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[CLJ-2076] s/coll-of and s/map-of do not unform their elements Created: 05/Dec/16  Updated: 10/Mar/17

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.9
Fix Version/s: Release 1.9

Type: Defect Priority: Major
Reporter: Alex Miller Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 1
Labels: spec

Attachments: Text File clj-2076-2.patch     Text File clj-2076.patch    
Patch: Code and Test
Approval: Screened


s/coll-of and s/map-of unform with identity but should unform their elements:

(s/def ::o (s/coll-of (s/or :i integer? :s string?)))
(->> [1 2 "blah"] (s/conform ::o) (s/unform ::o))
=> [[:i 1] [:i 2] [:s "blah"]]

Expected: [1 2 "blah"]

Cause: every-impl unform* just returns x

Approach: Use the init/add/complete fns to generate an unformed value (when needed)

Patch: clj-2076-2.patch

Comment by Alex Miller [ 07/Dec/16 5:50 PM ]

This needs tests and a bunch of verification, but first pass at fixing.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 09/Dec/16 8:03 AM ]

Added tests, ready to screen

[CLJ-2068] s/explain of evaluated predicate yields :s/unknown Created: 23/Nov/16  Updated: 10/Mar/17

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.9
Fix Version/s: Release 1.9

Type: Defect Priority: Major
Reporter: Alex Miller Assignee: Alex Miller
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 1
Labels: spec

Attachments: Text File clj-2068-2.patch     Text File clj-2068.patch    
Patch: Code and Test
Approval: Screened



(s/explain #{1 2 3} 4)
val: 4 fails predicate: :clojure.spec/unknown

(s/explain odd? 10)
val: 10 fails predicate: :clojure.spec/unknown

Expected to receive a description of the failing predicate as in:

(s/def ::s #{1 2 3})
(s/explain ::s 4)
;; val: 4 fails spec: :user/s predicate: #{1 3 2}

(s/def ::o odd?)
(s/explain ::o 10)
val: 10 fails spec: :user/o predicate: odd?

Cause: specize was falling through on these cases to Object and just returning unknown.

Special handling for 2 cases:
1. Sets - explictly catch IPersistentSet and use the set as the form.
2. Functions - demunge the function name and use the qualified function name symbol as the form. Add a special check for anonymous functions and revert to ::unknown for those (not much we can do with an eval'ed anonymous function).

Patch: clj-2068-2.patch

Comment by Alex Miller [ 13/Dec/16 6:52 PM ]

Simplified anon fn check and added a few basic tests.

Comment by Stuart Halloway [ 10/Mar/17 11:22 AM ]

Could the Specize protocol be extended to IFn, reducing the iffiness?

Comment by Alex Miller [ 10/Mar/17 11:39 AM ]

Yes, I think that would make sense.

Comment by Ghadi Shayban [ 10/Mar/17 12:57 PM ]

Extending Specize to IFn may incur the wrath of CLJ-1152

[CLJ-1860] 0.0 and -0.0 compare equal but have different hash values Created: 01/Dec/15  Updated: 10/Mar/17

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.7
Fix Version/s: Release 1.9

Type: Defect Priority: Minor
Reporter: Patrick O'Brien Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 1
Labels: math

Attachments: Text File clj-1860-2.patch     Text File clj-1860-make-equals-false-for-pos-neg-0.0-v1.patch     Text File CLJ-1860-negative-zero-hash-eq-fix.patch    
Patch: Code and Test
Approval: Screened


0.0 and -0.0 compare as equal but have different hash values:

user=> (= 0.0 -0.0)
user=> (hash -0.0)
user=> (hash 0.0)

This causes problems as the equality/hashing assumption is violated.

user=> #{[1 2 0.0] [1 2 -0.0]}
#{[1 2 -0.0] [1 2 0.0]}

user=> (hash-map 0.0 1 -0.0 2)
{0.0 2}

user=> (hash-map [0.0] 1 [-0.0] 2)
{[0.0] 1, [-0.0] 2}

user=> (array-map [0.0] 1 [-0.0] 2)
{[0.0] 2}

user=> (hash-set [0.0] [-0.0])
#{[0.0] [-0.0]}

Cause: The source of this is due to some differences in Java. Java primitive double 0.0 and -0.0 == but the boxed Double is NOT .equals(). See also: http://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/api/java/lang/Double.html#equals%28java.lang.Object%29

Double equality is checked with == in Clojure, which will report true. Hashing falls through to .hashCode(), which returns different values (but is consistent with the .equals() result on the boxed form).

Approach: While there are times when 0.0 and -0.0 being different are useful (see background below), most Clojure users expect these to compare equal. IEEE 754 says that they should compare as equals as well. So the approach to take here is to leave them as equal but to modify the hash for -0.0 to be the same as 0.0 so that `=` and `hash` are consistent. The attached patch takes this approach.

