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A. Nouns

Nouns are classified in three independent ways: numeric or literal or symbol; open or boxed; arrays of various ranks. The atoms of any array must belong to a single class: numeric, literal, symbol, or boxed. Arrays of ranks 0, 1, and 2 are also called atom, list, and table, or, in math, scalar, vector, and matrix. Numbers and literals are represented as stated in Part I; symbols are discussed under the verb s: .

Arrays. A single entity such as 2.3 or _2.3j5 or 'A' or '+' is called an atom. The verb denoted by comma chains its arguments to form a list whose shape (given by the verb $) is equal to the number of atoms combined. For example:
   $ date=: 1,7,7,6               word=: 's','a','w'
   |. date                        |. word
6 7 7 1                        was
The verb |. used above is called reverse. The phrase s$b produces an array of shape s from the list b . For example:
   (3,4) $ date,1,8,6,7,1,9,1,7
1 7 7 6
1 8 6 7
1 9 1 7

   table=: 2 3$ word,'bat'
   table                         $table
saw                           2 3
The number of atoms in the shape of a noun is called its rank. Each position of the shape is called an axis of the array, and axes are referred to by indices 0, 1, 2, etc. For example, axis 0 of table has length 2 and axis 1 has length 3.

The last k axes of an array b determine rank-k cells or k-cells of b. The rest of the shape vector is called the frame of b relative to the cells of rank k; if $c is 2 3 4 5, then c has the frame 2 3 relative to cells of rank 2, the frame 2 3 4 5 relative to 0-cells (atoms), and an empty frame relative to 4-cells. If:
   ] b=:2 3 4 $ 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwx'

then the list abcd is a 1-cell of b, and the letters are each 0-cells.

A cell of rank one less than the rank of b is called an item of b; an atom has one item, itself. For example, the verb from (denoted by {) selects items from its right argument, as in:
   0{b                 1{b                 0{0{b
abcd                mnop                abcd
efgh                qrst
ijkl                uvwx
   2 1{0{b             1{2{0{b             0{3
ijkl                j                   3
Moreover, the verb grade (denoted by /:) provides indices to { that bring items to “lexical” order. Thus:
   g=: /: n=: 4 3$3 1 4 2 7 9 3 2 0
   n                   g                   g{n
3 1 4               1 0 3 2             2 7 9
2 7 9                                   3 1 4
3 2 0                                   3 1 4
3 1 4                                   3 2 0
Negative numbers, as in _2-cell and _1-cell (an item), are also used to refer to cells whose frames are of the length indicated by the magnitude of the number. For example, the list abcd may be referred to either as a _2-cell or as a 1-cell of b .

Open and Boxed. The nouns discussed thus far are called open, to distinguish them from boxed nouns produced by the verb box denoted by < . The result of box is an atom, and boxed nouns are displayed in boxes. Box allows one to treat any array (such as the list of letters that represent a word) as a single entity, or atom. Thus:
   letters=: 'I was it'          
   $words                        $letters
3                             8

   |. words                      |. letters
+--+---+-+                    ti saw I
   2 3$words,|.words
|I |was|it|
|it|was|I |

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