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7  Abstracting Over the Data Type

Practice Problems

Practice problems help you get started, if some of the lab and lecture material is not clear. You are not required to do these problems, but make sure you understand how you would solve them. Solving them on paper is a great preparation for the exams.

Finish Lab 7 and include all the work in your portfolio.

Pair Programming Assignment

7.1  Problem

Binary Search

Start with a new project and create two files: Algorithms.java and

  1. In the ExamplesAlgorithms make examples of sorted ArrayLists of Strings and Integers.

    Of course, there is no constructor that creates an ArrayList filled with values. You need to define a method initData that adds the values to the initially empty ArrayLists one at a time.

  2. Next, design two classes that implement the Comparator interface in Java Collections — one that compares Strings by lexicographical ordering, one that compares Integers by their magnitude.

  3. Now, design the method binarySearch in the class Algorithms that consumes the lower index (inclusive), the upper index (exclusive), an ArrayList of data of the type T, a Comparator of the type T, and an object of the type T and produces the index for this object in the given ArrayList or throws a RuntimeException if the object is not found.

7.2  Problem

Abstracting Over the Data Type

Download the file Expressions.java. It includes the implementation and some sample tests of the classes that represent an arithmetic expression where the values can only be integers, and the only operation allowed is addition.

  1. Study the class diagram for this class hierarchy. Extend the example so that the expressions can also include multiplication.

    Hint: Add the class Times.

  2. Design the method toString that produces a String representation of this expression with parentheses surrounding every binary expression. Define examples that represent the following expressions and include tests that verify that they have been correctly rendered as Strings’:

    (2 + (3 + 4))
    ((3 + 5) * ((2 * 3) + 5))

  3. We now want to represent relational expressions (that compare two integer values and produce a boolean value). We limit our choices to the greater than and equal to comparisons. We also want to represent boolean expressions, and as well as or.

    Change the definitions so that they are parametrized over the type of data you will use.

    The IExp interface is parametrized only over the type of value it represents when evaluated.

    The BinOp class needs to be parametrized over the type of operands it receives, as well as the type of value it produces.

  4. Add the necessary class definitions so you can represent relational and arithmetic expressions.

    Make sure you have examples for each of them, as well as tests for the eval method.

  5. Now design two new classes IntVar and BoolVar that will represent a variable of the appropriate type in the expression and implements IExp. It needs to keep track of its name, e.g. x, or width, etc.

    It should include a method substInt for the class IntVar and the method substBool for the class BoolVar that consumes a String and an argument of the appropriate type and produces an instance of a Value that represents the given value, provided the given String matches the variable name. In all other cases it just returns this.

    Of course, it has to include the method eval. However, this method should throw an exception, indicating that an expression with a variable in it cannot be evaluated.

  6. Design the method noVars, a predicate that verifies that the expression does not contain any variables.

  7. Design the methods substInt and substBool for the entire IExp class hierarchy, that produces a new IExp in which every occurrence of Var that matches the given name is replaced with an instance of the class Value with the given value. Throw an exception if there is an attempt to substitute a boolean value for the identifier that represents an int value as well as if there is an attempt to substitute a int value for the identifier that represents an boolean value.

7.3  Problem

Abstract Data Type

During the lectures we have defined the interface DataSet.java as follows:

// to represent a collection of data of the type T
interface DataSet<T>{

  // add the given item to this data set
  void add(T t);

  // EFFECT: remove an item from this data set
  // return the item that has been removed
  // throw a RuntimeException if this data set is empty
  T remove();

  // return the the number of items in this data set
  int size();

  1. Make examples of ArrayLists of Strings that represent playing cards. If you do not wish to use playing cards as examples, you can use any other collection of Strings. In our choice of a simple representation we have:

     "Qh"  - for queen of hearts
     "10s"  - for 10 of spades
     "3d"  - for 3 of diamonds
     "Jc"  - for jack of clubs

    Again, you will need an initData method to fill the sample lists with values.

    Use these examples to design tests for the next two classes:

  2. Design the class Stack that implements the DataSet interface using an ArrayList to hold the data items and adds and removes the items at the same end.

    This is also known as LIFO — last in, first out organization.

  3. Design the class Queue that implements the DataSet interface using an ArrayList to hold the data items and adds the data items at one end and removes the items from the other end.

    This is also known as FIFO — first in, first out organization.

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