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re: The answers there are good, but I want to add one more point: the 'map' operation is one that, in mathematics, makes some guarantees. Calling it 'm...

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I would also add that programming adds to the original mathematics (without mentioning algebraic data structures) by enabling a data structure, such as an array, to be "mappable". That is, the data structure should support certain functions/methods which enable the map function to operate.

The details of course vary by language, but are crucial in enabling a generic map function to work with arrays, linked lists, trees, graphs, sets etc. So for Clojure, any data structure can be mapped if it implements 'first', 'rest' and 'cons'.

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