# [MATRIX-SIG] Re: int. division

**David J. C. Beach
**
beach@verinet.com

*Sun, 18 Jan 1998 04:14:21 -0700*

Charles G. Waldman wrote:
>* David J. C. Beach writes:
*>* >
*>* > Allow me to reiterate Paul Dubois's argument. Consider the code:
*>* >
*>* > x = i / j
*>* >
*>* > Now, suppose i=2 and j=4. Then x will be the integer, 2. Everybody agrees
*>* > on this.
*>*
*>* Well, not everybody. I would have 2/4 == 2.0 and 2//4 == 2
*
Perhaps the truly funny thing here is that 2.0/4.0 = 1.0/2.0 = 0.5. (WHOOPS!)
It's a known fact that mathematicians can't do simple arithmetic. For the
record, what we *meant* to say is that 4.0/2.0 = 2.0
Dave
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David J. C. Beach
Colorado State University
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