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Re: Chop?

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  • Subject: [mg23038] Re: [mg23007] Chop?
  • From: BobHanlon at
  • Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 02:43:24 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Chop is doing exactly what the documentation states it will.

Chop uses a default tolerance of 10^-10.

Use Chop[expr, delta] to replace numbers smaller in absolute magnitude than 
delta by 0.

Bob Hanlon

In a message dated 4/11/2000 11:44:13 PM, rustybel at writes:

>I have been noticing lately that sometimes Chop does not succeed in
>reducing numbers close to 0 to 0. Although my email program scrambled the
>superscripts, those '-7's down there are from the 10^-7's where I would
>expect (and would want) to see plain 0. Mathematica version 4.01 on a Mac.
>as plain text from OutputForm.
>This failure of Chop has ruined one of my most important algorithms, which
>takes the Union of a list of n-vectors.  It has wrecked in turn my most
>important notebooks. Notice, if you will, members 5 and 6 of the list
>below, where the z component should have Chopped to zero, but instead is
>two very small numbers of opposite sign.

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