Mathematical questions concerning floating point numbers, a finite approximation of the real numbers used in computing.

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Binary to Decimal Floating Point Number

I seem to be having difficulties trying to figure this out: I have a Binary 0101011101010000 and I'm trying to compute the decimal floating point number, in the IEEE-754 format Can somebody help? ...
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How can I add the following 32-bit IEEE floating-point numbers?

How can I add the following two 32-bit IEEE floating-point numbers in binary? FEDCBA98(base 16) + 89ABCDEF(base 16) = a 33-bit binary number. How can this be possible?
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How would you convert the following 32-bit IEEE floating-point to decimal form?

I have got -1.101 1100 1011 1010 1001 1000 * 2^(9) How can I convert this to decimal form?
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Gaps between successive floating point numbers

(all numbers discussed are in decimal) lets say we have a floating point data type that is like : m * 10 ^ e ...
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Floating Point Calculation

Take the polynomial $x^2+(-4*10^3)x+2)$. On the floating point system, b=10, m=4, e=4, if I wanted to find the roots using the quadratic formula what would be the values of the roots? I got 3.999 as ...
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Selecting denominator for relative error margins

When looking at this page: http://floating-point-gui.de/errors/comparison/ there are values a, and b that are being compared ...
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Number Systems and Floating Point Arethmetic

I am confused about the term of finite precision number, is that the same with the floating point number? Moreover, I have a number system: ...
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smallest poisitive integer does not belong in floating point system F

A floating-point number system F is a subset of real numbers whose elements have the form: $x=\pm(m/\beta^t)\beta^e$ base (beta), precision (t), and exponent range (emin and emax). The mantissa m ...
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Convergence and limit of Muller sequence

The Muller sequence is given by the recursive definition: $U(n+1)=111-\frac{1130}{U(n)}+\frac{3000}{U(n)U(n-1)}$ with $U(0)=5.5$ and $U(1)=\frac{61}{11}$. This sequence is interesting in ...
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Entropy of floating number array

I am familiar with shanon's definition of entropy. $$ H(P) = - \sum_{i=1}^n p_i \cdot \log_2(\mathcal p_i) $$ I am today in the situation that I'd like to compute an entropy like function but for a ...
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How to extract fraction from a floating point number

I'm making some tests with float type (floating point number) with programming and in some of my tests I need to extract the fraction that originates the float value. Let $ x $ be a floating point ...
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Different SVD results in Matlab

my question relates to calculating SVD in Matlab. I have been reading a lot and somehow I have jumbled up all the facts. It would be great if you experts could get me to the right track. My task is ...
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Floating point arithmetic: $(x-2)^9$

This is taken from Trefethen and Bau, 13.3. Why is there a difference in accuracy between evaluating near 2 the expression $(x-2)^9$ and this expression: $$x^9 - 18x^8 + 144x^7 -672x^6 + 2016x^5 - ...
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Converting double precision IEEE 754 hex to base 10 with repeating decimals

The number is 0x4001 8CCC CCCC CCCC. So far I have the stored exponent as 1000000000 which equals ...
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Machine Floating Point Theorem

Completely stuck on this floating point question. Let $x \in \mathbb{R}$ have the following floating point representation: $$ x = (-1)^s[0.a_1a_2\dots a_ta_{t+1}\dots]\cdot \beta^e $$ [Where $\beta$ ...
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Finite binary representation of float number

How can I prove that float number $x$ has the finite binary representation if and only if it is written like that: $ x = m / 2^n $, where $m, n \in \mathbb N$. Should I consider something like 3 ...
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What is the maximum difference between two successive real numbers in the given floating point representation?

The following is a scheme for floating point number representation using 16 bits. Sign :- Bit 15 Exponent:-Bit 14-9 Mantissa :- Bit 8-0 Let $s, e,$ and $m$ be the numbers represented in binary in ...
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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 ...