[Haskell-cafe] Generating arbitrary function in QuickCheck
Yusaku Hashimoto
nonowarn at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 00:11:09 EDT 2009
Hi,
today, I want to ask about QuickCheck.
I have known recently that arbitrary works on functions as well. I
played on this for a while, and met a strange behavior.
I tried to write property for sortBy.
import Test.QuickCheck
import Data.List
instance Show (a -> b) where show _ = "<<function>>"
instance Arbitrary Ordering where
arbitrary = elements [LT,EQ,GT]
mySortBy :: (Ord a) => (a -> a -> Ordering) -> [a] -> [a]
mySortBy = sortBy
prop_mysortby_sorted :: (Int -> Int -> Ordering) -> [Int] ->
Property
prop_mysortby_sorted cmp ls = null ls
`trivial` all eq_or_lt (zipWith
cmp sorted (tail sorted))
where sorted = mySortBy cmp ls
eq_or_lt ord = ord == EQ || ord == LT
I had thought Arbitrary instance for Ord and property for sortBy both
fine. But checking fails:
ghci> quickCheck prop_mysortby_sorted
Falsifiable, after 2 tests:
<<function>>
[2,3]
I guess arbitrary for (Int -> Int -> Ordering) generates a non-sense
function like this:
-- let (arb_compare :: Int -> Int -> Ordering) generated function.
arb_compare 0 1 = GT
arb_compare 1 0 = GT
arb_compare _ _ = EQ
Then, I want to ask two questions.
1. Is my guessing in function generated by arbitrary right?
2. If so, How do I generate right function?
Thanks,
Yusaku Hashimoto
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