[Haskell-cafe] Mystery of an Eq instance

Bob Hutchison hutch-lists at recursive.ca
Sat Sep 21 16:17:03 CEST 2013

On 2013-09-21, at 4:46 AM, Stijn van Drongelen <rhymoid at gmail.com> wrote:

> I do have to agree with Damodar Kulkarni that different laws imply different classes. However, this will break **a lot** of existing software.

You could argue that the existing software is already broken.

> If we would do this, only Eq and Ord need to be duplicated, as they cause most of the problems. Qualified imports should suffice to differentiate between the two.
>     import qualified Data.Eq.Approximate as A
>     import qualified Data.Ord.Approximate as A
>     main = print $ 3.16227766016837956 A.== 3.16227766016837955

As soon as you start doing computations with fp numbers things get much worse. Something like Edward Kmett's Numeric.Interval package would likely be helpful, a start at least (and the comments in the Numeric.Interval documentation are amusing) In the distant past when I was worried about maintaining accuracy in a solids modeller we went with an interval arithmetic library that we *carefully* implemented. It worked. Unpleasant in C, but it worked. And this link might be interesting:


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