[Haskell-cafe] ONeillPrimes.hs - priority queue broken?

Bertram Felgenhauer bertram.felgenhauer at googlemail.com
Wed Feb 25 00:59:18 EST 2009

Eugene Kirpichov wrote:
> Hi,
> I've recently tried to use the priority queue from the
> ONeillPrimes.hs, which is famous for being a very fast prime
> generator: actually, I translated the code to Scheme and dropped the
> values, to end up with a key-only heap implementation.
> However, the code didn't work quite well, and I decided to check the
> haskell code itself.
> Turns out that it is broken.
> module PQ where
> import Test.QuickCheck
> data PriorityQ k v = Lf
>                    | Br {-# UNPACK #-} !k v !(PriorityQ k v) !(PriorityQ k v)
>                deriving (Eq, Ord, Read, Show)

    size Lf = 0
    size (Br _ _ l r) = 1 + sizePQ l + sizePQ r

be the size of the priority queue.

To work, the code maintains heap order and the invariant that the left
subtree is at least as large as the right one, and at most one element

    validSize Lf = True
    validSize (Br _ _ l r) = validSize l && validSize r && 0 <= d && d <= 1
         where d = size l - size r

This invariant justifies the assumption that Daniel Fischer pointed out.

The code is careful to maintain this invariant, but it is broken in one

> leftrem :: PriorityQ k v -> (k, v, PriorityQ k v)
> leftrem (Br vk vv Lf Lf) = (vk, vv, Lf)

(Why not this?)
    leftrem (Br vk vv Lf _) = (vk, vv, Lf)

> leftrem (Br vk vv t1 t2) = (wk, wv, Br vk vv t t2) where
>     (wk, wv, t) = leftrem t1

Here, the left subtree is replaced by one that is one element smaller.
This breaks the invariant if the two original subtrees had equal size.
The bug is easy to fix; just swap the two subtrees on the right side:

    leftrem (Br vk vv t1 t2) = (wk, wv, Br vk vv t2 t) where
        (wk, wv, t) = leftrem t1

> leftrem _                = error "Empty heap!"
> *PQ> s [3,1,4,1,5,9,2,6,5,3,5,8]
> [1,1,2*** Exception: Empty heap!

*PQ> s [3,1,4,1,5,9,2,6,5,3,5,8]



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