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Re: Math 101 anyone?

by Crian (Chaplain)
on Oct 13, 2004 at 09:23 UTC ( #398813=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Math 101 anyone?

I just tried out the behaviour of Perl in this case and found this:
perl -e "print 1/10"
gives the result 0.1

Also does
perl -e "print 1.0 / 10"
perl -e "print 1.0 / 10.0".

perl -e "print 100.1 - 100.0"
gives the well known 0.0999999999999943.

(All under ActiveStates Perl 5.8.0 under Windows 2000.)

Is there a special mechanism in Perl that "saves" the fraction? Or do I miss something else?

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Re^2: Math 101 anyone?
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Oct 13, 2004 at 09:28 UTC

    Try this:

    printf "%.32f\n", 1/10; 0.10000000000000001000000000000000

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