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Can you trust your computer? (digital arithmetic)

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K. Kalbasi ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Kansas Univ., Lawrence, KS, USA

Floating-point numbers are explained, and rounding, chopping, overflow, and underflow are discussed. The resulting errors are examined. An example is given to show the implications of roundoff in a very common type of calculation. Machine constants, error propagation and analysis, and some new ideas for computer arithmetic are considered.<>

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IEEE Potentials  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 2 )