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# Numeric Classes

The Haskell 98 numeric classes were designed to classify the operations
supported by the Haskell 98 types, `Integer`

, `Int`

, `Float`

, `Double`

,
`Complex`

and `Ratio`

. However they are not suitable for other mathematical
objects.

If the Haskell 98 classes were retained for backwards compatibility, but with a more refined class hierarchy, the change would impact mostly on those defining instances (and these are the people inconvenienced by the current system). Clients of the classes would notice only some more general types.

## References

- other Issues with Standard Classes
- Standard Haskell Classes of Haskell 98
- Standard Prelude of Haskell 98
- Basic Algebra Proposal
- Numeric prelude project

### Some standard algebraic structures

This is a partial list of common structures from abstract algebra. Structures further down and/or to the right are special cases of those further up and/or to the left:

Monoid | Commutative monoid | |

Group | Abelian group | |

Ring | Commutative ring | |

Domain | Integral domain | |

Unique factorization domain | ||

Principal ideal domain | ||

Euclidean domain | ||

Division ring | Field |

## The Num class

Issues:

`Eq`

and`Show`

don't make sense for functions under lifting.`(*)`

doesn't make sense for vectors.`abs`

and`signum`

don't make sense for`Complex Integer`

(Gaussian integers), vectors, matrices, etc. In general,`abs`

and`signum`

make it hard to lift`Num`

through type constructors.

Proposals:

- A group-like class with
`zero`

,`(+)`

and`negate`

/`(-)`

. - (Could be further split with a monoid sub-class.)
- A ring-like subclass adding
`(*)`

and`one`

/`fromInteger`

, with the existing`Num`

class as a further subclass. - (Could be further split with a semiring subclass, e.g. for natural numbers.)

Note that the `Float`

and `Double`

instances will not satisfy the usual axioms for these structures.

Proposed new classes:

class AbelianGroup a where -- could also factor out Monoid zero :: a (+), (-) :: a -> a -> a negate :: a -> a -- Minimal complete definition: -- zero, (+) and (negate or (-)) negate x = zero - x x - y = x + negate y class AbelianGroup a => Ring a where (*) :: a -> a -> a one :: a fromInteger :: Integer -> a -- Minimal complete definition: -- (*) and (one or fromInteger) one = fromInteger 1 fromInteger n | n < 0 = negate (fi (negate n)) | otherwise = fi n where fi 0 = zero fi 1 = one fi n | even n = fin + fin | otherwise = fin + fin + one where fin = fi (n `div` 2)

Haskell 98 compatibility class:

class (Eq a, Show a, Ring a) => Num a where abs, signum :: a -> a

## The Fractional class

Issues:

`(/)`

,`recip`

and`fromRational`

can be lifted to functions, but many of the pre-requisites can't be defined for these.

Proposals:

- Add a division ring-like superclass adding these operations to the ring-like class. (A division ring has the same operations as a field, but does not assume commutative multiplication, allowing structures such as quaternions.)
- Add default
fromRational x = fromInteger (numerator x) / fromInteger (denominator x)

This is independent of all the other proposals.

Proposed new classes:

class Ring a => DivisionRing a where (/) :: a -> a -> a recip :: a -> a fromRational :: Rational -> a -- Minimal complete definition: -- recip or (/) recip x = one / x x / y = x * recip y fromRational x = fromInteger (numerator x) / fromInteger (denominator x) class DivisionRing a => Field a

Haskell 98 compatibility class:

class (Num a, Field a) => Fractional a

## The Real class

Issues:

- The class assumes a mapping to
`Rational`

, but this cannot be defined for structures intermediate between the rationals and reals even though the operations of subclasses make sense for them, e.g. surds, computable reals.

Proposal:

- Retain the class for backward compatibility only.

## The Integral class

Issues:

- Division with remainder also makes sense for polynomials and Gaussian
integers, but not
`Enum`

,`toInteger`

,`Ord`

,`Num(abs, signum)`

or`toRational`

. Provided any non-zero remainder is "smaller" than the divisor, in some well-founded sense, Euclid's algorithm terminates. - Defining
`Ratio`

also requires a canonical factorization of any element as*x*as*u*`*`

*y*where*u*is an invertible element (or*unit*). Any such*y*is called an*associate*of*x*. For integral types (but not others), this is similar to`signum`

and`abs`

, but the general idea makes sense for any integral domain. - These could be combined in a class of Euclidean domains, or there could be an intermediate class of integral domains. In the latter case division would not be available for defining defaults.
- In algebra, each field is trivially a Euclidean domain, with the remainder always zero. However this would break backwards compatibility, as well as the programming languages convention of distinguishing integer division.

Proposed new class:

class Ring a => EuclideanDomain a where div, mod :: a -> a -> a divMod :: a -> a -> (a,a) stdAssociate :: a -> a stdUnit :: a -> a -- Minimal complete definition: -- (divMod or (div and mod)) and stdUnit n `divMod` d = (n `div` d, n `mod` d) n `div` d = q where (q,r) = divMod n d n `mod` d = r where (q,r) = divMod n d stdAssociate x = x `div` stdUnit x

Haskell 98 compatibility class:

class (Real a, Enum a, EuclideanDomain a) => Integral a where quot, rem :: a -> a -> a quotRem :: a -> a -> (a,a) toInteger :: a -> Integer -- Minimal complete definition: -- toInteger n `quot` d = q where (q,r) = quotRem n d n `rem` d = r where (q,r) = quotRem n d quotRem n d = if signum r == - signum d then (q+one, r-d) else qr where qr@(q,r) = divMod n d

## The RealFloat class

Issues:

- The class groups together the trigonometric operation
`atan2`

with operations on the components of floating-point numbers.