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Rules 55 Genealogical Database 4- Build rules for the various family relationships that were developed as queries in the last chapter. For example mother(M,C):parent(M,C), female(M). 5- Build a rule for siblings. You will probably find your rule lists an individual as his/her own sibling. Use trace to figure out why. 6- We can fix the problem of individuals being their own siblings by using the built-in predicate that succeeds if two values are unequal. and fails if they are the same. The predicate is \==(X,Y).

Easy(X). gizmo(a,X). gizmo(X,3). gizmo(d,Y). gizmo(X,X). 2- Consider this database, harder(a,1 ). harder(c,X). harder(b,4). harder(d,2). and predict the answers to these queries. - harder(a,X). harder(c,X}. harder(X,1}. harder(X,4). Simple Queries 29 Adventure Game 3- Enter the interpreter and reproduce some of the example queries you have seen against location/2. List or print location/2 for reference if you need it. Remember to respond with a semicolon (;) to the arrow (-» prompt for multiple answers.

In practice it can continue until the interpreter runs out of space. 1 shows the control flow after the head of a rule has been matched. Notice how backtracking from the third goal of the first level now goes into the second level. 1. Control flow with rules In this example, the middle goal on the first level succeeds or fails if its body succeeds or fails. When entered from the right (redo) the goal reenters its body query from the right (redo) . When the query fails, the next clause of the first-level goal is tried, and if the next clause is also a rule, the process is repeated with the second clause's body.

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