# Questions tagged [floating-point]

Approximate representation of numbers as a fixed number of digits multiplied by a logarithmic scale.

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### What is the state of the algorithmic art for floating point arithmetic on complex numbers?

Most modern compilers and processors implement the IEEE 754 binary formats for floating point numbers. IEEE 754 guarantees that the addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and square root ...
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### Representing Computations on Transcendental Numbers

Consider the set of transcendental numbers that are not compressible to a finite base-2 representation. How can I compute multiples (more generally, any algebraic computation) of one of these numbers,...
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### Stable and fast computation of the squared euclidean distance matrix

Let's say I want to compute the matrix $M$ of the squared euclidean distances between each pair of vectors $(x, y)$ belonging to two sets $X$ and $Y$ respectively. The sets of vectors $X$ and $Y$ have ...
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### Heuristic Consistency with float multiplications

I'm running A* search with a theoretically consistent heuristic. I'm doing a lot of float multiplications, and I'm not sure how best to ensure that my heuristic remains consistent down to the last ...
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### numeric stability of map reduce operations

I am building a small library for computing information retrieval metrics for classifiers (precision, recall, f1, accuracy, whatever). Typically each metric is built by calculating a single value for ...
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### Why mantissa and exponent are stored differently in a float?

As we know, in IEEE 754 standard, float number's exponent and mantissa are stored differently. While the exponent is stored as an unsigned number, taking advantage of the bias, the mantissa is in sign-...
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### Normalised Floating Point System

I have a floating point number system and I have a number for which I need to calculate the exact relative error after rounding. The number is clearly an overflow. Does anyone know what I should do? ...
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### Why have only 15 bits been apportioned for the exponent in the 128-bit quad-precision datatype?

I look forward to the day we can start using quad-precision numbers, but was disappointed to see that in the specification, only 15 bits out of a whopping 128 were assigned to the exponent as shown by ...
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Hi I have this simple question. When adding a positive number with a negative number, both of same exponent. Imagine that after complementing the negative we have something like this: 1.111 + 0.001 .....
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### Floating point substraction

if $x=1.0e38=1.0 * 10^{38}$ and $y=3.0$ i want to find $(x-x)+y$ and $(x+y)-x$ i think the value of (x-x)+y will be just substract $x-x=0 + y=3.0 = 3.0$ but how can i perfom addition of different ...
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### How does normalised floating point binary work with two's complement?

I'm doing AQA a-level computer science, and the specification for which states that: Exam questions on floating point numbers will use a format in which both the normalised mantissa and exponent are ...
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### Understanding denormalized numbers in floating point representation

I am confused about how denormalized numbers work in floating point representation. I was referring to Stallings book and this article. The book initially explains floating point number format in ...
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### Numbers lying between single and double precision

The IEEE floating point number format is defined as $$s\underbrace{c_1\dots c_m}_\text{exponent}\underbrace{f_1\dots f_n}_\text{fraction}\text{ (*)}$$ with $s, c_i, f_j$ being either $1$ or $0$. The ...
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### IEEE-754 and machine numbers

I've been trying to wrap my head around machine numbers like the unit roundoff (u) and epsilon (e) in combination with the IEEE 754 standard. My textbook states some things that don't really make ...
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### Using a 16-bit 2,s Complement normalised floating-point representation; 10-bit fractional mantissa and a 6-bit integer exponent: express 2.171875

So far I know how to normalize when you are given, say: 1111010010 Mantissa, and 000100 exponent and are told that it's a positive number: ...
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### Using half float to represent scaled short (int16), do I lose precision comparing to using double?

A device is generating 14-bit integer which is stored as int16 (short), a scaling process will then scale the data to value of order 10E-3. Does it then matter if I store these number with half float ...
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### Computing the error bound of floating-point expression

How should I compute the maximum absolute and relative error of the following IEEE-754 floating-point expression? a.y + (x - a.x) * ((b.y - a.y) / (b.x - a.x)) ...
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### Inverting an IEEE 754 double

While preparing for an exam I've come across this problem: Let $x$ be an IEEE 754 double precision number. Show that $$\texttt{fl}(x * \texttt{fl}(1/x))$$ has only 2 possible results ...
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### When do you know whether an exponent represents a movement of the decimal point to the left?

I'm learning about floating point numbers and I don't quite understand when one should interpret an exponent as moving the decimal point to the left. By book shows an example of converting -10.5 ...
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### How can a Number Represented without Normalization Technique?

Consider the following floating point Representation Mantissa is pure fraction in signed magnitude form . What is the representation of the binary number 1111.1111 $\times 2^{2}$ in hexadecimal ...
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### How do the Guard, sticky, and round bits work and affect floating point Representation?

I've got a test on this tomorrow, my instructor's lectures aren't up, and the notes are ambiguous... Anyhow, we've been covering floating point operations, specifically addition, and he mentioned ...
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### How to determine the range of a number represented in IEEE-754 format?

Given a format: say 12-bit floating point with sign bit, 5 - bit biased exponent and 6- bit significant with implied bit, how do i go about determining the range of ...
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### Logarithms using digit recurrence, how many bits to store in a LUT?

In a known method for approximating logarithms the following decomposition is adopted (assuming $x \in [1,2)$): $$log_2(x) = 1 + \sum_{j=1}^{+\infty} w_i log_2(1+2^{-j})$$ Where all the ...
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### Are floats abstract data types?

Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_data_type Can we say that float data types (or all primitive data types or only integer) are abstract data types?