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Learning Jupyter by Dan Toomey

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Scala higher-order functions

A higher-order function either takes other functions as arguments or returns a function as its result.

We can use this example script:

def squared(x: Int): Int = x * x
def cubed(x: Int): Int = x * x * x
def process(a: Int, processor: Int => Int): Int = {processor(a) }
val fiveSquared = process(5, squared)
val sevenCubed = process(7, cubed)

We define two functions; one squares the number passed and the other cubes the number passed.

Next, we define the higher-order function that takes the number to work on and the processor to apply.

Lastly, we call each one. For example, we call process() with 5 and the squared() function. The process() function passes the 5 to the squared() function and returns the result:

We take advantage ...

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