# Questions tagged [floating-point]

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

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### Why are floats converted from different integers sometimes equal?

I'm trying to understand the following algorithm: ...
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### Can area-partitioning lose included points due to floating point precision?

I'm currently partitioning a big area $A$ into $n$ areas $B_i$ such that $$\bigcup_{i=1}^n B_i = A$$ I have geo-coordinates which I know are in $A$ (also with the finite precision of floats). ...
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### Hypothetical question on floating point normalization

I've seen a few questions posted regarding the upsides/downsides of floating point formats that have explicit integrals vs. formats that have implicit integrals, but have not seen an answer that ...
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### Algorithm for implementing the modulus “%” operator?

How can an efficient modulus operator be implemented? Here's a naive way of defining A % B: given $(a,b) \in \mathbb{Z}$ (represented as ...
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### How does computer store non-repeating decimal very accurately?

Maybe it is not accurate at all, but it looks very accurate for me. I'm making a scientific calculator for my portfolio, and I found an interesting phenomenon. Because computers store decimals not ...
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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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### Implementing Gauss–Legendre algorithm using arbitrary-length rationals

I am trying to re-implement SuperPI myself in Rust, but the results I get are not very accurate. SuperPI computes pi using the Gauss-Legendre algorithm. The Gauss–Legendre algorithm is quite simple, ...
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### How to calculate machine epsilon

In a binary system we know that the next floating point number after 4 is 4+1/32. What is the machine epsilon? Is it 1/32 and if yes, why?
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### What does floating point biased notation have to do with 2's complement?

During lecture the professor talked about Integer Compare for floats and kept mentioning two's complement. What's the relation between them? All I understand is that two's complement can take us ...
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### Float multiplication

While doing the multiplication 1.4*0.8 in a python program, I got the result as 1.1199999999999999. Why didn't I get ...
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### Why does floating point modulus exactness matters?

Most Smalltalk dialects currently implement a naive inexact floating modulus (fmod/remainder). I just changed this to improve Squeak/Pharo and eventually other Smalltalk adherence to standards (IEEE ...
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### Understanding truncation and rounding error in IEEE floating point system?

I'm trying to understand the theory behind finding the optimal $h$ value for differentiation in this definition: $$\frac{f(x+h) - f(x)}{h}$$ as $h$ tends to 0. Here is my understanding: ...
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### Why do I get really different results with my benchmarking code I made?

I'm doing research work for my last year in high school. My work is about processors and for the experimental part i've coded an app that can mesure how many Floating Point Operation can a processor ...
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### How to Add IEEE 754 Floating Point Numbers

I'm trying to add two 16 bit numbers that use a similar format as IEEE 754. The format is in the image below: I can't figure out how to add together two numbers for the life of me. Specifically, ...
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### Is IEEE 754 float arithmetic associative, commutative, distributive, etc? Why?

Does the associative/commutative/distributive/etc property hold for arithmetic performed with IEEE 754 floats? Obviously the answer is no to most of those questions, but do any of the properties of ...
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### Imaginary numbers and negative zero

I've been studying the low-level hardware implementations of floating point numbers and doing an exercise to design a custom floating point implementation. I know that being able to represent ...
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### Float type variable uncertainty

I developed an image processing software and I need to do a numerical analysis of it, considering the error propagation associated to its operations and the uncertainty of float type variables caused ...
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### Union of fixed and floating point types

Say I have two real number types. They may be floating or fixed point. How can I construct a new type whose values are at least the union of the two with the minimal number of bits? There are 3 cases ...
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### Exact Value of Denormalised number related to floating point numbers

I faced with the following issue: if the value of a floating point format number is in the range of underflow, it must be 0 or a denormal number.If the value is not 0 than what is the exact value of ...
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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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### What is exponent of denormalized real in IEEE 754 floating point format?

I was reading this link. Here I noticed that, in table titles "Float Values (b = bias)", in exponent column, entry for denormalized reals is $00..00$, but in value column, the entry is $-b+1$. Why is ...
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### Genetic Algorithm Getting Stuck on Certain Values

I'm attempting to teach myself something about genetic algorithms. I found a simple tutorial on it here, and it made enough sense that I was able implement the suggested example of generating a string ...
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### How do proof assistants nowadays avoid floatpoint error?

