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Re: Re: Re: More /.{I->-1} craziness. Schools

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  • Subject: [mg106920] Re: [mg106656] Re: [mg106882] Re: More /.{I->-1} craziness. Schools
  • From: DrMajorBob <btreat1 at>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 02:44:37 -0500 (EST)
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0 and 1 are not "fuzzballs", so what interval could be >= 1 and also 0.?


On Wed, 27 Jan 2010 00:44:22 -0600, Daniel Lichtblau <danl at>  

> Richard Fateman wrote:
>> [...]
>> If all of Mathematica functionality were available in the free player
>> version, WRI would need to drastically change its business model. And
>> even it it were free, we still have behavior like this: (..for some
>> values of zero)
>>    {x >== 1, x > 0, x}  evaluates to {True, False, 0.}
>> RJF
> Let's take simple intervals, that is, intervals that are segments.
> Define less and greater in the obvious ways, that is, one segment lies
> strictly below the other (right endpoint of lesser is less than left
> endpoint of larger). Let us further define two intervals to be equal
> whenever they have nonempty intersection.
> With these definitions, which I think are sensible, the behavior you
> describe above is consistent with arithmetic on intervals. As the
> numbers involved, at least some of them, are fuzzballs, this strikes me
> as an appropriate behavior.
> Daniel Lichtblau
> Wolfram Research

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