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Date: 2004-10-23 (20:47)
From: Christophe Raffalli <christophe.raffalli@u...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] floating point input/conversion
Stefan Ratschan wrote:
> For the functions float_of_string and read_float the OCaml manual is
> very vague: "Convert the given string to a float".
> In fact, this sentence is wrong. For example, the number 0.1 does not
> have a floating point representation, only approximations to it.

Probably worst is the conversion from num to float (Num.float_of_num) 
which goes (or at least used to, I did not check 3.08.1) through
decimal representation as a string and is therefore not in constant time
as it could. This prevents a good implementation of what is called "lazy 
rational number" (you compute a float, but if it is not precise enough, 
then you compute an exact rational number)

Christophe Raffalli
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