documentation error
tiissa
tiissa at nonfree.fr
Sun Sep 4 15:10:39 CEST 2005
bill wrote:
>>From 3.2 in the Reference Manual "The Standard Type Hierarchy":
>
> "Integers
> These represent elements from the mathematical set of whole
> numbers."
>
> The generally recognized definition of a 'whole number' is zero and the
> positive integers.
This term is ambiguous as it seems to be used for both natural numbers
and signed numbers [1].
> That is to say, -1 is not a whole number. The
> documentation ought to replace "whole numbers" with "integers".
Then you get a circular definition, arguably not very useful.
Why not simply precise 'signed whole numbers'?
However, it can be noted that the first instance of such types provides
the range -2147483648, 2147483647 which cannot be mistaken for natural
numbers.
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole_numbers
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