# [PD] number to fractions external?

Claude Heiland-Allen claude at goto10.org
Fri Dec 16 11:49:18 CET 2011

```On 16/12/11 06:51, i go bananas wrote:
> by the way, here is the method i used:
>
> first, convert the decimal part to a fraction in the form of n/100000
> next, find the highest common factor of n and 100000
> (using the 'division method' like this:
> http://easycalculation.com/what-is-hcf.php )
>
> then just divide n and 100000 by that factor.

I don't think that method will give happy results for most simple
fractions.  Plus it's useful to get approximations that are simpler or
more accurate, like 3 or 22/7 or 355/113 for pi..

Your patch doesn't work very well for me:

input: 1/7
fraction: 2857/20000
input: 8/9
fraction: 11111/12500
input: 7/11
fraction: 15909/25000
input: 11/17
fraction: 4313.67/6666.67

(input is "\$1 \$2"--[/], so as accurate as floating point is...)

> actually, that means it's accurate to 6 decimal places, i guess.

There's a way to get a "simple" fraction like 1/7 instead of 143/1000 or
whatever, could be possible to implement in Pd?  (I've not tried.)

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