F# Seq module implemented in C# for IEnumerable?

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F# has a bunch of standard sequence operators I have come to know and love from my experience with Mathematica. F# is getting lots of my attention now, and when it is in general release, I intend to use it frequently.

Right now, since F# isn't yet in general release, I can't really use it in production code. LINQ implements some of these operators using SQL-like names (e.g. 'select' is 'map', and 'where' is 'filter'), but I can find no implementation of 'fold', 'iter' or 'partition'.

Has anyone seen any C# implementation of standard sequence operators? Is this something someone should write?

6/3/2011 3:32:14 PM

Exper Answer

  • fold = Aggregate

Tell use what iter and partition do, and we might fill in the blanks. I'm guessing iter=SelectMany and partition might involve Skip/Take?

(update) I looked up Partition - here's a crude implementation that does some of it:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
static class Program { // formatted for space
    // usage
    static void Main() {
        int[] data = { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 };
        var qry = data.Partition(2);

        foreach (var grp in qry) {
            foreach (var item in grp) {

    static IEnumerable<IEnumerable<T>> Partition<T>(
            this IEnumerable<T> source, int size) {

        int count = 0;
        T[] group = null; // use arrays as buffer
        foreach (T item in source) {
            if (group == null) group = new T[size];
            group[count++] = item;
            if (count == size) {
                yield return group;
                group = null;
                count = 0;
        if (count > 0) {
            Array.Resize(ref group, count);
            yield return group;
1/4/2009 10:12:21 AM

If you look carefully, many Seq operations have a LINQ equivalent or can be easily derived. Just looking down the list...

  • Seq.append = Concat<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource> second)

  • Seq.concat = SelectMany<IEnumerable<TSource>, TResult>(s => s)

  • Seq.distinct_by = GroupBy(keySelector).Select(g => g.First())

  • Seq.exists = Any<TSource>(Func<TSource, bool> predicate)

  • Seq.mapi = Select<TSource, TResult>(Func<TSource, Int32, TResult> selector)

  • Seq.fold = Aggregate<TSource, TAccumulate>(TAccumulate seed, Func<TAccumulate, TSource, TAccumulate> func)

List.partition is defined like this:

Split the collection into two collections, containing the elements for which the given predicate returns true and false respectively

Which we can implement using GroupBy and a two-element array as a poor-man's tuple:

public static IEnumerable<TSource>[] Partition<TSource>(this IEnumerable<TSource> source, Func<TSource, bool> predicate)
    return source.GroupBy(predicate).OrderByDescending(g => g.Key).ToArray();

Element 0 holds the true values; 1 holds the false values. GroupBy is essentially Partition on steroids.

And finally, Seq.iter and Seq.iteri map easily to foreach:

public static void Iter<TSource>(this IEnumerable<TSource> source, Action<TSource> action)
    foreach (var item in source)

public static void IterI<TSource>(this IEnumerable<TSource> source, Action<Int32, TSource> action)
    int i = 0;
    foreach (var item in source)
        action(i++, item);

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