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According to this post it is saying Two's complement is only for integers, but in Wolframalpha is is saying the Two's complement of 16.5 is 0010000.1, how?

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It seems that WolframAlpha is using fixed-point representation. In effect, it is doubling your number and then representing it as two's-complement.

In more detail, WolframAlpha is guessing that you are interested in fixed-point representations of the form $$ xxxxxxx.x $$ in binary, that is, 8 bits in total, with the "decimal" point at the fixed position between the 7th and 8th bits. Using two's complement, you can represent all numbers from $-64$ (represented as $1000000.0$) to $+63.5$ (represented as $0111111.1$).

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