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Tag Archives: float
Please Calculate This Circle’s Circumference
“Please write a C++ function that takes a circle’s diameter as a float and returns the circumference as a float.” It sounds like the sort of question you might get in the first week of a C++ programming class. And … Continue reading
Float Precision Revisited: Nine Digit Float Portability
Last year I pointed out that float variables can be converted to text and then back to the same binary value using printf(“%1.8e”). You can also use %.9g for more compact results. I also supplied a test program that used … Continue reading
Posted in Floating Point
Tagged float, floating point, floating point precision, printf, scanf
18 Comments
Doubles are not floats, so don’t compare them
I’ve seen a few online discussions linking to my Comparing Floating Point Numbers page for misguided reasons and I wanted to discuss those reasons to help people understand why throwing epsilons at the problem without understanding the situation is a … Continue reading
Posted in Floating Point, Programming
Tagged base conversion, epsilon, float, floating point, precision
25 Comments
Exceptional Floating Point
Floatingpoint math has an answer for everything, but sometimes that’s not what you want. Sometimes instead of getting an answer to the question sqrt(1.0) (it’s NaN) it’s better to know that your software is asking imaginary questions. The IEEE standard … Continue reading
Posted in AltDevBlogADay, Floating Point, Programming
Tagged divide by zero, double, exceptions, float, floating point
30 Comments
Floatingpoint complexities
Binary floatingpoint math is complex and subtle. I’ve collected here a few of my favorite oddball facts about IEEE floatingpoint math, based on the articles so far in my floatingpoint series. The focus in this list is on float but … Continue reading
Posted in AltDevBlogADay, Floating Point, Programming
Tagged comparing, denormal, digits, float, floating point, floating point precision, floating point tricks, precision, printing
15 Comments
Intermediate FloatingPoint Precision
Riddle me this Batman: how much precision are these calculations evaluated at? If you answered ‘double’ and ‘float’ then you score one point for youthful idealism, but zero points for correctness. The correct answer, for zeroidealism points and forty two … Continue reading
C++ 11 std::async for Fast Float Format Finding
After a recent post on float precision there was some debate about roundtripping of floats. My claim was that if you print a float with printf(“%1.8e”, f); and then scan it back in then you are guaranteed to get back … Continue reading
Posted in Floating Point, Programming, Visual Studio
Tagged float, precision, print, scanf
24 Comments
Float Precision–From Zero to 100+ Digits
How much precision does a float have? It depends on the float, and it depends on what you mean by precision. Typical reasonable answers range from 69 decimal digits, but it turns out that you can make a case for … Continue reading
Posted in AltDevBlogADay, Floating Point, Programming
Tagged double, float, floating point, floating point precision, precision, significant figures
52 Comments
Comparing Floating Point Numbers, 2012 Edition
This post is a more carefully thought out and peer reviewed version of a floatingpoint comparison article I wrote many years ago. This one gives solid advice and some surprising observations about the tricky subject of comparing floatingpoint numbers. A … Continue reading
Posted in AltDevBlogADay, Floating Point, Programming
Tagged comparing floats, double, epsilon, float, floating point precision, floating point tricks, precision
234 Comments
Don’t Store That in a Float
I promised in my last post to show an example of the importance of knowing how much precision a float has at a particular value. Here goes. As a general rule this type of data should never be stored in … Continue reading
Posted in AltDevBlogADay, Floating Point, Programming
Tagged double, float, floating point, game time, microseconds, precision, time resolution
27 Comments