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  Describe atom type.
<!-- atom.mldoc -->

<!DOCTYPE ML-DOC SYSTEM>

<COPYRIGHT OWNER="Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies" YEAR=2000>
<VERSION VERID="1.0" YEAR=2000 MONTH=11 DAY=21>
<TITLE>The Atom structure</TITLE>

<INTERFACE>
<HEAD>The <CD/ATOM/ signature</HEAD>
  <SEEALSO>
    <STRREF TOPID>AtomMap</STRREF>
    <STRREF TOPID>AtomSet</STRREF>
    <STRREF TOPID>AtomTable</STRREF>
    <STRREF TOPID>AtomBinaryMap</STRREF>
    <STRREF TOPID>AtomBinarySet</STRREF>
    <STRREF TOPID>AtomRedBlackMap</STRREF>
    <STRREF TOPID>AtomRedBlackSet</STRREF>
  </SEEALSO>

<PP>
Atoms are uniquely represented strings that support fast equality/inequality
tests, as well as hashing and ordered comparisons.

<STRUCTURE STRID="Atom">
  <SIGBODY SIGID="ATOM" FILE=ATOM>
    <SPEC>
      <TYPE><ID>atom
      <COMMENT>
	<PP>
	Atoms are uniquely represented strings that support fast
	equality/inequality tests.
    <SPEC>
      <VAL>atom<TY>string -> atom
        <COMMENT>
          <PROTOTY>
          atom <ARG/s/
          </PROTOTY>
          <PP>
          maps the string <ARG>s</ARG> to the corresponding unique atom.
        </COMMENT>
    <SPEC>
      <VAL>atom'<TY>substring -> atom
        <COMMENT>
          <PROTOTY>
          atom' <ARG/ss/
          </PROTOTY>
          <PP>
          maps the substring <ARG>ss</ARG> to the corresponding unique atom.
        </COMMENT>
    <SPEC>
      <VAL>toString<TY>atom -> string
        <COMMENT>
          <PROTOTY>
          toString <ARG/a/
          </PROTOTY>
          <PP>
          returns the string representation of the atom <ARG>a</ARG>.
        </COMMENT>
    <SPEC>
      <VAL>sameAtom<TY>(atom * atom) -> bool
        <COMMENT>
          <PROTOTY>
          sameAtom (<ARG/a1/, <ARG/a2/)
          </PROTOTY>
          <PP>
          returns true if the atoms <ARG>a1</ARG> and <ARG>a2</ARG> are the same.
	  This test is constant-time.
        </COMMENT>
    <SPEC>
      <VAL>compare<TY>(atom * atom) -> order
        <COMMENT>
          <PROTOTY>
          compare (<ARG/a1/, <ARG/a2/)
          </PROTOTY>
          <PP>
          compares the atoms the atoms <ARG>a1</ARG> and <ARG>a2</ARG>
	  for their relative order.
	  <EM>Note that this is not the lexical order of their underlying
	  strings.</EM>
        </COMMENT>
    <SPEC>
      <VAL>hash<TY>atom -> word
        <COMMENT>
          <PROTOTY>
          hash <ARG/a/
          </PROTOTY>
          <PP>
          returns a hash key for the atom <ARG>a</ARG>.
        </COMMENT>
  </SIGBODY>
</STRUCTURE>

</INTERFACE>

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