# 99 Haskell Problems

## Problem 16

(**) Drop every N’th element from a list.

Example:

* (drop '(a b c d e f g h i k) 3) (A B D E G H K)

Example in Haskell:

*Main> dropEvery "abcdefghik" 3 "abdeghk"

Solution:

dropEvery :: [a] -> Int -> [a] dropEvery [] _ = [] dropEvery x 0 = x dropEvery x n = dropEveryC x n 1 dropEveryC [] _ _ = [] dropEveryC (x:xs) n c | n == c = dropEveryC xs n 1 | otherwise = x:(dropEveryC xs n (c+1))

Looking at the solution, there are many different ways to do this. A really similar but cleaner way to do it is to start using where so that the helper function is no longer visible outside of the main function:

dropEvery :: [a] -> Int -> [a] dropEvery xs n = helper xs n where helper [] _ = [] helper (x:xs) 1 = helper xs n helper (x:xs) k = x:helper xs (k-1)

The scope of helper only exist inside dropEvery so the name n from dropEvery can be use inside helper function as in line 2 of the patten matching while the function helper can’t be call by other functions.