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# Lambda abstraction

A term in lambda-calculus denoting a function. A lambda abstraction begins with a lower-case lambda (represented as “\” in this document), followed by a variable name (the “bound variable”), a full stop and a lambda expression (the body). The body is taken to extend as far to the right as possible so, for example an expression,
\ x . \ y . x+y
\ x . (\ y . x+y).
A nested abstraction such as this is often abbreviated to:
\ x y . x + y
The lambda expression (\ v . E) denotes a function which takes an argument and returns the term E with all free occurrences of v replaced by the actual argument. Application is represented by juxtaposition so
(\ x . x) 42
represents the identity function applied to the constant 42.
A lambda abstraction in Lisp is written as the symbol lambda, a list of zero or more variable names and a list of zero or more terms, e.g.
(lambda (x y) (plus x y))
Lambda expressions in Haskell are written as a backslash, “\”, one or more patterns (e.g. variable names), “->” and an expression, e.g. \ x -> x.
(1995-01-24)

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• Lambda-calculus

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• Lambda-c baryon

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