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Re: [Axiom-developer] Re: [Maxima] strange behaviour with simple decimal
Re: [Axiom-developer] Re: [Maxima] strange behaviour with simple decimals / Axiom
Wed, 11 Apr 2007 19:56:25 -0700 (PDT)
--- Bill Page <address@hidden> wrote:
> What's his point?
Heh - there's a discussion on the Maxima list about expected behavior
of numerical operations - Jay is discussing whether it would make more
sense to work some calculations in base 10, since things like
1.96 - 1.4^2 = 2.2204460492503131E-16
are not intuitive to some audiences - exactly 0 would be the expected
response. (Personally, I can see his point.) Axiom came up when the
topic got to comparative behavior of CASs and calculators. I don't
think there is a criticism of Axiom involved as such, the discussion is
more general than that.
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