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Common Lisp Counting problem

  1. Mar 26, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Write a function (count s x) that searches a data structure composed of pairs
    (arbitarily nested) for a symbol x and returns the number of times it occurs.

    2. Relevant equations

    Assuming you have the correct function written, you should get the following:

    (count '((a . b) b c () a . d) a) should return 2.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I don't really know much about lisp, we just started talking about it. I do know how to write a very basic counting function, that just counts every element in a list:


    (defun count-elements(L)
    (cond ((null l) 0)
    ((atom l) 1)
    (t (+ (count-elements (car l))
    (count-elements (cdr l))))))


    So, how would I pick out a specific element in my list?
     
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