[Maxima] adding floats. a peculiarity, and a proposal
Thu Aug 31 16:21:50 CDT 2006
in 5.9.3, xmaxima
It's like that old joke "we lose a little on each sale, but we make it up on
I have (yet another) proposal for floats for people to think
about, courtesy of W. Kahan..
In one sentence:
ALL user floating-point format input be stored as infinitely precise
rational numbers until
there is a first conversion to something that is used computationally, at
which point it is
converted to the appropriate type, precision, etc.
n n - 1
(%o13) 0.1 10 - 10
`rat' replaced 0.1 by 1//10 = 0.1
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