers: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, and 13, 
we can see that the 6th prime is 13.
What is the 10 001st prime number?

To resolve this problem, I first had to write a fast algorithm that checks whether a given number is prime or not. Once the algorithm was written, I wrote an iterative algorithm that iterates through primes until the 10 001st prime number was found. Nevertheless, is the next iterative algorithm really necessary? You will see.

The algorithm that checks whether a given number is prime or not is the Characteristical function of the primes set.

Let E be the set of primes and Prime its Characteristic function. In mathematics, a prime is a natural number greater than 1 that has no positive divisors other than 1 and itself. Therefore, Prime can be defined as follows:

Prime(x) = true if x is prime
Prime(x) = false if x is not prime

Thus, the representation of E in C# can be defined as follows:

C#
Predicate<int> prime = IsPrime;

where IsPrime is a method that checks whether a given number is prime or not.

C#
static bool IsPrime(int i)
{
    if (i == 1) return false;            // 1 is not prime
    if (i < 4) return true;              // 2 and 3 are primes
    if ((i >> 1) * 2 == i) return false; // multiples of 2 are not prime
    if (i < 9) return true;              // 5 and 7 are primes
    if (i % 3 == 0) return false;        // multiples of 3 are not primes

    // If a divisor less than or equal to sqrt(i) is found,
    // then i is not prime
    int sqrt = (int)Math.Sqrt(i);
    for (int d = 5; d <= sqrt; d += 6)
    {
        if (i % d == 0) return false;
        if (i % (d + 2) == 0) return false;
    }

    // Otherwise i is prime
    return true;
}

Thus, running the code below to resolve our problem:

C#
int p = Primes(prime).Skip(10000).First();
Console.WriteLine("The 10 001st prime number is {0}", p);

where Primes is defined below:

C#
static IEnumerable <int> Primes(Predicate<int> prime)
{
    yield return 2;

    int p = 3;
    while (true)
    {
        if (prime(p)) yield return p;
        p += 2;
    }
}

gives the following results:

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Binary Operations

This section presents several fundamental operations for constructing new sets from given sets and for manipulating sets. Below is the Venn diagram in the algebra of sets.

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Union

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Let E and F be two sets. The union of E and F, denoted by E U F is the set of all elements which are members of either E and F.

Let Union be the union operation. Thus, the Union operation can be implemented as follows in C#:

C#
public static Predicate<T> Union<T>(this Predicate<T> e, Predicate<T> f)
  => x => e(x) || f(x);

As you can see, Union is an extension function on the Characteristic function of a set. All the operations will be defined as extension functions on the Characteristic function of a set. Thereby, running the code below:

C#
Console.WriteLine("Is 7 in the union of Even and Odd Integers Set? {0}", Even.Union(Odd)(7));

gives the following results:

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Intersection

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Let E and F be two sets. The intersection of E and F, denoted by E n F is the set of all elements which are members of both E and F.

Let Intersection be the intersection operation. Thus, the Intersection operation can be implemented as follows in C#:

C#
public static Predicate<T> Intersection<T>(this Predicate<T> e, Predicate<T> f)
  => x => e(x) && f(x);

As you can see, Intersection is an extension function on the Characteristic function of a set. Thereby, running the code below:

C#
Predicate<int> multiplesOfThreeAndFive = multipleOfThree.Intersection(multipleOfFive);
Console.WriteLine("Is 15 a multiple of 3 and 5? {0}", multiplesOfThreeAndFive(15));
Console.WriteLine("Is 10 a multiple of 3 and 5? {0}", multiplesOfThreeAndFive(10));

gives the following results:

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Cartesian Product

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Let E and F be two sets. The cartesian product of E and F, denoted by E × F is the set of all ordered pairs (e, f) such that e is a member of E and f is a member of F.

Let CartesianProduct be the cartesian product operation. Thus, the CartesianProduct operation can be implemented as follows in C#:

C#
public static Func<T1, T2, bool> 
       CartesianProduct<T1, T2>(this Predicate<T1> e, Predicate<T2> f) => (x, y)
  => e(x) && f(y);

As you can see, CartesianProduct is an extension function on the Characteristic function of a set. Thereby, running the code below:

C#
Func<int, int, bool> cartesianProduct = multipleOfThree.CartesianProduct(multipleOfFive);
Console.WriteLine("Is (9, 15) in MultipleOfThree x MultipleOfFive? {0}", 
                                 cartesianProduct(9, 15));

gives the following results:

Image 20

Complements

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Let E and F be two sets. The relative complement of F in E, denoted by E \ F is the set of all elements which are members of E but not members of F.

