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bug#15912: Improve API of recently-added bool vector functions.

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#15912: Improve API of recently-added bool vector functions.
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:17:32 -0800
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Daniel Colascione wrote:

> I ... dislike count-leading as a name: it suggests that the function
> is useful only at the beginning of a vector. How about count-consecutive?

Sounds good.  Revised patch attached.

> bool-vector-count-matches is supposed to be evocative to CL's
> count-matches, which has a similar interface.

I can't find 'count-matches' in the online documentation for CL, here:


It appears that (bool-vector-count-population A) would
correspond to Common Lisp's (count t A), and that
(bool-vector-count-consecutive A B I) would correspond to
Common Lisp's (- (or (position (not B) A :start I) (length A)) I).
If so, Common Lisp's API is so far from the latter primitive
that its names don't seem to provide much guidance.
It might make sense to rename the former primitive's name
to bool-vector-count-t, if you'd prefer that.

(P.S. I don't use CL much, so if I'm missing out on some
commonly-used CL library somewhere, please bear with me.)

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