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From: Sylvain Pion (pion_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-09-05 20:54:54

On Thu, Sep 05, 2002 at 09:40:43PM -0400, David Abrahams wrote:
> > So it would be for applications that don't care about the actual order in
> > the container. It means it would just use the set/map as a dictionnary,
> > like a hash table for example, just to test if an element is there or not,
> > i.e. where the traversal order of the container does not matter to the
> > application.
> >
> > BUT, (that's what David Abrahams already noted, if I understood him
> > correctly)
> I didn't say the preceding, though I would agree with it. I definitely didn't
> say the following, and have no opinion on whether it's true...
> > the should be a high similarity between std::set<interval<double> > and
> > std::set<double>. They should behave roughly the same, at least when the
> > intervals don't overlap.
> ...though it sounds plausible.

I'm sorry for the misinterpretation. In any case, at least I thought it.

But you said :

> There's also the argument that exact comparison of floating point numbers
> is usually a waste of time due to rounding errors, so the application for
> map keys may not be a compelling one.
I wasn't sure what you meant, so that was my interpretation.
Could you clarify what you meant here, in what does it differ from my
interpretation ?


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