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[CLJ-2110] sorted map returns nil value for existing key Created: 14/Feb/17  Updated: 14/Feb/17  Resolved: 14/Feb/17

Status: Closed
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.8
Fix Version/s: None

Type: Defect Priority: Major
Reporter: jonnik Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Declined Votes: 0
Labels: sorted-map

Oracle Java 1.8.0_112


Then i try to get value by key from sorted map with comparator by value it returns nil.

(def tmap {1 {:v 1} 2 {:v 2} 3 {:v 3}})
(def tmap-sorted (apply sorted-map-by #(let [val-comp (- (compare (get-in tmap [%1 :v]) (get-in tmap [%2 :v])))]
                                         (if (= val-comp 0) 1 val-comp))
                        (flatten (vec tmap))))
; => {3 {:v 3} 2 {:v 2} 1 {:v 1}}
(get tmap-sorted 3)
;=> nil

Expected: {:v 3}
Actual: nil

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 14/Feb/17 11:31 AM ]

Your comparison function never returns 0, by the way you have written it. If it never returns 0, it will never 'think' that it has found an equal element when searching for a match using 'get'. By replacing (if (= val-comp 0) 1 val-comp) with val-comp, the get calls will work:

(def tmap-sorted (apply sorted-map-by #(let [val-comp (- (compare (get-in tmap [%1 :v]) (get-in tmap [%2 :v])))]
                        (flatten (vec tmap))))
; => {3 {:v 3}, 2 {:v 2}, 1 {:v 1}}
(get tmap-sorted 3)
; => {:v 3}

You are getting a descending sorted order by negating the return value of compare. I would recommend to follow the advice on this page: https://clojure.org/guides/comparators particularly "Reverse the sort by reversing the order that you give the arguments to an existing comparator." That helps avoid corner cases with some integer values.

I would also recommend (into my-empty-sorted-map tmap) in place of your (apply my-empty-sorted-map (flatten (vec tmap)). Putting all of those recommendations together would result in code like this:

(def tmap-sorted2 (into (sorted-map-by #(compare (get-in tmap [%2 :v]) (get-in tmap [%1 :v])))
; => {3 {:v 3}, 2 {:v 2}, 1 {:v 1}}
(get tmap-sorted2 3)
; => {:v 3}
Comment by saintech [ 14/Feb/17 11:41 AM ]

Ok. But how about this?:

; => {3 {:v 3} 2 {:v 2} 1 {:v 1}}
(first tmap-sorted)
; => [3 {:v 3}]
(get tmap-sorted 3)
;=> nil

Is it OK?

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 14/Feb/17 12:43 PM ]

I believe that calling clojure.core/first on a sorted-map does not cause its comparison function to be called at all. It is already stored in a sorted tree in memory, and first just finds the earliest one.

clojure.core/get does call the comparison function, perhaps several times, to find an item with an equal key. The original comparison function given in the description never returns equality (i.e. the integer 0) when comparing two items.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 14/Feb/17 1:32 PM ]

Agreed with Andy, declining

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