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Re: Dropping Similar Numbers from List

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  • Subject: [mg60596] Re: Dropping Similar Numbers from List
  • From: Peter Pein <petsie at>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 03:20:37 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <dgolfn$hrg$>
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andre schrieb:
> My data set has some numbers which differ by a small amount, say one
> part in 10^-15, that I don't want to appear more than once.  If they
> were identical, I would just use Union[data] and be finished.  Is there
> a way to set a tollerance for the Union function?
> I tried to use SetPrecision to get rid of the unwanted extra digits,
> but Union[SetPrecision[data,n]] gives the same result as Union[data].
> What exactly does SetPrecision do?  It seems that it's not just
> dropping the digits beyond the limit I set.
> Andre
Hi Andre,

 have a look at the documentation. You can specify as Option SameTest a
function to decide which elements of a set are considered equal.

x0 = 1.234;
vec = x0 + Range[3]/10^10;
Outer[Equal, vec, vec, 1]
{{True, False, False},
  {False, True, False},
  {False, False, True}}
Out[4]= {1.2340000001, 1.2340000002, 1.2340000003}
In[5]:= Union[vec, SameTest -> (Abs[#1 - #2] < Abs[#1 + #2]/10^8 & )]

Peter Pein, Berlin
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