Mathematically, a histogram is a discretised representation of a probability distribution. A histogram computation takes as input a collection of elements, maps each to one of k bins, and counts the number of elements that fall into each bin (discarding invalid bins). In Futhark, histogram-like computations can be done with
let histogram [n] (k: i64) (is: [n]i64): [k]i32 = let bins = replicate k 0 in reduce_by_index bins (+) 0 is (replicate n 1)
histogram 3 [0, 1, 3, 2, 1, 0, 0, 1] produces
[3, 3, 1]. Note that out-of-bounds bins (the
3) are ignored.
reduce_by_index is a surprisingly flexible function. In imperative pseudocode, we can describe the behaviour of
reduce_by_index dest f ne is as as:
for j < length is: i = is[j] a = as[j]if i >= 0 && i < length dest: dest[i] = f(dest[i], a)
f function must be associative and have
ne as its neutral element (like with scans and reductions). Furthermore, it must also be commutative, which simply means that
f x y == f y x.