[Python-ideas] [Python-Dev] The Case Against Floating Point ==

Aaron Watters aaron.watters at gmail.com
Fri Mar 14 15:40:58 CET 2008

For systems programming I often use
floats as timestamps in dictionaries,
and in this case I never do calculations
and all I care about is "same" or "different",
meaning "any single bit difference".

If you change the way == works and
also follow through and change the way
floats in dictionaries work you would
probably break very many applications
like this.  I think any "almost equal"
should be implemented using a new
method or syntax x~=y rather than
break things.

   - Aaron Watters

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