# Questions tagged [floating-point]

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

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Why do floating point values have infinity?

Why do floating point values have infinity instead of just a higher exponent?
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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 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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### Shortest decimal expansion within binary interval

Consider an interval $[x-2^n,x+2^n]$ defined by a binary float $x$ and a power of two $2^n$ typically much smaller than $x$. I would like to know whether an efficient algorithm exists to determine the ...
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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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### Simple algorithm for IEEE-754 division on 8-bit CPU?

IEEE Std 754-2008 is the modern definition of Floating-Point Arithmetic. It requires that division (among other operations) performs as if it first produced an intermediate result correct to ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 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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### -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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...
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### NaN simple precision IEEE 754 [closed]

How many words exist in the format of the simple precision IEEE 754 standard to represent the NaN value?
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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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### Inequality caused by float inaccuracy

At least in Java, if I write this code: float a = 1000.0F; float b = 0.00004F; float c = a + b + b; float d = b + b + a; boolean e = c == d; the value of $e$ ...
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### MSB and LSB in floating point number

What is MSB and LSB in significant of a floating point number? If I have a significant for example 0011010000 (half-precision) but 1. bit is implicit what is MSB: 0 or 1? In this case LSB is 0, ...
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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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### Floating Point Systems - Rounding Error in Taylor series

I have a question about rounding error. I have created a function to approximate exp(x) by summing the terms of its taylor series until the sum stops changing. (That is, 1 + x + x^2/2! ...). This ...
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### How to add two numbers in IEE754 half precision format?

i'm trying to understand how to add two numbers in IEE754 half precision format , i haven't found a good reference/tutorial on this , so i've tried to follow the 32 bit floating point addition ...
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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?