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comparisons between floats and ratios
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1986 10:42 EST
From: "Scott E. Fahlman" <Fahlman@C.CS.CMU.EDU>
A not-entirely-unrelated question: What kind of rounding is FLOAT supposed
I think that the GOAL is to produce the closest approximation to the
ratio that is possible in a given floating-point format. That's what
implementors should shoot for. Whether it makes sense to REQUIRE this
in the very last bit is less clear. I don't think I've ever seen a
floating-point package that got this right all the time.
You haven't looked at your 36xx lately, then.