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Subject: Re: [boost] Determining interest: Pure imaginary number library
From: Matthieu Schaller (matthieu.schaller_at_[hidden])
Date: 20111119 14:23:38
Comparing imaginary and reals seems confusing to me
>>>
>> ///Returns true if x equals y
>>> template<typename T>
>>> inline bool operator==(const Imaginary<T>& x, const T& y);
>>> template<typename T>
>>> inline bool operator==(const T& x, const Imaginary<T>& y);
>>>
>>>
>> The SL offers comparison between std::complex<T> and T which only compare
>> the real part of the complex number and verifies that its imaginary part
>> is
>> zero. I do the same here: I compare the imaginary part of both arguments
>> and verify that the real part of the complex is zero.
>>
>
> Ummm, yes but an imaginary is not a real, and the comparison works only
> when both are 0. Is this really useful?
Sorry. I misread your comment. These operators return true only if x==0 and
y==0. So, you are right, not very useful. They are just here for the sake
of completeness. The same is true for the operator != which almost always
return true.
What about defining a boost::complex<> class that behaves like the proposed
> one.
This could be done. But in my opinion, there isn't any other optimisation
available. The only point in doing so would be to allow for these
operators.
The very nature of complex numbers does not allow compiletime
optimisations like what can be done for matrices.
bests,
Matthieu
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