[Haskell-cafe] How to correctly benchmark code with Criterion?

Claude Heiland-Allen claude at mathr.co.uk
Thu Oct 18 11:45:50 CEST 2012

Hi Janek,

On 18/10/12 10:23, Janek S. wrote:
> during past few days I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to write Criterion benchmarks,
> so that results don't get skewed by lazy evaluation. I want to benchmark different versions of an
> algorithm doing numerical computations on a vector. For that I need to create an input vector
> containing a few thousand elements. I decided to create random data, but that really doesn't
> matter - I could have as well use infinite lists instead of random ones.


> The question is how to generate data so that its evaluation won't be included in the benchmark.

Something like this might work, not sure what the canonical way is.

main = do
   let input = L.dataBuild gen
   evaluate (rnf input)
      bench "Lists" $ nf L.benchThisFunction input

I did use something like this in practice here:




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