Skip to main content

Higher-Order Function (Computer Science)

In programming, a function is called a Higher-Order Function, if any of the following applies:

  1. it takes another function as an argument
  2. its return value is a function

JavaScript Example

In JavaScript, map() is a Higher-Order Function:

const data = [1, 2, 3];

const f = x => {return x => x + 1};, index) => x(data[index])); // [2, 3, 4]

f also serves as a Higher-Order Function since it returns a function itself.