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Re^4: Weird excel parsing problem

by Tanktalus (Canon)
on Nov 06, 2012 at 13:59 UTC ( #1002476=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Weird excel parsing problem
in thread Weird excel parsing problem

Except that, as you point out, we're referring to 5.0, and that is an exact number in binary, not like, say, 5.1. All of the numbers involved in that equation are representable exactly, even in floating point. On all platforms other than AIX7, 5e1 is deciphered to be 50, exactly. And IBM has a published bug report on this (they only publish bugs they accept and either have fixed or are planning to fix or acknowledge are bugs but cannot be fixed - rejected bug reports are not published). So I'm pretty confident it's an actual bug :-)

But what you point out is true as a generality, which is why I was pointing out that == doesn't always work, depending on what you're comparing. Works best for pure integers, not so good in general for floating point (but if you have numbers that can be represented exactly, barring bugs like the above, it should work). So ++ for pointing out the part I should have made explicit as to why == doesn't always work.

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