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From: Steven Watanabe (steven_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-01-29 19:12:09


John Phillips wrote:
> The formal review of the Boost.Accumulators library, submitted by Eric
> Neibler begins today and ends on Wednesday, February 7. The library is
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> From the documentation:
> Boost.Accumulators is both a library for incremental statistical
> computation as well as an extensible framework for incremental
> calculation in general. The library deals primarily with the concept of
> an accumulator, which is a primitive computational entity that accepts
> data one sample at a time and maintains some internal state. These
> accumulators may offload some of their computations on other
> accumulators, on which they depend. Accumulators are grouped within an
> accumulator set. Boost.Accumulators resolves the inter-dependencies
> between accumulators in a set and ensures that accumulators are
> processed in the proper order.
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user_s_guide.html#id450311 line 363
accumulators.qbk line 189
for some reason external<> is not a link in the html

accumulators.qbk lines 35-37
[def _mpl_ [@../../libs/mpl MPL]]
[def _mpl_lambda_expression_
[@../../libs/mpl/doc/refmanual/lambda-expression.html MPL Lambda
[def _parameters_ [@../../libs/parameters Boost.Parameters]]
these links are bad

Unless for some obscure reason that I am missing it is just
too difficult, I would strongly prefer to make sure the constructors
are called in the correct order.

The whole dance with fusion::vector is unnecessary.
It would be simpler to use
    struct accumulator_tuple_base {
        template<class Args>
        accumulator_tuple(const Args&) {}
    template<class T, class Base>
    struct accumulator_tuple : T, Base {
        template<class Args>
        accumulator_tuple(const Args& args) : T(args), Base(args) {}
Since every accumulator is put before all the
accumulators that depend on it in make_accumulator_tuple
you can write
        typename mpl::reverse_fold<
          , accumulator_tuple_base
          , accumulator_tuple<mpl::_2, mpl::_1>
Then every accumulator is constructed after any
others that it depends on. As a bonus the only
limit to the number of accumulators is whatever
the compiler can handle.

What happens if you freeze a feature that another feature depends on?
    #include <iostream>
    #include <boost/accumulators/accumulators.hpp>
    #include <boost/accumulators/statistics/mean.hpp>
    #include <boost/accumulators/statistics/sum.hpp>

    using namespace boost::accumulators;

    int main() {
        accumulator_set<double, features<tag::mean, droppable<tag::sum>
> > accum_set;
        std::cout << mean(accum_set) << std::endl; //prints 1
This behavior can easily cause surprises. It must
be fixed to print 2. I'm not quite sure how to implement
it correctly. I think that probably you need to store the
result at the point that drop is called for external lookup
and continue to collect data for internal usage. Of course,
this only applies in the face of dependencies.

The user guide needs to specify what header each component is in.

There is no description of what this macro is for.

accumulator_set.hpp line 149
corresponds to -- What?

accumulators_fwd.hpp #define's
This is a very bad idea as it might make
make the value smaller than it would otherwise
have been. Please just check FUSION_MAX_VECTOR_SIZE
and issue a #error directive if it is too small.

For simple cases at least the library seems
to cause little to no overhead with msvc compared to
hard coding everything.

The docs need to state clearly what happens when
more than one accumulator maps to the same feature.

Overall the users guide is quite good.
I had no difficulty understanding it.
The reference manual is pretty sketchy though.

For the most part the interface is clean and easy to use.

I definitely think Accumulators should be included in boost.

In Christ,
Steven Watanabe

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