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Re: Rounding of a number...

by Gilimanjaro (Hermit)
on Dec 27, 2004 at 12:00 UTC ( #417534=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Rounding of a number...

In the spirit of TIMTOWDI:

sprint("%5.2f",$yearlyamount/52 - 0.005)


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Re^2: Rounding of a number...
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 27, 2004 at 13:26 UTC
    For my machine, it will give the wrong answer for any time $yearlyamount equals k * 13, for k at least 9. This is because 52 is 4 * 13, and hence the division by 52 gives the exact answer, and subtracting 0.005 (which cannot be represented exactly in binary) from it causes %f to round it down to the next decimal. For instance, 117 / 52 - 0.005, on my computer with my Perl (5.8.6, with longdoubles and 64bitints) is about 2.244999999999999999895916591441391574335284531116485595703125. Just a tiny, tiny bit below 2.245, but that's enough to give the answer 2.24, instead of 2.25.

    Doing arithmetic with reals is very tricky, and it's therefore better to use a good module. POSIX.pm for instance, with its floor method.

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