Let Complement be the relative complement operation. Thus, the Complement operation can be implemented as follows in C#:

C#
public static Predicate<T> Complement<T>(this Predicate<T> e, Predicate<T> f)
  => x => e(x) && !f(x);

As you can see, Complement is an extension method on the Characteristic function of a set. Thereby, running the code below:

C#
Console.WriteLine("Is 15 in MultipleOfThree \\ MultipleOfFive set? {0}", 
          multipleOfThree.Complement(multipleOfFive)(15));
Console.WriteLine("Is 9 in MultipleOfThree \\ MultipleOfFive set? {0}", 
          multipleOfThree.Complement(multipleOfFive)(9));

gives the following results:

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Symmetric Difference

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Let E and F be two sets. The symmetric difference of E and F, denoted by E Δ F is the set of all elements which are members of either E and F but not in the intersection of E and F.

Let SymmetricDifference be the symmetric difference operation. Thus, the SymmetricDifference operation can be implemented in two ways in C#. A trivial way is to use the union and complement operations as follows:

C#
public static Predicate<T> SymmetricDifferenceWithoutXor<T>
              (this Predicate<T> e, Predicate<T> f)
  => Union(e.Complement(f), f.Complement(e));

Another way is to use the XOR binary operation as follows:

C#
public static Predicate<T> SymmetricDifferenceWithXor<T>
              (this Predicate<T> e, Predicate<T> f)
  => x => e(x) ^ f(x);

As you can see, SymmetricDifferenceWithoutXor and SymmetricDifferenceWithXor are extension methods on the Characteristic function of a set. Thereby, running the code below:

C#
// SymmetricDifference without XOR
Console.WriteLine("\nSymmetricDifference without XOR:");
Predicate<int> sdWithoutXor = prime.SymmetricDifferenceWithoutXor(even);
Console.WriteLine("Is 2 in the symmetric difference of prime and even Sets? {0}", 
                   sdWithoutXor(2));
Console.WriteLine("Is 4 in the symmetric difference of prime and even Sets? {0}", 
                   sdWithoutXor(4));
Console.WriteLine("Is 7 in the symmetric difference of prime and even Sets? {0}", 
                   sdWithoutXor(7));

// SymmetricDifference with XOR
Console.WriteLine("\nSymmetricDifference with XOR:");
Predicate<int> sdWithXor = prime.SymmetricDifferenceWithXor(even);
Console.WriteLine("Is 2 in the symetric difference of prime and even Sets? {0}", 
                   sdWithXor(2));
Console.WriteLine("Is 4 in the symmetric difference of prime and even Sets? {0}", 
                   sdWithXor(4));
Console.WriteLine("Is 7 in the symmetric difference of prime and even Sets? {0}", 
                   sdWithXor(7));

gives the following results:

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Other Operations

This section presents other useful binary operations on sets.

Contains

Let Contains be the operation that checks whether or not an element is in a set. This operation is an extension function on the Characteristic function of a set that takes as parameter an element and returns true if the element is in the set, false otherwise.

Thus, this operation is defined as follows in C#:

C#
public static bool Contains<T>(this Predicate<T> e, T x) => e(x);

Therefore, running the code below:

C#
Console.WriteLine("Is 7 in the singleton {{0}}? {0}", Singleton(0).Contains(7));
Console.WriteLine("Is 7 in the singleton {{7}}? {0}", Singleton(7).Contains(7));

gives the following result:

Image 25

Add

Let Add be the operation that adds an element to a set. This operation is an extension function on the Characteristic function of a set that takes as parameter an element and adds it to the set.

