Constant functions

class sage.misc.constant_function.ConstantFunction

Bases: sage.structure.sage_object.SageObject

A class for function objects implementing constant functions.

EXAMPLES:

sage: f = ConstantFunction(3)
sage: f
The constant function (...) -> 3
sage: f()
3
sage: f(5)
3

Such a function could be implemented as a lambda expression, but this is not (currently) picklable:

sage: g = lambda x: 3
sage: g == loads(dumps(g))
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
PicklingError: Can't pickle ...: attribute lookup ... failed
sage: f == loads(dumps(f))
True

Also, in the long run, the information that this function is constant could be used by some algorithms.

Todo

  • Should constant functions have unique representation?
  • Should the number of arguments be specified in the input?
  • Should this go into sage.categories.maps? Then what should be the parent (e.g. for lambda x: True)?