I heard that Coq is using "Dedekind cut", but how's that related to floatpoint errors? Can we just use something like ...
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### Why do floating point values have infinity?

Why do floating point values have infinity instead of just a higher exponent?
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### 8-bit floating-point representation

I'm studying about representing fractional numbers as floating-point values. It is going to be an 8-bit representation. Somewhere in the text, it is said that: "We use the first bit to represent ...
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### Converting a 32-bit bit pattern into floating point number

In The Scientist and Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing By Steven W. Smith, Ph.D. i have read something like that, Single precision or 32-bit floating point forms the floating point number,...
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### How to estimate floating-point precision of function?

Let's say I have a function that consists solely of floating-point operations where the last operation rounds the computed value to a predefined number of digits. And I feed this function with a range ...
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### How does conversion from fixed-point to floating-point happen?

I came across to the code that convert 32-bit signed fixed-point number (16.16) to a float and it looks like (pseudocode) floating = fixed / 65536.0 Could you ...
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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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### how to convert any fraction to decimal

So for a project I am working on. I need to take a string representation of a floating point number, lets say "1.5" and do arithmetic on it with another floating point number. The catch is I cannot ...
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### Convert a decimal floating-point number into a binary floating-point number

Let's say I have a decimal floating-point number, i.e. a mantissa and precision (negative exponent), both represented as integers. How do I convert this into a binary floating point number (of the ...
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### Compress 32 bit integer into a normalized float

and sorry if this is a duplicate of some sort, my poor technical vocabulary doesn't get me very far with google. I am trying to implement some well-known PRNG algorithms. For the time, the algorithm ...
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### -4 as floating point

How would one represent the number -4 as an 8-bit normalised, 2's complement, floating point, with 4 bits dedicated to the exponent? As a normal 4-bit 2's complement number, it would be represented ...
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### What are some of the practical applications of functions that extract the exponent and mantissa of a floating point number?

I'm talking about functions such as Python's math.frexp() : math.frexp(x) Return the mantissa and exponent of x as the pair (m, e). m is a float and e is an integer such that x == m * 2**e ...
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### What are the reasons for and against using normalized floating point?

Floating point number formats can be normalized or not, meaning that ‘normal’ floating point numbers have an implicit (hidden) leading bit 1 in the significand. For example, the binary IEEE 754 ...
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### Neural Networks: Simulate the working of Dynamic Fixed Point representation of the weights on hardware

I am looking to implement a neural network on hardware using Verilog. I have completed and tested with floating point representation and a 20 bit fixed point representation. I want to further reduce ...
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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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### 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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### Floating point normalised numbers in binary

Many text books state that for a binary floating point representation in a computer byte, that if the mantissa is normalised, then a positive number must start with 01 from the left or a negative ...
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### Are IEEE floating point numbers intervals or point values?

The context is IEEE 754-2008 floating point number systems. The systems defined by the standard comprise, as far as I understand it, a bit-level representation and a set of guarantees on the precision ...
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### Why floating point representation uses a sign bit instead of 2's complement to indicate negative numbers

Consider a fixed point representation which can be regarded as a degenerate case of a floating number. It is entirely possible to use 2's complement for negative numbers. But why is a sign bit ...
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### Implicit Leading 1 in Binary Floating Point

Is the convention of dropping the leading 1 when storing the significand a given in all binary floating point representations or not necessarily?
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### Why a separate ALU is needed, since any integer can be represented as floating point numbers?

Most of the operations in computer are using floating point arithmetic.Put it simply why a Floating Point Unit alone is not sufficient? Can we do away with ALU?Is FP operations are resource intensive ...
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### Is the exponent in floating point numbers signed or unsigned

This may be sound like a stupid question, because, of course, it can be negative and, as Wikipedia states: A numeric variable is signed if it can represent both positive and negative numbers, and ...
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### What is meant by “uneven spacing” on number line when dealing with floating point numbers in computers?

I read some examples online on this subject, but none of them really gave an explanation. When I visualize the number line all I can see is evenly spaced numbers, I'm not grasping the notation of "...
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### Comparing floating-point numbers as integers

In the article http://floating-point-gui.de/errors/comparison/, a method for comparing floating-point numbers is suggested: There is an alternative to heaping conceptual complexity onto such an ...