Opened 9 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

Last modified 8 years ago

#1239 closed proposal (wontfix)

compare on exceptional Doubles and Floats should raise an error

Reported by: igloo Owned by:
Priority: normal Milestone:
Component: libraries/base Version: 6.6
Keywords: Cc:
Operating System: Unknown/Multiple Architecture: Unknown/Multiple
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let n = 0/0 :: Double in (n `compare` n, n < n, n == n, n > n)

In GHC and YHC this gives


while in hugs it gives


Neither of these is very satisfactory, as I would expect

x `compare` y === EQ   =>   (x == y) === True
x `compare` y === GT   =>   (x > y) === True

and it's even less pleasant that the implementations differ for no good reason.

The Haskell report isn't very helpful on how comparing exceptional Doubles should behave, as it doesn't even say you need to have NaN etc:
The results of exceptional conditions (such as overflow or 
underflow) on the fixed-precision numeric types are undefined; an
implementation may choose error (_|_, semantically), a truncated
value, or a special value such as infinity, indefinite, etc.

I think that the right answer is that

n `compare` n

above (and more generally such a comparison for any incomparable Doubles or Flaots) should raise an error (i.e. be _|_).

The changes needed are simple, e.g. for GHC

(D# x) `compare` (D# y) | x <## y   = LT
                        | x ==## y  = EQ
                        | otherwise = GT


(D# x) `compare` (D# y) | x <## y   = LT
                        | x ==## y  = EQ
                        | x >## y   = GT
                        | otherwise = error "Incomparable values"

Deadline: 1 week after discussion ends.

Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 9 years ago by igloo

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by simonmar

  • Architecture changed from Unknown to Unknown/Multiple

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by simonmar

  • Operating System changed from Unknown to Unknown/Multiple
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