Forum: Ruby Re: greatest float smaller than 1.0?

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unknown (Guest)
on 2006-05-18 02:11
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If you look into some numerics book , like the one by Stoer and
they introduce a convention of an epsilon as the smallest positive
that a computer can store.
This is of course machine/implementation dependent. I have tried to
whether there is a common Ruby definition - but I didn't find  anything,
maybe because Ruby introduces BigFloats along the way automatically.
In any case, this epsilon will be a power of 2.
On my machine, Float::EPSILON is 2**(-52).

(Just type in


at irb).

Your computer can only represent integer multiples of that number as
floats, so there are all sorts of rounding errors  in  arithmetic - see
and Burlisch
or _
(  .

Best regards,

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