Thread: Strange result when comparing two doubles

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    Strange result when comparing two doubles

    #include <iostream.h>
    void main(void)
    	double num=0;
    	for(int i=0; i<10; i++)
    		num += 0.1;
    		cout << "Final number is 1";
    		cout << "Huh?";

    Am I doing something really stupid, is my computer about to implode, or is something more subtle going on here?

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    Talking lol

    i found your answer to approximate...

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    > void main(void)
    Get a better book - main returns an int

    1. Regardless of what ANSI may think, main returns whatever you declare it to return.
    2. The reasons for returning an int (DOS and its return codes, shells, and purely sequential execution) are long dead and decomposing in their graves.
    3. I pity the fool who actually compiles and links this snippet, then calls it from within their own console app and expect to return them a magic number.

    It might look like 0.1 when you print it out, but that too is an approximation to its true value (which is approximately 0.1)
    But I checked it on the debugger, and num's exponent/mantissa checks out to exactly one....

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    Salem is correct but here's a link for you to look at that might explain things more in detail.
    If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to see it, do the other trees make fun of it?

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    Thanks, but I'm still confused... But in the article you're dealing with numbers that clearly are distinct, ie their significant figures are different. But here, 1.0 and num have identical digits... as far as I can tell, num = 1.0000000000000 exactly.

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