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 noun One that performs an operation or a function.
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 noun grammar a
function word  noun computing a
function object  noun mathematics a structurepreserving
mapping betweencategories : if F is a functor from category C to category D, then F maps objects of C to objects of D and morphisms of C to morphisms of D such that any morphism f:X→Y of C is mapped to a morphism F(f): F(X) → F(Y) of D, such that if then , and such that identity morphisms (and only identity morphisms) are mapped to identity morphisms. Note: the functor just described iscovariant .
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In the regimented environment of LeÅniewski's logical languages this always takes place in the following way: a combining expression, which we may call a functor, precedes a left parenthesis of some kind, which is then followed by a sequence of one or more argument expressions, followed by a right parenthesis symmetric to the other one, which terminates the complex.
StanisÅaw LeÅniewski Simons, Peter 2007

Strict memoization (really hyperstrict) is centered on a family of trie functors, defined as a functor
Planet Haskell 2010

"functor" we need to be clear whether we're talking about one of these objects (ie a functor in the underlying category), or about a functor over this category.
Planet Haskell 2009

Moreover, in GEM the generalized Product principle (P. 16Ï) is also derivable as a theorem, with ˜Ï™ as weak as the requirement of mutual overlap, and we can introduce a corresponding functor as follows:

I am pretty sure that violates one of the applicative functor laws. (f pure x = pure ($x) f).

For example, “is” has s/nn as its categorial index; it says that” is “is a twoplaced functor of two nominal arguments which forms a sentence.
LvovWarsaw School Wole&324;ski, Jan 2009

I am pretty sure that violates one of the applicative functor laws. (f pure x = pure ($x) f).

So quantum mechanics and general relativity at least within this “partial functor” are equivalent, and might ultimately prove to be two aspects of an identical system.
If We Live in a Multiverse, How Many Are There?  Universe Today 2009

Since quotations are functor expressions without internal structure, (BQ2) is explained: there's no possibility for quantifying into a quotation on this view.
Quotation Cappelen, Herman 2009

Coarsegraining might be represented as a functor, or something like that, establishing some kind of equivalence which lets you have a weaker notion of isomorphism.
Arrow of Time FAQ Sean 2007
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