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Re: LessSame

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  • Subject: [mg70307] Re: LessSame
  • From: "Chris Chiasson" <chris at>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 05:37:38 -0400 (EDT)
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So, setting $EqualTolerance to zero did solve my problem. However, I
have some questions.

What exactly is this tolerance?

Where they say there can be x number of digits difference in the
binary representation of the number, I don't really know what they

When I want to know if two numbers are "the same" to a certain
(additive) accuracy and precision, I use a comparison like this:


How does that relate to the above "tolerance"?

On 10/11/06, Chris Chiasson <chris at> wrote:
> I think
> -0.9999999999999919`<=-1.`
> giving True is toasting a numerical algorithm I'm trying to write.
> What I need is LessSame or something
> What's the best way to proceed?
> Block $EqualTolerance?
> --


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