Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

#16054 new defect

Coercion map should depend on the signature of the arguments

Reported by: tscrim Owned by: tscrim
Priority: major Milestone: sage-6.4
Component: coercion Keywords: coercion, algebras, base ring
Cc: vbraun, nils, nbruin, SimonKing Merged in:
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The problem is the signature doesn't match the domain, so the incorrect conversion map is being called.

More specifically, I have an algebra (with a basis) where I want to be able to construct elements from the input of (R, R, R). However it errors out because it's trying to apply the natural coercion from the base ring into my algebra.

class Foo(Parent):
    def __init__(self, R):
        Parent.__init__(self, base=R, category=AlgebrasWithBasis(R))
    def _element_constructor_(self, *args):
        return self.element_class(self, *args)
    class Element(Element):   # Remember to import Element in the command line
        def __init__(self, parent, *args):
            Element.__init__(self, parent)
            self.value = args
        def _repr_(self):
            return "bar: {}".format(self.value)

So try:

sage: F = Foo(ZZ)
sage: F._element_constructor_(1, 2, 3)
bar: (1, 2, 3)
sage: F(1, 2, 3)
TypeError: Underlying map <type 'instancemethod'> does not accept additional arguments

Really I'm wanting a (conversion) map from R x R x R to my algebra.

Note that F(1) goes into an infinite loop because I haven't defined a one() method, nor multiplication.

Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by nbruin

If you want a conversion map from R x R x R, then you should call it with F( (1, 2, 3) ). I'd say the problem is that your signature isn't supported out of the box (and I don't think it should). If you want to support more liberal syntax for F(...) then you can implement it ad-hoc.

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by tscrim

Actually I first wanted R x M for some other parent M. So F(3, (1,2)) (which is what my repr currently looks like) does not with the same error as above, but this works F((1, 2), 3) (because there is no coercion map in the first arg). I can reverse my repr order, but I prefer my current output.

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by vbraun_spam

  • Milestone changed from sage-6.2 to sage-6.3

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by vbraun_spam

  • Milestone changed from sage-6.3 to sage-6.4
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