# Vocabulary/Inverses

# Inverses

## Inverse and Obverse

The inverse of a function `f` is a function that undoes the effect of `f`.

The obverse of a verb `u` is usually the inverse of `u`, except that you may assign an obverse using
Obverse (`u :. v`).

The obverse of `v` is executed when you use `v^:_1` or `u&.v` or `u&.:v`.

You can see the obverse of `u` by executing `u b. _1`

+/\ 2 1 1 1 NB. +/\ = running total 2 3 4 5 +/\ b. _1 NB. You can see its inverse (- |.!.0) :.(+/\) +/\^:_1 (2 3 4 5) NB. It works! 2 1 1 1

Most obverses work only for the monadic valence

2 +/\ 2 3 4 5 5 7 9 2 +/\^:_1 (5 7 9) |domain error | 2 +/\^:_1(5 7 9)

Inverses may be defined for the dyadic valence, but you have to find these by trial and error.

## Predefined Obverses

### Obverses Of Primitives

The obverses of primitives are shown in the following table

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### Obverses Of Combinations

If any obverses are defined for `u` and `v`, they will be used to define obverses for `u@v`, `u@:v`, `u&v`, and `u&:v`.

The inverse of `u"n` is defined as `(u^:_1)"n`, which may not give desired results if the result cells of `u` do not have the same rank as `u`.

### Special Obverses

Some of the obverses are among the gems of J.
They can be accessed indirectly through `u&.v`, where they apply `v`'s obverse after `u`; or directly using `^:_1`.
What follows is a catalog of operations that are easy to express as obverses, difficult otherwise.
It's not complete!
If you find yourself needing, say, the inverse gamma function, see if `!^:_1` does what you want.

#### Spaces Between Words ;:^:_1

If `y` is a list of boxed words, put the words into a sentence with `;:^:_1`

]a =: 'Three';'rather-short';'words' +-----+------------+-----+ |Three|rather-short|words| +-----+------------+-----+ ;:^:_1 a Three rather-short words

#### Convert to fixed base x #.^:_1

`x #: y` has the quirk that `x` specifies exactly how many places of the representation of `y` will be retained.
Often you want as many repetitions of base `x` as necessary, no more or less.
That's a job for `#.^:_1`

5 #: 127 NB. This gives only 1 place... 2 5 #.^:_1 (127) NB. ... but this uses as many places as needed 1 0 0 2

Note that `#.^:_1` is one of those obverses that has a dyadic valence. The inverse of the dyad cannot be calculated by `#. b. _1`, which gives the inverse of the monad.

#### Expand #^:_1

1 0 1 #^:_1 'ab' a b

In the example above, `1 0 1 # 'a b'` would select from `'a b'` to produce `'ab'`.
`#^:_1` does the reverse: it inserts fill into `y` to expand it so that the items of `y` correspond to `1`s in `x`.
For this to be possible, `x` must be Boolean and there must be exactly as many `1`s in `x` as there are items in `y`.
The fill can be set by `!.f`

1 0 1 0 1 #^:_1 'ab' NB. Can't expand 2 items to 3 1s... |length error | 1 0 1 0 1 #^:_1'ab' 1 0 1 0 1 #^:_1 'abc' NB. ...but 3 items is OK a b c 1 0 1 0 1 #^:_1!.'*' 'abc' NB. Fill can be specified a*b*c

Note that `#^:_1` is one of those obverses that has a dyadic valence. The inverse of the dyad cannot be calculated by `# b. _1`, which gives the inverse of the monad.

Quirk: `x` must be a list (a single atom is not allowed).

#### Primes Below y p:^:_1

The `y`th prime is `p: y`, so the number of primes below `y` (known to mathematicians as π(`y`)) is `p:^:_1 y`

p:^:_1 (60) 17

## Oddities

1. ` u b. _1 ` gives the obverse for the monadic valence.

In some cases the obverse supports the dyadic valence using a different verb.
There is no general way to see what this different verb is, but you may be able to get a clue by seeing what the inverse of `m&v` or `u&n` is.

+ b. _1 NB. The declared obverse of + is +... + 4 +^:_1 (6) NB. But it doesn't apply to the dyad 2 4&+ b. _1 NB. The dyadic obverse actually does this: _4&+

#. b. _1 NB. #: is the obverse, but only for the monad: #: 4 #: 66 NB. different... 2 4 (#.^:_1) ] 66 NB. ... results for dyad 1 0 0 2 4&#. b. _1 NB. The dyadic obverse actually looks like this: ($&4@>:@(4&(<.@^.))@(1&>.)@(>./)@:|@, #: ]) :.(4&#.)

2. The obverse of an obverse is always the original function, regardless of how the intermediate obverses are defined.