# Anonymous function facts for kids

In computer science and mathematics, an **anonymous function** is a function with no name. Usually, a function is written like: . It can be written anonymously as . Anonymous functions exist in most functional programming languages and most other programming languages where functions are values.

## Contents

## Examples in some programming languages

Each of these examples show a nameless function that multiplies two numbers.

### Python

Uncurried (not curried):

```
(lambda x, y: x * y)
```

Curried:

```
(lambda x: (lambda y: x * y))
```

When given two numbers:

```
>>>(lambda x: (lambda y: x * y)) (3) (4)
12
```

### Haskell

Curried:

```
\x -> \y -> x * y
```

```
\x y -> x * y
```

When given two numbers:

```
>>> (\x -> \y -> x * y) 3 4
12
```

The function can also be written in point-free (tacit) style:

```
(*)
```

### Standard ML

Uncurried:

```
fn (x, y) => x * y
```

Curried:

```
fn x => fn y => x * y
```

Point-free:

```
(op *)
```

### JavaScript

Uncurried:

```
(x, y) => x * y
```

```
function (x, y) {
return x * y;
}
```

Curried:

```
x => y => x * y
```

```
function (x) {
return function (y) {
return x * y;
};
}
```

### Scheme

Uncurried:

```
(lambda (x y) (* x y))
```

Curried:

```
(lambda (x) (lambda (y) (* x y)))
```

Point-free:

### C++ 11

Uncurried:

```
[](int x, int y)->int
{
return x * y;
};
```

Curried:

```
[](int x)
{
return [=](int y)->int
{
return x * y;
};
};
```

### C++ Boost

Uncurried:

```
_1 * _2
```

Note: What you need to write boost lambda is to include <boost/lambda/lambda.hpp> header file, and using namespace boost::lambda, i.e.

```
#include <boost/lambda/lambda.hpp>
using namespace boost::lambda;
```

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## See also

In Spanish: Expresión lambda para niños

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