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Re: Should we be touching goops?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Should we be touching goops?
Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2022 17:48:22 +0200
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Carl Sorensen <> writes:

> On Fri, Jun 3, 2022 at 7:21 AM David Kastrup <> wrote:
>> Dan Eble <> writes:
>> > On Jun 2, 2022, at 20:32, David Kastrup <> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> #(define-method (+ (a <Moment>) (b <Moment>)) (ly:moment-add a b))
>> >> #(define-method (- (a <Moment>) (b <Moment>)) (ly:moment-sub a b))
>> >
>> > Could we also introduce a distinction in type between points and spans
>> > of time?  "Measure 12 minus Measure 8" is 4 measures, but it is not
>> > Measure 4; and "Measure 12 plus Measure 8" is not a thing.
>> While I get your point, I think that this ship has sailed.  That's not
>> as much a problem of GOOPS but of the preexisting code.
>> I think the first point of cleanup would be to replace Moment's misuse
>> as a substitute for "Rational" (which did not have a Scheme
>> representation and was done at a time where Guile did not have
>> "arbitrary" precision rationals), like in baseMoment.
> I think that baseMoment is exactly the kind of use that that Dan is
> addressing.
> baseMoment is a "Moment Span", that is, a separation between two distinct
> moments in time.
> I think that we need the concept of a Moment Span.  Although it can be
> represented as a Rational (as long as we ignore the Grace part),

A base moment has no grace part: that would be an utter absurdity.  Your
willingness to ignore this aspect of the type while wanting to stress
that it is inherently a period size makes obvious that this is more of a
picked academic issue than anything else.

> just using a Rational does not carry the semantics of a Moment Span.

Programming languages don't offer different types for distances,
positions, weights, forces, whatnot.  When I equate various amounts of
power, the numbers don't demand that I get every part of

1 kg m²/s² = 1 V A s

signed off by the compiler.  I can rearrange terms perfectly well from

a + b - c = a - c + b = (-c) + b + a

without worrying about order of execution to make sure that every
intermediate term has a well-defined physical meaning.

> As I see it, a Moment represents a span from time 0, with the time 0
> being implied.  It seems like we ought to be able to represent a
> moment span as a pair of Moments.

Frankly, that's academic.  It reminds me of the excessive amount of
energy placed into keeping the mathematics(!) of location vectors and
difference vectors separate.

Just as a reminder: we have functions ly:moment-mul and ly:moment-div
and ly:moment-mod .  In terms of being a logical atrocity, they
certainly beat hollow the "problem" of not inventing a different type
for time spans from arbitrary positions than for time spans from

David Kastrup

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