State of DData

Christian Maeder maeder at
Thu Mar 25 19:18:50 EST 2004

Wolfgang Jeltsch wrote:
>>I vote for the current state "left bias+structure last", as the bias
>>should not matter much
> Does the bias matter at all if Eq means equality?

No, not for sets and bags. The bias matters of course for the 
union/intersection of maps, since some elements of one side will be 
ignored (if not the "With"-variant is used).

Since Map.insert should actually override a map entry it is left bias 
(as the structure comes last).

How should Set.insert behave? I tend to replace an "equal" element and 
maybe Map.insert should even update the key and not only the value only 
to achieve the same behaviour of sets for bags (that are based on maps). 
On the other hand Set.insert could also do nothing when an element is 
already a set member. Conclusion: biasing for sets and bags should not 
be documented/relied on.


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