Using fractions instead of floats
Ben Finney
bignose+hates-spam at benfinney.id.au
Mon Oct 1 03:48:02 CEST 2007
andresj <andres.j.new at gmail.com> writes:
> The problem arises when you try to represent some number, like 0.4 in
> a float.
Which is really a specific case of the general problem that, for any
given number base, some non-integer numbers cannot be exactly
represented as fractions.
> Secondly, what happens if I need to sum 1/3 and 0.4? I could use
> Decimal to represent 0.4 precisely, but what about 1/3?
What about the sum of π (pi) and √2 (sqrt(2))?
> So the solution I think is using a fraction type/class
As explained above, a fractional-number class only shifts the "exact
representation" problem, it doesn't solve it.
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