dds: A Home-made Toolkit for Discrete Dynamical Systems in Racket
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dds: A Home-made Toolkit for Discrete Dynamical Systems in Racket

This is a toolkit for playing with various discrete dynamical systems in Racket. A discrete dynamical system is a system which evolves from a discrete state to some other discrete states (many or one). The systems are discrete in the sense that we can identify successive states with no other states in between. Equivalently, the phase state of the system is discrete (and is often called the state graph). These constraints imply the possibility of associating discrete, possibly branching timelines to any evolution of the system.

DISCLAIMER: I develop this toolkit as a support for my research on discrete dynamical systems. The primary objective for this framework is to fit my approach to these systems. Essentially, this framework should fit to the "shape of my mind", which is not necessarily the same as yours.

Currently, the toolkit includes the following files:

  • generic.rkt: The generic interface for a discrete dynamical system, with functions for constructing state graphs.

  • utils.rkt: Misc utilities.

  • functions.rkt: Definitions for working with functions: tabulating, constructing from tables, generating random functions, etc.

  • networks.rkt: Implements network-based models, which generalise Boolean networks, threshold Boolean automata networks, multivalued networks, etc.

  • rs.rkt: Implements reaction systems, a variant of set rewriting.

The toolkit is designed with Emacs Org-mode interoperability in mind. The file example/ explains the features available for interaction with Org-mode.


Here is my current roadmap for this toolkit, in order. The first element is what I am currently working on. The degree of certainty that I work on the subsequent items decreases with their position in the list.

TODO Convert dds to Typed Racket

Rewriting dds with Typed Racket will be a major refactoring, consisting in the following 3 phases which will happen more or less in parallel:

  • define types, add type signatures, add types for functions I import from graph;

  • transfer the comments from the source files to Scribble documentation;

  • redefine the generic interface for dynamics, which is currently in generics.

I plan to implement the new dynamics as a structure, from which all the concrete dynamics of the objects will inherit. This will hopefully work like interface inheritance. The current plan is to start converting networks to Typed Racket, then starting the new module dynamics to fill in the blanks progressively by moving over bits of code from generics. The goal is to have an empty generics module at the end.

People on Racket Users suggested using structures with fields containing functions, but it does not seem to get me to my goal of having type-level methods/functions.

The order in which I will convert the modules:

  1. utils,

  2. functions,

  3. networks and dynamics (currently generics) at the same time,

  4. networks,

  5. rs.

I will convert the modules one by one by first creating a typed section (a submodule) and re-exporting its functions together with the untyped functions. I will then move the functions one by one from the untyped section to the typed section. When the untyped section is empty, I will convert the language of the entire module to Typed Racket and remove the submodule.

TODO Remove the artifacts of conversion to Typed Racket

Since I am converting dds to Typed Racket gradually, I need to leave a couple artifacts to ensure that older code compiles with newer code. These artifacts are marked with the keywords TODO: in the source.

TODO Think about splitting the library into lib and doc

TODO Consider splitting dds/utils into a separate package

TODO Implement a shorter syntax for defining Boolean functions

Right now, this is how one defines the Boolean function:

(define (update-go st)
(or (and (not :Go) :new-x) (and :Go :old-x))))

It would be nice and probably not too difficult to implement a macro allowing for a syntax like the following one:

(define-pbf my-pbf (or (and (not :Go) :new-x) (and :Go :old-x)))

TODO Implement monotone?

monotone? would verify whether a given Boolean function is monotone according to the definition in the book Boolean Functions: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications by Crama and Hammer.

TODO Submit update-graph to stchang

DONE Split networks into general networks and threshold Boolean networks

TODO Consider optimizing the algorithms in networks and dynamics

TODO Implement the BN → RS conversion

TODO Implement the minimisation of TBF/SBF

TODO Contribute to Racket

  • Make sequence-filter allow multivalued sequences, provided the arity of the predicate is consistent with the arity of the sequence.

  • Add a sequence->hash function that accepts a multivalued sequence of keys and values (exactly like what in-hash produces) and copies them into a hash table.

TODO Test network inference with Racklog