Definition:Concatenation of URM Programs

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Let $P$ and $Q$ be URM programs.

The concatenation of $P$ and $Q$ is denoted $P * Q$.

It consists of program $P$ followed immediately by program $Q$.

If $P$ and $Q$ compute particular functions, then it is usually necessary to make modifications to either $P$ or $Q$, or both, to make sure that the concatenated program continues to compute a function.

The simplest concatenation is illustrated in Composition of One-Variable URM Computable Functions.

Linguistic Note

The word concatenation derives from the Latin com- for with/together and the Latin word catena for chain.

However, the end result of such an operation is not to be confused with a (set theoretical) chain.