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Programmer, teacher, reader, writer.


Aug
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comment What is the average of no numbers?
@Supuhstar: Well, it's not particularly good for a bank system to crash, but I would definitely prefer that to it quietly deleting all my money!
Aug
28
comment What is the average of no numbers?
As an engineer and not a mathematician my answer would be that it depends. Is this a program used by a bank to calculate an amount of money, or is it part of a control program in an aircraft? In many (I would say almost all) situations it is much better for the program to print an error message or even crash than to silently give an incorrect or meaningless answer. In other situations it might be better to get any reasonable answer than none.
Aug
28
comment What is the average of no numbers?
One data point: SQL returns NULL, meaning no result, and this is what I would expect from other programs.
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