Binary Function


Category: functors 
Component type: concept 
Description
A Binary Function is a kind of function object: an object that is called
as if it were an ordinary C++ function. A Binary Function is called with
two arguments.
Refinement of
Assignable
Associated types
First argument type

The type of the Binary Function's first argument.

Second argument type

The type of the Binary Function's second argument.

Result type

The type returned when the Binary Function is called

Notation
F

A type that is a model of BinaryFunction

X

The first argument type of F

Y

The second argument type of F

Result

The result type of F

f

Object of type F

x

Object of type X

y

Object of type Y

Definitions
The domain of a Binary Function is the set of all ordered
pairs (x, y) that are permissible values for its arguments.
The range of a Binary Function is the set of all possible value that it
may return.
Valid expressions
Name

Expression

Type requirements

Return type

Function call

f(x,y)


Result

Expression semantics
Name

Expression

Precondition

Semantics

Postcondition

Function call

f(x,y)

The ordered pair (x,y) is in f's domain

Calls f with x and y as arguments, and returns a value of type Result [1]

The return value is in f's range

Complexity guarantees
Invariants
Models
Notes
[1]
Two different invocations of f may return different results, even
if f is called with the same arguments both times.
A Binary Function may refer to local state, perform I/O,
and so on. The expression f(x,y) is permitted to change f's state.
See also
Function Object overview, Generator, Unary Function
Adaptable Binary Function
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