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Activity on arrow network and block chart

I have to figure this out : ...
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How to calculate floating point numbers?

Here are two locations in small memory: 0110 | 1111 1110 1101 0011 0111 | 0000 0110 1101 1001 Interpret locations 6 and 7 as an IEEE floating point number. ...
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Not clear on what we mean with numbers with infinite digits

I am confused on a rather simplistic question. 1/3 = 0.333333333333 to infinity. So it has infinite digits. How is it possible to multiply such a number with another one and get a finite number? 6/3 = ...
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How to interpret fractional number of bits of precision

In double-precision floating-point format there're effective $53$ bits of mantissa stored. This lets us estimate maximum number of decimal digits of precision available: ...
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Accurate floating-point linear interpolation

I want to perform a simple linear interpolation between $A$ and $B$ (which are binary floating-point values) using floating-point math with IEEE-754 rounding rules, as accurately as possible. Please ...
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Converting 16bit float to Base10 and vice versa

Hi! I have some difficulties understanding how I'm supposed to calculate this 16bit float to base10. This is something that is coming up on a test so I would be pleased to learn how this is supposed ...
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What is the most significant digit?

What is the most significant digit of $$0.00234$$ I have a problem of figuring out where it is $0$ or $2$.
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Overflow and underflow of a probability value

I am evaluating the probability that the minimum of a process is a above a a barrier $\log(H)$. The probability is given by $$P_i=1-\exp\left(-2\frac{(\log(H)-x)(\log(H)-x_b)}{\tau\sigma^2}\right).$$ ...
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Given the normalised floating point number system, calculate smallest possible value of y - x

First I present the problem and then my workings and thoughts: Given the normalized floating point number system $(\beta, t, L, U) = (10, 7, -6, 4)$ where $\beta$ is the base and $t$ is the ...
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Is this approach for testing orthogonality/parallelity of vectors wrong as I think?

In a math book four methods are written for testing parallelity/orthogonality of two vectors that are(notice $\vec v$ and $\vec w$ are approximations of vectors and we have x,y and z components of ...
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testing parallelity/perpendicularity of two 3D vectors with lengths close to zero using dot product

as u know dot product and vector norm(euclidean) definitions are as following: $ \vec v . \vec w = \left\lVert \vec v \right\rVert \times \left\lVert \vec w \right\rVert \times \cos\theta = (v_x ...
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Question about making a custom 'formula'

I am working on some program for myself, and I am stuck on one thing, which I am not sure how to make exactly, I do know how to calculate it manually on paper, but I don't know any kind of formula or ...
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Checking if the Hessian is the derivative of the gradient

Suppose $f: \Bbb R^n \to \Bbb R$. I have a code that computes the gradient of $f$. I have another code that computes the Hessian of $f$ times a vector. Now I want to check if they are correct. ...
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Find point in 3D plane

I have four points in a 3D space, example: $$(0,0,1),\ (1,0,1),\ (1,0,2)\ \mbox{and}\ (0,0,2).$$ Then I have a 2D position on that square plane: $$x = 0.5,\ y = 0.5.$$ I need to find out the 3D ...
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binary and floating point representation

suppose that we have following binary digits $00011001.110 $,we can do following thing $00011001.110=1\cdot2^4+1\cdot2^3+1\cdot2^0+1\cdot2^{-1}+1\cdot2^{-2}=25.75$ then what does means? We then ...
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Comparison between float point numbers

How can I demostrate that given two numbers A and B, if A <= B, then fl(A) <= fl(B). fl(A) is the float point representation of A. Which is equal to A(1+x), and |x| <= the machine epsilon ...
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Prove that in any base the number of digits composing the repetitive mantissa of the reciprocal of a prime $p$ never exceeds $p-1$.

I was trying to find bases where the reciprocals of primes have a short repetitive mantissa. Here is what I found: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img835/7738/c7gb.png The bases are on the left. The ...
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Using rgb triplets in “scalar” math

So I'm reading a computer graphics research paper and I'm confused as to how to interpret certain formulas that are being used. In the paper, a value σ is defined as an RGB triplet. Later on, that ...
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How to compute the sine of a complex number in floating-point arithmetic?

What is the most efficient way to numerically compute the sine of a complex number? Suppose I want to calculate the sine of a complex number a + bi on a computer. Suppose that a and b are both ...
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Floating Point Number System

I really have no idea of how to do these questions - in fact I have no idea of how to do any question in the paper - but I have tried to figure out what's going on in the course called Computational ...
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Why is this number the smallest positive normalised binary value?

In the AQA A2 Computing textbook (Bond and Langfield, 2009), they say that this number is the smallest positive normalised value, given a 10 bit mantissa and a 6 bit exponent: ...
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Heuristics for sequence convergence

Having a finite sequence of double precision floating point numbers (obtained using the fixed point iteration of a function), is there any algorithm which can be used to determine that this sequence ...
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Identity for fractional summation

I would like to know if there's an identity to represent the following summation $\sum_{i=0}^{n}\frac{x_i}{y_i}$ Where x and y are non integer values. The result of this is being calculated using ...
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Max value - Mantissa calculation clarification?

I've been reading this article about floating point representation floating point representation is : Where mantissa is : All understood. But they also say : How did they get to ...
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How many bits of difference in a relative error?

