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### Product function

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:12 pm
I'm very new to Lisp.
I'm trying to make a product function that takes in an arbitrary parameter x. The function should return the product of all numeric values contained within x. For example,
> (product ’x) 1
> (product ’(x 5)) 5
> (product ’((2 2) 3) ) 12
> (product ’((a 3) (2 1)) ) 6

I've been given the hint to use consp and numberp. I was able to figure out if the parameter is just 'x --> 1, or if it's like '(2 5) --> 10. What I can't figure out is how to deal with a letter and a number, or dealing with sublists.

Here's what I've done so far:
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`(defun product (x)    "This function takes in an arbitrary parameter x, and returns the product of all numeric values contained within x."    (cond        ((consp x) (* (car x)(cadr x)))            ((numberp x) x)        (t 1)    ))`

### Re: Product function

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:47 pm
There are a few ways to do this.

I would guess that you are supposed to use recursion for complex forms.

In other words, have the product function call product on smaller pieces of the input.

### Re: Product function

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:45 am
Thanks. I got it with recursion.
Here's what I was able to figure out:
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`(defun product (x)    "This function takes in an arbitrary parameter x, and returns the product of all numeric values contained within x."    (cond        ((consp x) (* (product (car x)) (product (cdr x))))        ((numberp x) (* x 1))        (t 1)    ));tests(print (product '((2 2) 3))) --> 12(print (product '(3 5))) --> 15(print (product 'x)) --> 1(print (product '('x 5))) --> 5(print (product '((a 3) (2 1)))) --> 6`