Thus, this operation is defined as follows in C#:

C#
public static Predicate<T> Add<T>(this Predicate<T> s, T e) where T : notnull
  => x => x.Equals(e) || s(x);

Therefore, running the code below:

C#
Console.WriteLine("Is 7 in {{0, 7}}? {0}", Singleton(0).Add(7)(7));
Console.WriteLine("Is 0 in {{1, 0}}? {0}", Singleton(1).Add(0)(0));
Console.WriteLine("Is 7 in {{19, 0}}? {0}", Singleton(19).Add(0)(7));

gives the following result:

Image 26

Remove

Let Remove be the operation that removes an element from a set. This operation is an extension function on the Characteristic function of a set that takes as parameter an element and removes it from the set.

Thus, this operation is defined as follows in C#:

C#
public static Predicate<T> Remove<T>(this Predicate<T> s, T e) where T : notnull
  => x => !x.Equals(e) && s(x);

Therefore, running the code below:

C#
Console.WriteLine("Is 7 in {{}}? {0}", Singleton(0).Remove(0)(7));
Console.WriteLine("Is 0 in {{}}? {0}", Singleton(7).Remove(7)(0));

gives the following result:

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For Those Who Want to Go Further

You can see how easily we can do some algebra of sets in C# through functional programming. In the previous sections was shown the most fundamental definitions. But, if you want to go further, you can think about:

  • Relations over sets
  • Abstract algebra, such as monoids, groups, fields, rings, K-vectorial spaces and so on
  • Inclusion-exclusion principle
  • Russell's paradox
  • Cantor's paradox
  • Dual vector space
  • Theorems and Corollaries

Euclidean Plane

In the previous section, the fundamental concepts on sets were implemented in C#. In this section, we will practice the concepts implemented on the set of plane points (Euclidean plane).

Drawing a Disk

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A disk is a subset of a plane bounded by a circle. There are two types of disks. Closed disks which are disks that contain the points of the circle that constitutes its boundary, and Open disks which are disks that do not contain the points of the circle that constitutes its boundary.

In this section, we will set up the Characterstic function of the Closed disk and draw it in WPF.

To set up the Characterstic function, we need first a function that calculates the Euclidean Distance between two points in the plane. This function is implemented as follows:

C#
private static double EuclidianDistance(Point point1, Point point2)
  => Math.Sqrt(Math.Pow(point1.X - point2.X, 2) + Math.Pow(point1.Y - point2.Y, 2));

where Point is a struct defined in the System.Windows namespace. This formula is based on Pythagoras' Theorem.

Image 29

where c is the Euclidean distance, is (point1.X - point2.X)² and is (point1.Y - point2.Y)².

Let Disk be the Characteristic function of a closed disk. In algebra of sets, the definition of a closed disk in the reals set is as follows:

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where a and b are the coordinates of the center and R the radius.

Thus, the implementation of Disk in C# is as follows:

C#
public static Predicate<Point> Disk(Point center, double radius)
  => p => EuclidianDistance(center, p) <= radius;

In order to view the set in a result, I decided to implement a function Draw that draws a set in the Euclidean plane. I chose WPF and thus used the System.Windows.Controls.Image as a canvas and a Bitmap as the context.

Thus, I've built the Euclidean plane illustrated below through the method Draw.

Image 31

Below the implementation of the method.

C#
public static void Draw(this Predicate<Point> set, Image plane)
{
    var bitmap = new Bitmap((int)plane.Width, (int)plane.Height);

    //
    // Graph drawing
    //
    double semiWidth = plane.Width / 2;
    double semiHeight = plane.Height / 2;

    double xMin = -semiWidth;
    double xMax = +semiWidth;
    double yMin = -semiHeight;
    double yMax = +semiHeight;

    for (int x = 0; x < bitmap.Height; x++)
    {
        double xp = xMin + x * (xMax - xMin) / plane.Width;

        for (int y = 0; y < bitmap.Width; y++)
        {
            double yp = yMax - y * (yMax - yMin) / plane.Height;

            if (set(new Point(xp, yp)))
            {
                bitmap.SetPixel(x, y, Color.Black);
            }
        }
    }

    plane.Source = Imaging.CreateBitmapSourceFromHBitmap(
        bitmap.GetHbitmap(),
        IntPtr.Zero,
        Int32Rect.Empty,
        BitmapSizeOptions.FromWidthAndHeight(bitmap.Width, bitmap.Height));
}

In the Draw method, a bitmap having the same width and same height as the Euclidean plane container is created. Then each point in pixels (x,y) of the bitmap is replaced by a black point if it belongs to the set. xMin, xMax, yMin and yMax are the bounding values illustrated in the figure of the Euclidean plane above.

