Re: Possreps and numeric types

From: Gene Wirchenko <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 09:33:23 -0700
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"David Cressey" <> wrote:

>"Gene Wirchenko" <> wrote in message
>> Bob Badour <> wrote:
>> [snip]
>> >I admit I used epsilon somewhat sloppily and not necessarily with the
>> >exact meaning used when discussing a particular floating-point
>> >implementation. I used it to mean the distance to the representable
>> >predecessor or successor of any representable rational value.
>> That is incorrect. It is per
>> In a floating-point system, epsilon is the smallest number such that
>> 1 + epsilon > 1
>The difference between the Wiki definition and Bob's usage is just about an
>epsilon's worth of difference. I tend to use a more sloppy term, myself. I
>use "close enough for government work".

     It makes it rather hard to communicate on a technical subject when the definitions are not being followed. Shall we start discussing records?


Gene Wirchenko

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Received on Thu Mar 29 2007 - 18:33:23 CEST

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