Why decimal?

Christian Plesner Hansen christian.plesner.hansen at gmail.com
Wed Jun 24 03:10:58 PDT 2009


>> That's true at very extreme margins only! Decimal does not fail to round
>> power-of-five products so badly, and I think you know this.
>
> I know, and just after what you quoted I said "unless we know we'll
> stay in base 10".  It's a fact that if you venture outside of base 10
> you'll get more accurate results using k-bit binary than k-bit
> decimal.

Just to avoid confusion: when I say base 10 I mean numbers like 0.1
and 1343.41 as opposed to 1/3 and pi.


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