I would like to know if there is a formula or any other way to find out how many bits of difference between two values given the relative error. For instance: $$\epsilon_{\text{rel}} = \frac{V - ...
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Math and Taxes - Items versus Sum Total differs

First, The question is a bit confusing as I am not really sure how to word this problem as a question. The math problem I encountered which is a bit of an anomaly is this : Suppose you are ...
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A general method to efficiently calculate the floor of an element of $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{2}]$

I had to decide whether to post this question here on the Mathematics Stack Exchange or on Stack Overflow, but I decided that the question was essentially a mathematical one despite being inspired by ...
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Converting base2 scientific notation to base10 scientific notation

I would now like to know how to convert a value in base2 scientific notation (is that the correct terminology?), say 1.93 * 2 ^ 88, into the form of A * 10 ^ B. I want to do this without expressing ...
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What is the result of the calculation: $8.375 - 0.375-0.875$?

Given the base $\beta=2$ (binary) and $t=4$ digits to represent the number in computer with hidden bit representation and symmetric rounding, what is the result of the calculation in floating point ...
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Range of number systems [closed]

I don't understand how to get the fraction part. This is what I came up with for the integer part. A) For 12 bit unsigned = 0 to 4095 B) For 12 bit signed = -2048 to 2047 C) For 12 bit in 2's ...
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What makes a floating point number finite?

We started studying about the binary floating point system, and talked mainly about the limitations when trying to represent fractions on computer systems, and how mostly what we get when manipulating ...
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Representing $-2.5$ as a floating point number

I am trying to understand the following: For example the number $-2.5 = -1*1.25*2^1$ is strored as: $S = 1$, Exponent $= 1+127 = 128$, Mantissa = $0.25 $ This got me. How do you connect all ...
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Biased form with hidden bit

A computer stores a number of 16 bits word using floating-point arrangement. Given that the first bit is reserved for the sign and followed by 6 bits for the exponent using biased form. The remaining ...
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Check if a point is on a plane? (Minimize the use of multiplications and divisions)

In $\mathbb R3$, given a plane $\mathcal P$ defined by three 3D points points $v_0, v_1, v_2$, I want to check if another point $p$ belongs to that plane, while avoiding the use of multiplications and ...
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Data Representation Question

A computer stores a number of $16$ bits word using floating-point arrangement. Given that the first bit is reserved for the sign and followed by $6$ bits for the exponent using biased form. The ...
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Division of large numbers

Euclidean Algorithm Versus Horner Algorithm. I have come across this problem and I do not manage to find a good example for it. For all the numbers I pick there is no loss. Give an example of a ...
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IEEE-754 64-bit representation of any number between -1 and +1 [closed]

In 64-bit IEEE 754 format, a 64-bit number is represented using 1 bit for the sign bit, 11 bits for the exponent width, and 52 bits for the fraction precision. How many bits is used to represent ...
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Problem in deriving distribution of the product of two floating point numbers

I'm studying the Hamming's article "On the Distribution of Numbers", but i'm confused in the way he obtain the (cumulative) distribution of the product of two floating point numbers. Maybe it's only ...
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How to compute the output of floating numbers? [closed]

Is it possible to "prove" that the following program outputs "1.73472e-17" ...
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Quadratic Root Equation Error

Suppose a machine with the floating-point system $\beta = 10$, $p = 8$, $L = -50$, and $U = 50$ is used to calculate the roots of a quadratic equation $ax^2 + bx + c = 0$, where $a$, $b$, and $c$ ...
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How to find the ratio of two numbers written in scientific notation, such as $ 2.69 \cdot 10^{-8} $ and $ 2.23 \cdot 10^{-7} $?

The numbers are forces and he wants us to put them in a ratio in order to compare them, but I'm really bad at ratios so. $ 2.69 \cdot 10^{-8} $ Newtons is obviously smaller than $ 2.23 \cdot 10^{-7} ...
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Backward stable algorithm

Assume we have fixed unitary matrices $Q_1, \dots, Q_k \in \mathbb{C}^{m,m}$ and a matrix $A \in \mathbb{C}^{m,n}$ which can be perturbed. How can we proof that the algorithm on computing the product ...
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Why does the google calculator give tan 90 degrees = 1.6331779e+16?

I typed in tan 90 degrees in google and it gave 1.6331779e+16. How did it come to this answer? Limits? Some magic?
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Need help for a beginner to floating-point arithmetic

I have this question that I need to complete and I literally have zero idea on what to do. I basically need someone to talk me through it and will appreciate all the help I can get. The question ...
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How to identify whether a fractional part of a number contains more that 2 digits.

EX. I want to accept numbers which have maximum of 2 digits after decimal points. i, e, 10.23 should be allowed and 10.233 should not be allowed. What mathematical operations can be done to ...
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Complex formula that is equivalent to $f(x) = x$

In a computer you can't store any real number that you want to because in the $[0.0;1.0]$ interval there are infinite numbers and computer memory is finite. I want to show it in examples, which is why ...
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Accurate computation of $\exp(a x^2) Q(x)$ for big values of $x$?

I was wondering how one can accurately compute the value of $\exp(a x^2) Q(b x)$ for large values of $$x \left(Q(x) \triangleq \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int_x^{\infty} e^{-\frac{u^2}{2}} du \right)?.$$ ...
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How quickly can one compare exp(m/n) to a given rational?

For positive integers $\hspace{.06 in}m_{\hspace{.02 in}0}\hspace{.02 in},n_0\hspace{.02 in},m_1,n_1\:$, $\;$ how difficult is it to decide whether $$\exp\left(\hspace{-0.03 in}\frac{m_{\hspace{.02 ...
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Multiplication of floating numbers to a modulus

As we all know, the integers follow the following identity : $$(A\cdot B\cdot C) \bmod M = ((A\cdot B) \bmod M\cdot C) \bmod M$$ But it does not work for real numbers having fractional part. For ...
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Accurate computation of KL divergence between binary RVs

I was wondering how one can compute the KL Divergence between two binary distributions (say, with parameters $p$ and $q$ and assume $p < \frac12$ and $q < \frac12$ for simplicity) accurately. ...