Precision and CD's

Richard M. Timoney richardt at maths.tcd.ie
Thu Jul 15 11:21:04 CEST 1999

On Wed, Jul 14, 1999 at 05:02:53PM -0400, Bruce R Miller wrote:

>   bigfloat(1234567890,10,30) => 1234567890 \times 10^{30}
> (ugh) but with a little trivial string processing:
>   bigfloat(1234567890,10,30) => 1.234567890 \times 10^{39}
> is fine.  However:
>   bigfloat(1234567890,16,30) => 1234567890 \times 16^{30}
> (blecch!) and there's not much more you can do (or?)

I think the CD could comment that radix 10 and 16 are preferred
(possibly we could argue for 2 and perhaps 8 as well).

However, James (Davenport) was probably right to allow fairly arbitrary
radix. Radix 0, 1 or negative seem to me not to be desirable or needed.

I think
bigfloat(x1234567890,16,30) => (1 x 16^10 + ..... + x 16^2 + 9 x 16 + 0) x 16^30
makes more sense.

We only allow integers (<OMI>) to be base 10 or 16.

So bigfloat(x1234567890,16,30) could be

<OMOBJ>
<OMA>
<OMS cd="bigfloat" name="bigfloat"/>
<OMI>
x1234567890
</OMI>
<OMI>
x1e
</OMI>
<OMI>
16
</OMI>
<OMA/>
</OMOBJ>

Yours,

Richard

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