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From "Koji Noguchi (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (PIG-5328) expressionOperator Divide.equalsZero(DataType.BIGDECIMAL) is invalid
Date Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:05:00 GMT

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Koji Noguchi commented on PIG-5328:
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Thanks for your feedback  [~michaelthoward]! 

Please let me know if you want to contribute here as a patch OR I can try to come up with
a patch following your suggestion and you can tell me if I'm doing it right. 

> expressionOperator Divide.equalsZero(DataType.BIGDECIMAL) is invalid
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: PIG-5328
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-5328
>             Project: Pig
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: impl
>    Affects Versions: 0.16.0, 0.17.0
>         Environment: pig source HEAD as of Jan 2018 ... probably goes all the way back
to initial implementation of BigDecimal support
>            Reporter: Michael Howard
>            Priority: Major
>   Original Estimate: 0.25h
>  Remaining Estimate: 0.25h
>
> Divide.equalsZero(DataType.BIGDECIMAL) is flawed in that it uses an invalid test for ==
ZERO in the case of BigDecimal. 
>  
> ./physicalLayer/expressionOperators/Divide.java tests the divisor for zero in order to
avoid DivideByZero.
> The test is performed using a method equalsZero(...)
> Divide.equalsZero() is given 'protected' access, but I could not find other references
... should be 'private'
> equalsZero() implementation dispatches on dataType to type-specific predicates ... the
BigDecimal implementation is incorrect 
> The method BigDecimal.equals(other) is intended to be used for object equality, not numerical
equality. (Their justification is that equals() is used in hash-table lookups in java Collections.)
BigDecimal numbers are not normalized and scale is an important attribute. Scale is included
in BigDecimal.equals(). The values "0" and "0.00" have different scales and are not considered
"equals()"
> Comparisons for numeric equality need to be done using compareTo()
> In the special case of comparing to zero, BigDecimal.signum() is the best. 
> The current code is
> {{     case DataType.BIGDECIMAL:}}
> {{            return BigDecimal.ZERO.equals((BigDecimal) a);}}
> needs to be changed to
> {{     case DataType.BIGDECIMAL:}}
> {{            return ((BigDecimal) a).signum() == 0;}}
>  



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