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From: Paul Moore (gustav_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-05-13 11:06:23

Daryle Walker <darylew_at_[hidden]> writes:

> Could/should we have a version of the "div" function defined for rational
> numbers? This would provide a dividend and remainder. (You can't use
> operator% because operator/ gives an exact answer, not an integer cutoff.)

I'm not sure what you'd get. As operator/ on rationals gives an exact
answer, operator% is always zero. So div(r1,r2) is (r1/r2, 0). No, you
can't mean that...

So I assume you're after q and r from the equation

    r1 = r2 * q + r

where q and r are of type T and q > 0...

That's possible, but (a) you could write it yourself, (b) I'm not sure
what the use of such a function would be on rationals, and (c) as
evidenced by the fact that your description wasn't 100% clear to me,
it's not obvious (to a casual viewer) what such a function would do.

So my instinct is not to include this.

> The function could be something like:
[code omitted]

OK, that looks simple enough. (You can view that comment as meaning
"so I could add it easily", or "so you can write it yourself if you
need it" :-))

But if someone came up with concerns about edge cases, I don't feel
confident to comment. For example, how does it behave at the limits of
the precision of rational<T>? Is that what real users would want? Can
it suffer catastrophic loss of precision?

It took a lot of help from people more competent than me before the
issues in operator+= were teased out. I don't want the same to happen
with something like this.

So overall, I go with my instinct...


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