Patch: clj-1860-2.patch

Screened: Alex Miller

Alternative: Make 0.0 != -0.0. This approach affects a much larger set of code as comparison operators etc may be affected. The patch clj-1860-make-equals-false-for-pos-neg-0.0-v1.patch may be one way to implement this approach, and seems fairly small in the quantity of code affected (2 methods).

Background: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signed_zero

Comment by Stephen Hopper [ 09/Feb/16 10:45 PM ]

Just to summarize, it seems like this functionality in Clojure is the same as it is in Java:

0.0 == -0.0: true
new Double(0.0).hashCode(): 0
new Double(-0.0).hashCode(): -2147483648
new Double(-0.0).equals(new Double(0.0)): false

I can see pros and cons to both of the aforementioned approaches, as well as just leaving this one be. Does anyone else have any input on this one? Is this issue something we should rectify, or by changing it will we end up creating more problems than we solved?

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 10/Feb/16 12:38 AM ]

The Java behavior you demonstrate shows that in this case, they are not equals, so there is no need for the hashCode() values to be the same in order to satisfy the hash consistency property of equals and hashCode.

Clojure currently violates the hash consistency property that should ideally hold between clojure.core/= and clojure.core/hash, for 0.0 and -0.0.

Changing clojure.core/= so it is false would restore the hash consistency property for these values. Keeping (clojure.core/== 0.0 -0.0) true is hopefully something that will be maintained across any change, but that does not violate hash consistency, because that property has nothing to say about the value of clojure.core/==

Comment by Stephen Hopper [ 10/Feb/16 7:10 AM ]

Thanks for the explanation, Andy. That makes sense to me. I'll put together some tests and a possible solution for evaluation.

Comment by Stephen Hopper [ 10/Feb/16 11:20 AM ]

After diving into the source code a bit more, my preference is to modify the hash calculation for -0.0 to be the same as the hash calculation for 0.0. This will restore the hash consistency property without breaking other mathematical operations. Basically, if we update clojure.core/= to return false for (= 0.0 -0.0), we will need to update other functions (clojure.core/<, clojure.core/>, etc.) so that -0.0 and 0.0 still follow basic numerical properties surrounding equality and ordering. I'll add some tests and a possible patch to hash calculation for numbers for consideration.

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 10/Feb/16 12:40 PM ]

Someone, perhaps Patrick O'Brien , brought up a preference that making (= 0.0 -0.0) false would help in some applications, e.g. numerical applications involving normal vectors where it was beneficial if (= 0.0 -0.0) was false. I have no knowledge whether this preference will determine what change will be made to Clojure, if any. If someone finds a link to the email discussion that was in one of the Clojure or Clojure Dev Google groups, that would be a useful reference.

Comment by Stephen Hopper [ 11/Feb/16 9:47 PM ]

I've added a pair of patches for review on this one (one contains test updates and the other contains my proposed updates to the hash calculation). I realize that this is different than the approach proposed earlier in the ticket, but I think it should be the preferred approach. As I mentioned earlier, merely changing clojure.core/= to return false for (= 0.0 -0.0) would require also updating other numeric equality functions (clojure.core/<, clojure.core/>, etc.). More importantly, I feel that this behavior would be different than what most Clojure developers would expect.

For this reason, the patches I've updated merely modify the calculation of hashes with Numbers.java for Floats and Doubles for which isZero returns true to return the hashCode for positive 0.0 instead of negative 0.0.

Is this acceptable?

With these patches applied, we get the following behavior in the REPL:

user=> (= 0.0 -0.0)
user=> (hash 0.0)
user=> (hash -0.0)     
user=> (hash (float 0.0))
user=> (hash (float -0.0))
Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 12/Feb/16 3:48 AM ]

Stephen, please see here http://dev.clojure.org/display/community/Developing+Patches for the commands used to create patches in the desired format.

Only a screener or Rich can say whether the patch is acceptable in the ways that matter for committing into Clojure.

Comment by Stephen Hopper [ 12/Feb/16 7:42 AM ]

I've corrected the format on my patch files and resubmitted them as one patch. Let me know if you see any issues with this. Also, it's worth pointing out that the first two patch files can be ignored / deleted.

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 14/Feb/16 1:30 PM ]

There are also instructions on that page for deleting old attachments, in the section titled "Removing patches", if you wished to do that.

A very minor comment, as the email address you use in your patches is completely up to you (as far as I know), but the one you have in your patch doesn't look like one that others could use to send you a message. If that was intentional on your part, no problem.

Comment by Stephen Hopper [ 14/Feb/16 1:48 PM ]

I've corrected the email address snafoo and removed the outdated patches. Thanks for walking me through this stuff, Andy.

Comment by Steve Miner [ 23/Feb/16 3:43 PM ]

The suggested fix is to make (hash -0.0) return the same as (hash 0.0). With the proposed patch, both will return 0. That happens to be the same as (hash 0). Not wrong at all, but maybe slightly less good than something else. Since you're making a change anyway, why not go the other way and use the -0.0 case as the common result?

