[PD] [OT] "processing" application

David Powers cyborgk at gmail.com
Fri Oct 13 22:13:40 CEST 2006

When working with computers, I think you'd also want to point out that
a 'float' has some amount of precision, and that this is related to
how many bits of memory the computer uses to store the number. I
believe it would be correct to say a float is a finite decimal
approximation of some number which could be a rational, or irrational,
real number. Anyway, knowing that the number is a decimal
approximation might be important from time to time in multimedia


On 10/13/06, martin.peach at sympatico.ca <martin.peach at sympatico.ca> wrote:
> >
> > What the hell is a 'float' anyway? Can the definition
> > be summed up in a concise paragraph in laymen
> > terminology rather that computer/math academically
> > wrapped lingo?
> How about "a number with a decimal point in it"?
> And an int(= integer) is a number without a decimal point...
> Martin
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