FloatingPointRepresentation

One way would be to input the decimal string 01

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Unformatted text preview: uld be to input the decimal string 0.1 directly, either in the program itself or in the input to the program. The compiler or interpreter then calls a standard input-handling procedure which generates machine instructions to 15 convert the decimal string to its binary representation and store the correctly rounded result in memory or a register. Alternatively, the integers 1 and 10 might be input to the program and the ratio 1/10 generated by a division operation. In this case too, the input-handling program must be called to read the integer strings 1 and 10 and convert them to binary representation. Either integer or oating point format might be used for storing these values in memory, depending on the type of the variables used in the program, but these values must be converted to oating point format before the division operation computes the ratio 1/10 and stores the nal oating point result. From the point of view of the underlying hardware, there are relatively few operations which can be done on oating point numbers. These inclu...
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2014 for the course MATH 4800 taught by Professor Lie during the Spring '09 term at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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