[Python-Dev] Mixing float and Decimal -- thread reboot

Mark Dickinson dickinsm at gmail.com
Sun Mar 21 00:46:09 CET 2010

On Sat, Mar 20, 2010 at 11:20 PM, Greg Ewing
<greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz> wrote:
> * Decimal and float really belong side-by-side in the
> tower, rather than one above the other. Neither of them is
> inherently any more precise or exact than the other.

Except that float is fixed-width (typically 53 bits of precision),
while Decimal allows a user-specified, arbitrarily large, precision;
so in that sense the two floating-point types aren't on an equal


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