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Re^2: False positive on inequality comparison

by Nkuvu (Priest)
on Apr 06, 2009 at 17:21 UTC ( #755802=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: False positive on inequality comparison
in thread False positive on inequality comparison

That's something I would never have thought of. But it worked perfectly. String comparison found no difference -- even when a numeric comparison did find a difference. Thanks for the idea.


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Re^3: False positive on inequality comparison
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Apr 06, 2009 at 19:31 UTC

    Using string comparison on floats is dangerous, unless you don't care if the floats are actually different!

    As this shows in the last line, Perl's default stringification for floats will only show you 6 decimal places of precision, anything beyond that accuracy and you are just pretending the are the same.

    $first = unpack 'd', pack 'b64', '1001110001010011100010111001000010000101000001010110011000000010';; $second = unpack 'd', pack 'b64', '1010110001010011100010111001000010000101000001010110011000000010';; printf "%f %f :> %17.17f\n", $first, $second, $first - $second;; 181.019658 181.019658 :> 0.00000000000011369

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