[Coco] printing out floating point numbers...(only peripherally related to coco)

James Jones jamesjones01 at mchsi.com
Tue Aug 1 21:29:14 EDT 2006

Aaron Banerjee wrote:
> Quite simple. I'm working with numbers which are in a relatively small
> range, but need a fine degree of precision.  As others have mentioned,
> this is sort of an odd size for a float.  I wasn't looking for a generic
> super-float.  Depending on what you're using it for, 8 bit mantissa and
> 245 bits of precision isn't "absurd" at all.

Well, yes, but... I'm hoping you seriously know your numerical analysis 
and do some really strict error analysis on your code that uses these 
numbers and on where you're getting your inputs from--otherwise all that 
effort to do floating point with a 245-bit mantissa may be pointless.

	James Jones

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