# [R] Pb with date time sequence with period<1sec

peter dalgaard pdalgd at gmail.com
Thu Sep 10 11:07:35 CEST 2015

```Plus, current dates are an awful lot of seconds since 1970-01-01, so the relative error on second-scale differences is bigger than you might think:

> as.numeric(Sys.time())
[1] 1441874878

and since relative representation errors are of the order 1e-16, the corresponding absolute errors are about 1e-7.

(The examples given forgot to tell us what nom_fich is supposed to be, but I assume something relatively current was meant.)

-pd

On 09 Sep 2015, at 16:50 , Sarah Goslee <sarah.goslee at gmail.com> wrote:

> Looks like R FAQ 7.31 to me.
>
> https://cran.r-project.org/doc/FAQ/R-FAQ.html#Why-doesn_0027t-R-think-these-numbers-are-equal_003f
>
> On Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 4:19 AM, DE <david.ecotiere at cerema.fr> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> I'd like to create a date-time seq with a period of 0.05 s, over several
>> days.
>>
>> # try :
>> start<-strptime(nom_fich,format="%y%m%d")
>> time<-seq(from=start, by=0.05, length.out = 86400*20*3)
>> print(as.POSIXlt(time[2])\$sec)
>> # result is 0.04999995 and not 0.05 as expected
>>
>> But If I am looking at the sequence, the seconds are not separated by 0.05,
>> but by something very close (0.04999995). Same pb if I want to add a
>> fraction of seconds to a date-time object :
>>
>> # try :
>> start<-strptime(nom_fich,format="%y%m%d")
>> as.POSIXlt(start+0.05,origin="1970-01-01")\$sec
>> # result is 0.04999995 and not 0.05 as expected
>>
>> Any idea to solve this pb ?
>>
>> Thank you in advance !
>>
>>
>
>
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