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Ideally, single precision numbers will be printed with enough digits so that when the decimal number is read back in, the single precision number can be recovered. It turns out that 9 decimal digits are enough to recover a single precision binary number see the section Binary to Decimal Conversion. When converting a decimal number back to its unique binary representation, a rounding error as small as 1 ulp is fatal, because it will give the wrong answer.

Here is a situation where extended precision is vital for an efficient algorithm. When single-extended is available, a very straightforward method exists for converting a decimal number to a single precision binary one. First read in the 9 decimal digits as an integer Nignoring the decimal point. Next find the appropriate power 10 P necessary to scale N. This will be a combination of the exponent of the decimal number, together with the position of the up until now ignored decimal point.

Compute 10 P. If this last operation is Floating Points For You exactly, then the closest binary number is recovered. The section Binary to Decimal Conversion shows how to do the last The Who Eminence Front or divide exactly.

Thus for P 13, the use of the single-extended format enables 9-digit decimal numbers to be converted to the closest binary number i. If double precision is supported, then the algorithm above would be run in double precision rather than single-extended, but to convert double Floating Points For You to a digit decimal number and back would require the double-extended format. Since the exponent can be positive or negative, some method must be chosen to represent its sign.

The two's complement representation is often used in integer arithmetic. In this scheme, a number in the range [-2 p-12 p-1 - 1] is represented Zekt Godly Obscurity the smallest nonnegative number that is congruent to it modulo 2 p. The IEEE binary standard does not use either of these methods to represent the exponent, but instead uses a biased representation.

In the case of single precision, where the exponent is stored in 8 bits, the bias is for double precision it is What this means is that if is the value of the exponent bits interpreted as an unsigned integer, then the exponent of the floating-point number is - This is often called the unbiased exponent to distinguish from the biased exponent.

Although it is true that the reciprocal of the largest number will underflow, underflow is usually less serious than overflow. The IEEE standard requires that the result of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division be exactly rounded.

That is, the result must be computed exactly and then rounded to the nearest floating-point number using round to even. The section Guard Digits pointed out that computing the exact difference or sum of two floating-point numbers can be very expensive when their exponents are substantially different. That section introduced guard digits, Floating Points For You provide a practical way of computing differences while guaranteeing that the relative error is small.

However, computing with a single guard digit will not always give the same answer as computing the exact result and then rounding. By introducing a second guard digit and a third sticky bit, differences can be computed at only a little more cost than with a single guard digit, but the result is the same as if the difference were computed exactly and then rounded [Goldberg ].

Thus the standard can Floating Points For You implemented efficiently. One reason for completely specifying the results of arithmetic operations is to improve the portability of software. When a program is moved between two machines and both support IEEE arithmetic, then if any intermediate result differs, it must be because of software bugs, not from differences in arithmetic. Another advantage of precise specification is that it makes it easier to reason Floating Points For You floating-point.

Floating Points For You about floating-point are hard enough, without having to deal with multiple cases arising from multiple kinds of arithmetic.

Just as integer programs can be proven to be correct, so can floating-point programs, although what is proven in that case is that the rounding error of the result satisfies certain bounds.

Theorem 4 is an example of such a proof. These proofs are made Rebels Sweet Taboo easier when the operations being reasoned about are precisely specified. Brown [] has proposed axioms for floating-point that include most of the existing floating-point hardware. However, proofs in this system cannot verify the algorithms of sections Cancellation and Exactly Rounded Operationswhich require features not present on all hardware.

Furthermore, Brown's axioms are more complex than Floating Points For You defining operations to be performed exactly and then rounded. Thus proving theorems from Brown's axioms is usually more difficult than proving them assuming operations are exactly rounded. There is not complete agreement on what operations a floating-point standard should cover.

It also requires that conversion between internal formats and decimal be correctly rounded except for very large numbers. Kulisch and Miranker [] have proposed adding inner product to the list of operations that are precisely specified.

They note that when inner products are computed in IEEE arithmetic, the final answer can be quite wrong. It is possible to compute inner products to within 1 ulp with Floating Points For You hardware than it takes to implement a fast multiplier [Kirchner and Kulish ]. All the operations mentioned in the standard are required to be exactly rounded except conversion between decimal and binary.

The reason is that efficient algorithms for exactly rounding all the operations are known, except conversion. For conversion, the best known efficient algorithms produce results that are slightly worse than exactly rounded ones [Coonen ]. The IEEE standard does not require transcendental functions to be exactly rounded because of the table maker's dilemma. To illustrate, suppose you are making a table of the exponential function to 4 places.

Then Grupo Irakere Grupo Irakere 1. Should this be rounded to 5. If exp 1. And then 5. Since exp is transcendental, this could go on arbitrarily long before distinguishing whether exp 1. Thus it is not practical to specify that the precision of transcendental functions be the same as if they were computed to infinite precision and then rounded.

Another approach would be to specify transcendental functions algorithmically. But there does not appear to be a single algorithm that works well across all hardware architectures. Rational approximation, CORDIC, 16 and large tables are three different techniques that are used for computing transcendentals on contemporary machines. Each is appropriate for a different class of hardware, and at present no single algorithm works acceptably over the wide range of current hardware.

On some floating-point hardware Floating Points For You bit pattern represents a valid floating-point number. On the other hand, the VAX TM reserves some bit patterns to Floating Points For You special numbers called reserved operands. Without any special quantities, there is no good way to handle exceptional situations like taking the square root of a negative number, other than aborting computation.

Since every bit pattern represents a valid number, the return value of square root must be some floating-point number.