As you can see, Draw is an extension function on the Characteristic function of a set of points. Therefore, running the code below:

C#
Plane.Disk(new Point(0, 0), 20).Draw(PlaneCanvas);

gives the following result:

Image 32

Drawing Horizontal and Vertical Half-Planes

Image 33

A horizontal or a vertical half-plane is either of the two subsets into which a plane divides the Euclidean space. A horizontal half-plane is either of the two subsets into which a plane divides the Euclidean space through a line perpendicular with the Y axis like in the figure above. A vertical half-plane is either of the two subsets into which a plane divides the Euclidean space through a line perpendicular with the X axis.

In this section, we will set up the Characteristic functions of the horizontal and vertical half-planes, draw them in WPF and see what we can do if we combine them with the disk subset.

Let HorizontalHalfPlane be the Characteristic function of a horizontal half-plane. The implementation of HorizontalHalfPlane in C# is as follows:

C#
public static Predicate<Point> HorizontalHalfPlane(double y, bool lowerThan)
  => p => lowerThan ? p.Y <= y : p.Y >= y;

Thus, running the code below:

C#
Plane.HorizontalHalfPlane(0, true).Draw(PlaneCanvas);

gives the following result:

Image 34

Let VerticalHalfPlane be the Characteristic function of a vertical half-plane. The implementation of VerticalHalfPlane in C# is as follows:

C#
public static Predicate<Point> VerticalHalfPlane(double x, bool lowerThan)
  => p => lowerThan ? p.X <= x : p.X >= x;

Thus, running the code below:

C#
Plane.VerticalHalfPlane(0, false).Draw(PlaneCanvas);

gives the following result:

Image 35

In the first section of the article, we set up basic binary operations on sets. Thus, by combining the intersection of a disk and a half-plane for example, we can draw the half-disk subset.

Therefore, running the sample below:

C#
Plane.VerticalHalfPlane(0, false).Intersection(Plane.Disk(new Point(0, 0), 20)).Draw(PlaneCanvas);

gives the following result:

Image 36

Functions

This section presents functions on the sets in the Euclidean plane.

Translate

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Let Translate be the function that translates a point in the plane. In Euclidean geometry, Translate is a function that moves a given point a constant distance in a specified direction. Thus the implementation in C# is as follows:

C#
private static Func<Point, Point> Translate(double deltax, double deltay)
  => p => new Point(p.X + deltax, p.Y + deltay);

where (deltax, deltay) is the constant vector of the translation.

Let TranslateSet be the function that translates a set in the plane. This function is simply implemented as follows in C#:

C#
public static Predicate<Point> TranslateSet
       (this Predicate<Point> set, double deltax, double deltay)
  => x => set(Translate(-deltax, -deltay)(x));

TranslateSet is an extension function on a set. It takes as parameters deltax which is the delta distance in the first Euclidean dimension and deltay which is the delta distance in the second Euclidean dimension. If a point P (x, y) is translated in a set S, then its coordinates will change to (x', y') = (x + delatx, y + deltay). Thus, the point (x' - delatx, y' - deltay) will always belong to the set S. In set algebra, TranslateSet is called isomorph, in other words, the set of all translations forms the translation group T, which is isomorphic to the space itself. This explains the main logic of the function.

Thus, running the code below in our WPF application:

C#
TranslateDiskAnimation();

where TranslateDiskAnimation is described below:

C#
private const double Delta = 50;
private double _diskDeltay;
private readonly Predicate<Point> _disk = Plane.Disk(new Point(0, -170), 80);

private void TranslateDiskAnimation()
{
    DispatcherTimer diskTimer = new DispatcherTimer 
                    { Interval = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 0, 1, 0) };
    diskTimer.Tick += TranslateTimer_Tick;
    diskTimer.Start();
}

private void TranslateTimer_Tick(object? sender, EventArgs e)
{
    _diskDeltay = _diskDeltay <= plan.Height ? _diskDeltay + Delta : Delta;
    Predicate<Point> translatedDisk = _diskDeltay <= plan.Height ? 
                                      _disk.TranslateSet(0, _diskDeltay) : _disk;
    translatedDisk.Draw(PlaneCanvas);
}

gives the following result:

Image 38

Homothety

Image 39

Let Scale be the function that sends any point M to another point N such that the segment SN is on the same line as SM, but scaled by a factor λ. In algebra of sets, Scale is formulated as follows:

Image 40

Thus the implementation in C# is as follows:

C#
private static Func<Point, Point> Scale
    (double deltax, double deltay, double lambdax, double lambday)
  => p => new Point(lambdax * p.X + deltax, lambday * p.Y + deltay);

where (deltax, deltay) is the constant vector of the translation and (lambdax, lambday) is the λ vector.

