Author Dennis Sweeney
Recipients Dennis Sweeney, brandtbucher, rhettinger
Date 2021-06-02.04:46:21
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I agree that we should benchmark for what the value of "two" should be ;) . Maybe only match statements with >=20 consecutive simple cases end up being worth it. I would assume that if "case 1, case 2, ..., case 20" are all in a row then "case 1" wouldn't be *that* much more likely than "case 20", so a slowdown on case 1 wouldn't matter too much if the average gets better.

I'm under the impression that match-case statements would frequently be used only once per function call. If I understand your proposal, that would mean that calling a function with a N-case constant-pattern match would require N hashes and N insertions into a dict (including memory allocation), followed by O(1) lookup. Wouldn't that eliminate any hope of making such a function O(1)? Unless there's a way to cache the populated dict somewhere else?

I suggested HAMT because it's a well-tested pre-existing fast immutable mapping that already implements __hash__, so it would be safe to store in co_consts already populated. Re-implementing all of the dict logic seems like an unnecessary pain, which is why I was suggesting either the HAMT or a thin wrapper around dict, not a re-implementation of a new hash table. I was hoping to do the minimum amount of disruption possible to get reasonable O(1) performance, and then seeing where that leaves us.
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