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IntervalDtype inconsistencies and bugs #18980

jschendel opened this Issue Dec 28, 2017 · 1 comment


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jschendel commented Dec 28, 2017

1. Inconsistent comparisons versus string 'interval':

In [2]: IntervalDtype() == 'interval'
Out[2]: True

In [3]: IntervalDtype('interval') == 'interval'
Out[3]: False

In [4]: IntervalDtype('int64') == 'interval'
Out[4]: False

I'd expect all of these to return True, like how CategoricalDtype(*, *) == 'category' always returns True.

2. Inconsistent comparisons versus IntervalDtype(None):

In [5]: IntervalDtype(None) == IntervalDtype('interval')
Out[5]: False

In [6]: IntervalDtype(None) == IntervalDtype('int64')
Out[6]: False

I'd expect all of these to return True, like how CDT(None, None) == CDT(*, *) always returns True.

3. attribute changes

In [7]: IntervalDtype().name
Out[7]: 'interval'

In [8]: IntervalDtype('interval').name
Out[8]: 'interval[]'

In [9]: IntervalDtype('int64').name
Out[9]: 'interval[int64]' attribute is always the same:

In [10]: CategoricalDtype(list('abc'), True).name
Out[10]: 'category'

In [11]: CategoricalDtype(list('wxyz'), False).name
Out[11]: 'category'

I'd expect to always return 'interval', like how always returns 'category'. This makes the code for checking equality against strings (i.e. what I described in 1) simpler. I don't think the behavior of str(IntervalDtype) should change, which is currently the same as, so I'd still have that return strings specifying the subtype.

4. CategoricalDtype gets cached incorrectly: (No longer an issue due to #19022)

In [12]: idt1 = IntervalDtype(CategoricalDtype(list('abc'), True))

In [13]: idt2 = IntervalDtype(CategoricalDtype(list('wxyz'), False))

In [14]: idt2.subtype
Out[14]: CategoricalDtype(categories=['a', 'b', 'c'], ordered=True)

This looks to be caused by the caching being done by string representation, and str(CDT(*, *)) always returns 'category':

return cls._cache[str(subtype)]
except KeyError:
u = object.__new__(cls)
u.subtype = subtype
cls._cache[str(subtype)] = u
return u

Can caching be removed entirely for IntervalDtype, or is there some need/advantage that I'm not seeing? Looking at the other dtypes, CategoricalDtype appears to have had the caching code removed, but PeriodDtype and DatetimeTZDtype are using it.


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jreback commented Dec 29, 2017

IIRC the reason for caching was:

a) perf (constructing a dtype each time involves some checks)
b) equality/hashing; the caching gives exactly the same object back so we can do is comparison. this is quite important as these are singular objects (though they are parameterized). IOW, IntervalDtype() should always be a singleton, and so on.

@jreback jreback added this to the Next Major Release milestone Dec 29, 2017

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Fix IntervalDtype Bugs and Inconsistencies #18997

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@jreback jreback modified the milestones: Next Major Release, 0.23.0 Jan 7, 2018

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