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From: Martin Bonner (martin.bonner_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-06-21 07:59:53

----Original Message----
From: Alisdair Meredith [mailto:alisdair.meredith_at_[hidden]]
Sent: 21 June 2005 12:59
To: boost_at_[hidden]
Subject: Re: [boost] [test] investigating Borland test_fp_comparisons

> Gennadiy Rozental wrote:
>> All of the above should pass, since the algotrithm used:
>> x and y are close iff:
>>> x-y| / |x| < tol/100 and |x-y| / |y| < tol/100
>> Obviosly nothing could be close to zero and rest are failing also.
> In that case I find the algorithm to be confusingly named, as in all
> these cases the test value is 'closer' to zero than the delta. I
> would
> not expect closeness to zero (or any other arbitrary number) to affect
> a general proximity test.

The tolerance is a percentage tolerance, rather than an absolute value.

A percentage tolerance makes sense if you regard 1E-10 as far from 1 as 1 is
from 1E10. If you do, then 0 is infinitely far from any other finite
number. If you don't, then I suggest you are using floating point as an
easy substitute for fixed-point arithmetic (which is what I do).

Martin Bonner
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