I'm thinking that it would be a useful property if the hash of a long N is not equal to the hash of the corresponding (double N). In Clojure 1.8, zero is the only value I could quickly find where the long and the double equivalents have the same hash value.

The patch could be slightly tweaked to make (hash 0.0) and (hash -0.0)

return new Double(-0.0).hashCode()

The only change to the patch is to add the negative sign. The new hash result is -2147483648.

Admittedly this is an edge case, not a real performance issue. People probably don't mix longs and doubles in sets anyway. On the other hand, zeroes are kind of common. Since you're proposing a change, I thought it's worth considering a slight tweak.

Comment by Steve Miner [ 23/Feb/16 3:46 PM ]

Same for the float case, of course.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 24/Feb/16 1:36 PM ]

Looking at this agin, I'm ok with the approach and agree it's definitely a smaller change. Few additional changes needed in the patch and then I'll move it along:

  • Rather than `new Double(0.0).hashCode()` and `new Float(0.0).hashCode()`, move those values into `private static final int` constants and just return them.
  • In the comparison tests, throw -0.0M in there as well
  • Squash the patch into a single commit

Re Steve's suggestion, I do not think it's critical that long and double 0 hash differently and would prefer that double hashes match Java hashCode, so I would veto that suggestion.

Comment by Stephen Hopper [ 24/Feb/16 1:52 PM ]

Thank you, Alex. I'll make those updates.

Comment by Stephen Hopper [ 24/Feb/16 2:43 PM ]

Alex, I've attached the new patch file (CLJ-1860-negative-zero-hash-eq-fix.patch) to address the points from your previous post. Let me know if I missed anything.


Comment by Mike Anderson [ 25/Feb/16 7:44 PM ]

I may be late to the party since I have only just seen this, but I have a strong belief that 0.0 and -0.0 should be == but not =.


  • Anyone doing numerical comparison should use ==, so you want the result to be true
  • Anyone doing value comparison should use =, so you want the result to be false because these are different IEE784 double values. This includes set membership tests etc.

i.e. the Java code is doing it right, and we should be consistent with this.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 25/Feb/16 11:52 PM ]

I think there is consensus that == should be true, so we can set that aside and focus on =.

The reality is that there is no easy way to compare two collections with == (for example comparing [5.0 0.0 1.0] and [5.0 -0.0 1.0]). This is an actual use case that has been problematic for multiple people. While I grant there are use cases where 0.0 and -0.0 are usefully differentiable, I do not know of a real case in the community where this is the desired behavior, so I would rather err on the side of satisfying the intuition of the larger (and currently affected) population.

Also note that the Java code is doing it BOTH ways (primitive doubles are equal, boxed doubles are not), so I think that's a weak argument.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 26/Feb/16 8:44 AM ]

(after sleeping more on this...) It's possible that a better answer here is to expand what can be done with ==. I trust that when Rich looks at this ticket he will have his opinions which may or may not match up to mine and if so, we'll go in a different direction.

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 27/Feb/16 10:15 AM ]

Attachment clj-1860-make-equals-false-for-pos-neg-0.0-v1.patch dated Feb 27 2016 is a first cut at implementing a change where = returns false when comparing positive and negative 0.0, float or double.

As far as I can tell, there is no notion of positive and negative 0 for BigDecimal, so no change in behavior there.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 17/Nov/16 4:16 PM ]

Rich says: "0.0=-0.0, make hash the same"

[CLJ-2085] Add additional info to explain-data to help explain printers Created: 15/Dec/16  Updated: 10/Mar/17

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.9
Fix Version/s: Release 1.9

Type: Enhancement Priority: Major
Reporter: Alex Miller Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 2
Labels: spec

Attachments: Text File explain-data.patch    
Patch: Code
Approval: Screened


Right now, the explain-data provided to the explain printer function only has the list of problem data. There are many interesting things a printer could do with access to the root spec and value but those are not currently available.

Proposed: Provide these values in the explain-data map (as ::spec and ::value).

Patch: explain-data.patch

[CLJ-2046] generate random subsets of or'd required keys in map specs Created: 17/Oct/16  Updated: 17/Oct/16

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.9
Fix Version/s: Release 1.9

Type: Enhancement Priority: Major
Reporter: David Chelimsky Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 1
Labels: generator, spec

Attachments: Text File map-spec-gen-enhancements.patch    
Patch: Code and Test
Approval: Screened


(s/keys :req [(or ::x ::y)]) always generates maps with both ::x and ::y but it should also generate maps with either ::x or ::y.

The attached patch supports arbitrarily deeply nested or and and expressions within the values of :req and :req-un in map specs. It also uses the same 'or' mechanism for :opt and :opt-un keys, thereby replacing the use of clojure.core/shuffle with clojure.test.check.generators/shuffle, ensuring repeatability of the generators.

Patch: map-spec-gen-enhancements.patch

Screened by: Alex Miller

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