[Haskell-cafe] instance Enum Double considered not entirely great?

Daniel Fischer daniel.is.fischer at googlemail.com
Wed Sep 21 00:21:39 CEST 2011

On Tuesday 20 September 2011, 23:56:53, Evan Laforge wrote:
> > I actually think the brokenness of Ord for floating point values is
> > worse in many ways, as demonstrated by the ability to insert a value
> > into a Data.Set.Set and have other values "disappear" from the set as
> > a result. Getting an unexpected element in a list doesn't really seem
> > as bad as silently corrupting entire data structures.
> Whoah, that's scary.  What are some examples of this happening?  Does
> this mean it's unsafe to store Doubles in a Map?

Too lazy to work out the details, but since
NaN ? x = False
for ? any of <, >, <=, >=, (==, /=) and compare is defined on terms of 
these, all results of compare involving a NaN are GT.
member and insert in Data.set use compare to find out where to go, so 
inserting NaNs puts them at the max position. Insert a couple, and 
rebalancing can put one above non-NaN values, oops.

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