From:

James Kanze <james.kanze@gmail.com>

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comp.lang.c++

Date:

Thu, 8 Oct 2009 02:47:30 -0700 (PDT)

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On 6 Okt, 15:47, Carsten Fuchs <CarstenFu...@T-Online.de> wrote:

OK, so let's play with numbers:

The number D of digits needed to represent a number N in

base 10 notation is

D = ceil(log10(N)).

For a single-precision floating-point number, there are some

20 bits in the mantissa, so the number of digits D to represent

the mantissa becomes

D = ceil(log10(2^20))

= ceil(20*log10(2))

> 20*floor(log10(2))

> 20*3

> 60.

So one needs *at*least* 60 digits to represent the number.

Rune Allnor wrote:

Yes, agreed, one or both of a) and b is/are the implied

assumption.

I also should have mentioned in my original post where I got

the idea for all this

from:http://www.open-std.org/JTC1/sc22/wg21/docs/papers/2006/n2005.pdf

So if I understand this correctly, for step 2) there is a

certain number of digits (max_digits10 in the paper) that

express the original value in "equal or higher precision"

than was in the original float.

1) Approximations might occur when the value is first loaded

2) Approximations might occur when the value is serialized

3) Approximations might occur when the value is de-serialized

The problem is steps 2) and 3): Unless you can guarantee

that either

a) No approximations occur in steps 2) and 3)

b) The approximation in 3) exactly cancels the

approximation introduced in 2)

2) Approximations might occur when the value is serialized

3) Approximations might occur when the value is de-serialized

The problem is steps 2) and 3): Unless you can guarantee

that either

a) No approximations occur in steps 2) and 3)

b) The approximation in 3) exactly cancels the

approximation introduced in 2)

Yes, agreed, one or both of a) and b is/are the implied

assumption.

I also should have mentioned in my original post where I got

the idea for all this

from:http://www.open-std.org/JTC1/sc22/wg21/docs/papers/2006/n2005.pdf

So if I understand this correctly, for step 2) there is a

certain number of digits (max_digits10 in the paper) that

express the original value in "equal or higher precision"

than was in the original float.

OK, so let's play with numbers:

The number D of digits needed to represent a number N in

base 10 notation is

D = ceil(log10(N)).

For a single-precision floating-point number, there are some

20 bits in the mantissa, so the number of digits D to represent

the mantissa becomes

D = ceil(log10(2^20))

= ceil(20*log10(2))

> 20*floor(log10(2))

> 20*3

> 60.

So one needs *at*least* 60 digits to represent the number.

Exactly. There's no requirement for an exact representation,

however; only one that guarantees a round trip conversion. For

that, 9 digits suffice, see the section "Binary to Decimal

Conversion" in http://www.validlab.com/goldberg/paper.pdf.

(Until you've read and understood this paper, you have no

business using floating point in a program.)

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