Let ScaleSet be the function that applies an homothety on a set in the plan. This function is simply implemented as follows in C#:

C#
public static Predicate<Point> ScaleSet
    (this Predicate<Point> set, double deltax, double deltay, double lambdax,
    double lambday) =>
    x => set(Scale(-deltax / lambdax, -deltay / lambday, 1 / lambdax, 1 / lambday)(x));

ScaleSet is an extension function on a set. It takes as parameters deltax which is the delta distance in the first Euclidean dimension, deltay which is the delta distance in the second Euclidean dimension and (lambdax, lambday) which is the constant factor vector λ. If a point P (x, y) is transformed through ScaleSet in a set S, then its coordinates will change to (x', y') = (lambdax * x + delatx, lambday * y + deltay). Thus, the point ((x'- delatx)/lambdax, (y' - deltay)/lambday) will always belong to the set S, If λ is different from the vector 0, of course. In algebra of sets, ScaleSet is called isomorph, in other words the set of all homotheties forms the Homothety group H, which is isomorphic to the space itself \ {0}. This explains the main logic of the function.

Thus, running the code below in our WPF application:

C#
ScaleDiskAnimation();

where ScaleDiskAnimation is described below:

C#
private const double Delta = 50;
private double _lambdaFactor = 1;
private double _diskScaleDeltay;
private readonly Predicate<Point> _disk2 = Plane.Disk(new Point(0, -230), 20);

private void ScaleDiskAnimation()
{
    DispatcherTimer scaleTimer = new DispatcherTimer 
        { Interval = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 0, 1, 0) };
    scaleTimer.Tick += ScaleTimer_Tick;
    scaleTimer.Start();
}

private void ScaleTimer_Tick(object? sender, EventArgs e)
{
    _diskScaleDeltay = _diskScaleDeltay <= plan.Height ? 
                       _diskScaleDeltay + Delta : Delta;
    _lambdaFactor = _diskScaleDeltay <= plan.Height ? _lambdaFactor + 0.5 : 1;
    Predicate<Point> scaledDisk = _diskScaleDeltay <= plan.Height
                                        ? _disk2.ScaleSet(0, _diskScaleDeltay, 
                                          _lambdaFactor, 1)
                                        : _disk2;
    scaledDisk.Draw(PlaneCanvas);
}

gives the following result:

Image 41

Rotate

Image 42

Let Rotation be the function that rotates a point with an angle θ. In matrix algebra, Rotation is formulated as follows:

Image 43

where (x', y') are the co-ordinates of the point after rotation, and the formula for x' and y' is as follows:

Image 44

The demonstration of this formula is very simple. Have a look at this rotation.

Image 45

Below the demonstration:

Image 46

Thus the implementation in C# is as follows:

C#
private static Func<Point, Point> Rotate(double theta)
  => p => new Point(p.X * Math.Cos(theta) - p.Y * Math.Sin(theta),
                    p.X * Math.Sin(theta) + p.Y * Math.Cos(theta));

Let RotateSet be the function that applies a rotation on a set in the plane with the angle θ. This function is simply implemented as follow in C#.

C#
public static Predicate<Point> RotateSet(this Predicate<Point> set, double theta)
  => p => set(Rotate(-theta)(p));

RotateSet is an extension function on a set. It takes as parameter theta which is the angle of the rotation. If a point P (x, y) is transformed through RotateSet in a set S, then its coordinates will change to (x', y') = (x * cos(θ) - y * sin(θ), x * cos(θ) + y * sin(θ)). Thus, the point (x' * cos(θ) + y' * sin(θ), x' * cos(θ) - y' * sin(θ)) will always belong to the set S. In algebra of sets, RotateSet is called isomorph, in other words, the set of all rotations forms the Rotation group R, which is isomorphic to the space itself. This explains the main logic of the function.

