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From: Zeno Lee <zeno.lee@e...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] weird floating poing behavior on windows
This does not happen to me on Solaris from which I do all my ocaml work, but
I happened to be using the toplevel on windows as a quick and dirty
calculator when I noticed the different behavior.

solaris$ ocaml
        Objective Caml version 3.06

#  0.8 *. 0.7 *. 0.8;;
- : float = 0.448

however, when I use your example c program on the same solaris machine it
prints out

0.44799999999999995


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Brown" <caml-list@davidb.org>
To: "Zeno Lee" <zeno.lee@earthlink.net>
Cc: <caml-list@inria.fr>
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2004 3:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] weird floating poing behavior on windows


> On Fri, Apr 02, 2004 at 02:39:43PM -0500, Zeno Lee wrote:
> > Can anyone tell me what's going on here?  Is this a known issue on
windows?
> >
> > C:\>ocaml
> >         Objective Caml version 3.07+2
> > # 0.2 *. 0.26;;
> > - : float = 0.052000000000000005
                        052000000000000005

> > # 0.8 *. 0.7 *. 0.8;;
> > - : float = 0.44799999999999995
>
> Nothing unusual.  Floats only have a certain amount of precision.  The
> toplevel prints floats out with more precision than they contain.  It
> does the same thing on Linux.
>
> For example, in C:
>
>         #include <stdio.h>
>
>         int
>         main (int argc, char **argv)
>         {
>           printf ("%.17g\n", 0.2 * 0.26);
>           printf ("%.17g\n", 0.8 * 0.7 * 0.8);
>           return 0;
>         }
>
> prints:
>         0.052000000000000005
>         0.44799999999999995
>
> Now the real question is why does the toplevel do this (and where, in
> the code is it coming from).  string_of_float only uses 12 digits.
>
> Dave Brown

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