A type class for non-negative numbers.
Prominent instances are
This class cannot do any checks,
but it let you show to the user what arguments your function expects.
Thus you must define class instances with care.
In fact many standard functions (
take, '(!!)', ...)
should have this type class constraint.
Instances of this class must ensure non-negative values.
We cannot enforce this by types, but the type class constraint
avoids accidental usage of types which allow for negative numbers.
The Monoid superclass contributes a zero and an addition.
split x y == (m,(b,d)) means that
b == (x<=y),
m == min x y,
d == max x y - min x y, that is
d == abs(x-y).
We have chosen this function as base function, since it provides comparison and subtraction in one go, which is important for replacing common structures like
if x<=y then f(x-y) else g(y-x)
that lead to a memory leak for peano numbers.
We have choosen the simple check
instead of a full-blown
since we want
Zero <= undefined for peano numbers.
Because of undefined values
split is in general
not commutative in the sense
let (m0,(b0,d0)) = split x y (m1,(b1,d1)) = split y x in m0==m1 && d0==d1
The result values are in the order
in which they are generated for Peano numbers.
We have chosen the nested pair instead of a triple
in order to prevent a memory leak
that occurs if you only use
d and ignore
This is demonstrated by test cases
Chunky.splitSpaceLeak3 and Chunky.splitSpaceLeak4.
x -| y == max 0 (x-y)
The default implementation is not efficient,
because it compares the values and then subtracts, again, if safe.
max 0 (x-y) is more elegant and efficient
but not possible in the general case,
x-y may already yield a negative number.