Thus, running the code below in our WPF application:

C#
RotateHalfPlaneAnimation();

where RotateHalfPlaneAnimation is described below:

C#
private double _theta;
private const double TWO_PI = 2 * Math.PI;
private const double HALF_PI = Math.PI / 2;
private readonly Predicate<Point> _halfPlane = Plane.VerticalHalfPlane(220, false);

private void RotateHalfPlaneAnimation()
{
    DispatcherTimer rotateTimer = 
          new DispatcherTimer { Interval = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 0, 1, 0) };
    rotateTimer.Tick += RotateTimer_Tick;
    rotateTimer.Start();
}

private void RotateTimer_Tick(object? sender, EventArgs e)
{
    _halfPlane.RotateSet(_theta).Draw(PlaneCanvas);
    _theta += HALF_PI;
    _theta %= TWO_PI;
}

gives the following result:

Image 47

For Those Who Want to Go Further

Very simple, isn't it? For those who want to go further, you can explore these:

  • Ellipse
  • Three-dimensional Euclidean space
  • Ellipsoid
  • Paraboloid
  • Hyperboloid
  • Spherical harmonics
  • Superellipsoid
  • Haumea
  • Homoeoid
  • Focaloid

Fractals

Image 48

Fractals are sets that have a fractal dimension that usually exceeds their topological dimension and may fall between the integers. For example, the Mandelbrot set is a fractal defined by a family of complex quadratic polynomials:

Pc(z) = z^2 + c

where c is a complex. The Mandelbrot fractal is defined as the set of all points c such that the above sequence does not escape to infinity. In algebra of sets, this is formulated as follows:

Image 49

A Mandelbrot set is illustrated above.

Fractals (abstract data type) can always be represented as follows in C#:

C#
Func<Complex, Complex> fractal;

Complex Numbers and Drawing

In order to be able to draw fractals, I needed to manipulate Complex numbers. Thus, I've used Meta.numerics library. I also needed an utility to draw complex numbers in a Bitmap, thus I used ColorMap and ClorTriplet classes that are available in this CodeProject article.

Mandelbrot Fractal

I've created a Mandelbrot (abstract data type representation) P(z) = z^2 + c that is available below.

C#
public static Func<Complex, Complex, Complex> MandelbrotFractal() => (c, z) => z * z + c;

In order to be able to draw Complex numbers, I needed to update the Draw function. Thus, I created an overload of the Draw function that uses ColorMap and ClorTriplet classes. Below is the implementation in C#.

C#
public static void Draw(this Func<Complex, Complex> fractal, Image plane)
{
    var bitmap = new Bitmap((int)plane.Width, (int)plane.Height);

    const double reMin = -3.0;
    const double reMax = +3.0;
    const double imMin = -3.0;
    const double imMax = +3.0;

    for (int x = 0; x < plane.Width; x++)
    {
        double re = reMin + x * (reMax - reMin) / plane.Width;
        for (int y = 0; y < plane.Height; y++)
        {
            double im = imMax - y * (imMax - imMin) / plane.Height;

            var z = new Complex(re, im);
            Complex fz = fractal(z);

            if (Double.IsInfinity(fz.Re) || Double.IsNaN(fz.Re) || 
                                            Double.IsInfinity(fz.Im) ||
                Double.IsNaN(fz.Im))
            {
                continue;
            }

            ColorTriplet hsv = ColorMap.ComplexToHsv(fz);

            ColorTriplet rgb = ColorMap.HsvToRgb(hsv);
            var r = (int)Math.Truncate(255.0 * rgb.X);
            var g = (int)Math.Truncate(255.0 * rgb.Y);
            var b = (int)Math.Truncate(255.0 * rgb.Z);
            Color color = Color.FromArgb(r, g, b);

            bitmap.SetPixel(x, y, color);
        }
    }

    plane.Source = Imaging.CreateBitmapSourceFromHBitmap(
        bitmap.GetHbitmap(),
        IntPtr.Zero,
        Int32Rect.Empty,
        BitmapSizeOptions.FromWidthAndHeight(bitmap.Width, bitmap.Height));
}

