4
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2answers
156 views

Floating point addition not associative

Can anybody explain the following behavior? x = 0.2 + (0.3 + 0.1); y = (0.2 + 0.3) + 0.1; x == y (* -> True *) But actually the variables do not exactly ...
66
votes
2answers
747 views

Why are numeric division and subtraction not handled better in Mathematica?

There is something that has been troubling me for a while. At least in version 7, the performance of a / b and a - b is not ...
1
vote
1answer
221 views

Why is arithmetic faster for inexact arithmetic?

I have been trying to compute eigenvalues of a rather sizable matrix A, about $500 \times 500$ (but sparse). I asked Mathematica to compute ...
0
votes
0answers
163 views

Rounding values [duplicate]

In Mathematica 8 when I enter 1 - 0.99 - 0.01 I get 8.67362*10^-18 instead of zero. How do I fix this problem? I am getting ...