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Comparisons of exact numbers

  • To: mathgroup at
  • Subject: Comparisons of exact numbers
  • From: JWENDEL at
  • Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1992 20:22:49 -0700 (PDT)

As discussed by Roger B. Kirchner, <kirchner at> and David Jacobson, 
<jacobson at>, perhaps it should be added that using N[...] may
not be the best strategy.  In Kirchner's example, find Min[2^(1/2),3^(1/2)],
it would surely be better to square both terms and compare the results.  Here's
another: find Min[x,y] where 


.........Jim Wendel

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