Thus, running the code below:

C#
Plane.MandelbrotFractal().Draw(PlaneCanvas, 20, 1.5);

gives the following result:

Image 50

Newton Fractal

I've also created a Newton Fractal (abstract data type representation) P(z) = z^3 - 2*z + 2 that is available below:

C#
public static Func<Complex, Complex> NewtonFractal() => z => z * z * z - 2 * z + 2;

Thus, running the code below:

C#
Plane.NewtonFractal().Draw(PlaneCanvas);

gives the following result:

Image 51

For Those Who Want to Go Further

For those who want to go further, you can explore these:

  • Mandelbrot Fractals
  • Julia Fractals
  • Other Newton Fractals
  • Other Fractals

Introduction to Laziness

In this section, we will see how to make a type Lazy.

Lazy evaluation is an evaluation strategy which delays the evaluation of an expression until its value is needed and which also avoids repeated evaluations. The sharing can reduce the running time of certain functions by an exponential factor over other non-strict evaluation strategies, such as call-by-name. Below the benefits of Lazy evaluation.

  • Performance increases by avoiding needless calculations, and error conditions in evaluating compound expressions
  • The ability to construct potentially infinite data structure: We can easily create an infinite set of integers, for example, through a function (see the example on prime numbers in the Sets section)
  • The ability to define control flow (structures) as abstractions instead of primitives

Let's have a look at the code below:

C#
public class MyLazy<T>
{
    #region Fields

    private readonly Func<T> _f;
    private bool _hasValue;
    private T? _value;

    #endregion

    #region Constructors

    public MyLazy(Func<T> f)
    {
        _f = f;
    }

    #endregion

    #region Operators

    //
    // Use objects of type MyLazy<T> as objects of type T 
    // through implicit keyword
    //
    public static implicit operator T?(MyLazy<T?> lazy)
    {
        if (!lazy._hasValue)
        {
            lazy._value = lazy._f();
            lazy._hasValue = true;
        }

        return lazy._value;
    }

    #endregion
}

MyLazy<T> is a generic class that contains the following fields:

  • _f: A function for lazy evaluation that returns a value of type T
  • _value: A value of type T (frozen value)
  • _hasValue: A boolean that indicates whether the value has been calculated or not

In order to use objects of type MyLazy<T> as objects of type T, the implicit keyword is used. The evaluation is done at type casting time, this operation is called thaw.

Thus, running the code below:

C#
var myLazyRandom = new MyLazy<double>(GetRandomNumber);
double myRandomX = myLazyRandom;
Console.WriteLine("\n Random with MyLazy<double>: {0}", myRandomX);

where GetRandomNumber returns a random double as follows:

C#
static double GetRandomNumber() => new Random().NextDouble();

gives the following output:

Image 52

The .NET Framework 4 introduced a class System.Lazy<T> for lazy evaluation. This class returns the value through the property Value. Running the code below:

C#
var lazyRandom = new Lazy<double>(GetRandomNumber);
double randomX = lazyRandom;

gives a compilation error because the type Lazy<T> is different from the type double.

To work with the value of the class System.Lazy<T>, the property Value has to be used as follows:

C#
var lazyRandom = new Lazy<double>(GetRandomNumber);
double randomX = lazyRandom.Value;
Console.WriteLine("\n Random with System.Lazy<double>.Value: {0}", randomX);

which gives the following output:

Image 53

The .NET Framework 4 also introduced ThreadLocal and LazyInitializer for Lazy evaluation.

Running the Source Code

To run the source code, you will need Visual Studio 2022 and .NET 7.0 SDK.

Below are the projects available in the solution:

Image 54

  • Functional.Core is a class library that contains sets functions and helpers.
  • Functional.Core.WPF is a WPF class library that contains plane and fractals functions and helpers.
  • Functional.EuclideanPlane is a WPF application that contains Euclidean Plane and Fractals samples.
  • Functional.Laziness is a Console application that contains Laziness samples.
  • Functional.Set is a Console application that contains sets samples.

That's it! I hope you enjoyed reading.

References

History

  • 19th October 2023:
    • Initial release
  • 11th April 2024:
    • Upgrade to .NET 8.0
    • Bump System.Drawing.Common from 7.0.0 to 8.0.4

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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