[R] round() seems inconsistent when rounding 5s
Peter Dalgaard BSA
p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Sun Mar 16 11:36:43 CET 2003
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk writes:
> As people have already suggested, inexact representation.
> 2.45 is being represented as 2.4500000000000002 on my system when printed
> out from the C code in fround. It is not a binary fraction and so cannot
> be represented exactly (in standard hardware). The calculation does (2.45
> - 2)*10 and rounds it, and that is just greater than 4.5 (which could be
> represented exactly).
> Try this:
> > x <- 2.45
> > (100*x - 245)
>  2.842171e-14
> which is fairly firm evidence that the representation error is positive,
> as multiplication by 100 should be exact. Note though that the print
> routine will multiply by powers of 10 so the only sure way is to read the
> bit pattern and compute exactly from that.
Ah, I see now. What I saw before was
ltmp = x + 0.5;
/* implement round to even */
if(fabs(x + 0.5 - ltmp) < 10*DBL_EPSILON
&& (ltmp % 2 == 1)) ltmp--;
tmp = ltmp;
but that code sits inside
and if that's not on we get the system rint() which very likely
will not care about using fuzz.
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