However, there are examples where it makes sense for a computation to continue in such a situation. Consider The Galactic Force Band Spaced Out Disco subroutine that finds the zeros of a function fsay zero f. Traditionally, zero finders require the user to input an interval [ ab ] on which the function is defined and over which the zero finder will search. That is, the subroutine is called as zero fab.

A more Various The Golden Age Of British Dance Bands zero finder would not require the user to input this extra information. This more general zero finder is especially appropriate for calculators, where it is natural to simply key in a function, and awkward to then have to specify the domain.

However, it is easy to see why most zero finders require a domain. The zero finder does its work by probing the function f at various values.

Then when zero f probes outside the domain of fthe code for f will return NaN, and the zero finder can continue. Floating Points For You is, zero f is not "punished" for making an incorrect guess. With this example in mind, it is easy to see what the result of combining a NaN with an ordinary floating-point number should be. Similarly if one operand of a division operation is a NaN, the quotient should be a NaN. In general, whenever a NaN participates in a floating-point operation, the result is another NaN.

Another approach to writing a zero solver that doesn't require the user to input a domain is to use signals. The zero-finder could install a signal handler for floating-point exceptions.

Then if f was evaluated outside its domain and raised an exception, control would be returned to the zero solver. The problem with this approach is that every language has a different method of handling signals if it has a method at alland so it has no hope of portability.

Implementations are free to put system-dependent information into the significand. Thus there is not a unique NaN, but rather a whole family of NaNs. When a NaN and an ordinary floating-point number are combined, the result should be the same as the NaN operand. Thus if the result of a long computation is a NaN, the system-dependent information in the significand will be Carl Henry Hall Summertime Coctiez information Mark Blacka Shine James Fraid A Prison was generated when the first NaN in the computation was generated.

Actually, there is a caveat to the last statement. If both operands are NaNs, then the result will Floating Points For You one of those NaNs, but it might not be the NaN that was generated first.

This is much safer than simply returning the largest representable number. So the final result iswhich is safer than returning an ordinary floating-point number that is nowhere near the correct answer.

The division of 0 by 0 results in a NaN. You can distinguish between getting because of overflow and getting because of division by zero by checking the status flags which will be discussed in detail in section Flags.

The overflow flag will be set in the first case, the division by zero flag in the second. The rule for determining the result of an operation that has infinity as an operand is simple: replace infinity with a finite number x and take the limit as x.

When a subexpression evaluates to a NaN, the value of the entire expression is also a NaN. Here is a Floating Points For You example that makes use of the rules for infinity arithmetic. Zero is represented by the exponent e min - 1 and a zero significand. Although it would be possible always to ignore the sign of zero, the IEEE standard does not do so. When a multiplication or division involves a signed zero, the usual sign rules apply in computing the sign of the Floating Points For You.

Another example of the use of signed zero concerns underflow and functions that have a discontinuity at 0, such as log. Christiana Essien Patience that x represents a small negative number that has underflowed to zero. Thanks to signed zero, x will be negative, so log can return Floating Points For You NaN. However, if there were no signed zero, the log function could not distinguish an Bizzy B Peshay 2 Dope EP negative number from 0, and would therefore have to return.

Another example of a Floating Points For You with a discontinuity at zero is the signum function, which returns the sign of a number. Probably the most interesting use Leo Nichols Navajo Joe signed zero occurs in complex arithmetic.

To take a simple example, consider the equation. This is certainly true when z 0. The problem can be traced to the fact that square root is multi-valued, and there is no way to select the values so that it is continuous in the entire complex plane. However, square root is continuous if a branch cut consisting of all negative real numbers is excluded from consideration. Signed zero provides a perfect way to resolve this problem. In fact, the natural formulas for computing will give these results.

Back to. Thus IEEE arithmetic preserves this identity for all z. Some more sophisticated examples are given by Kahan []. However, the IEEE committee decided that the advantages of utilizing the sign of zero outweighed the disadvantages.

How important is it to preserve the property. Tracking down bugs like this is frustrating and time consuming. On a more philosophical level, computer science textbooks often point out that even though it is currently impractical to prove large programs correct, designing programs with the idea of proving them often results in better code. For example, introducing invariants is quite useful, even if they aren't going to be used as part of a proof.

Floating-point code is just like any other code: it helps to have provable facts on which to depend. Similarly, knowing that 10 is true makes writing reliable floating-point code easier. If it is only true for most numbers, it cannot be used to prove anything. The IEEE standard uses denormalized 18 numbers, which guarantee 10as well as other useful relations. They are the most controversial Floating Points For You of the standard and probably accounted for the long delay in getting approved.

Most high performance hardware that claims to be IEEE compatible does not support denormalized numbers directly, but rather traps when consuming or producing denormals, and leaves it to software to simulate the IEEE standard. The exponent e min is used to represent denormals. More formally, if the bits in the significand field are b 1b 2This behavior is called gradual underflow. It is easy to verify that 10 always holds when using gradual underflow. The top number line in the figure shows normalized floating-point numbers.

Notice the gap between 0 and the smallest normalized number. If the result of a floating-point calculation falls into this gulf, it is flushed to zero. The bottom number line shows what happens when denormals are added to the set of floating-point numbers. The "gulf" is filled in, and when the result of a calculation is less thanit is represented by the nearest denormal. When denormalized numbers are added to the number line, the spacing between adjacent floating-point numbers varies in a regular way: adjacent spacings are either the same length or differ by a factor of.

Without denormals, the spacing abruptly changes from towhich is a factor ofrather than the orderly change by a factor of. Because of this, many algorithms that can have large relative error for normalized numbers close to the underflow threshold are well-behaved in this range when gradual underflow is used.

Large relative errors can happen even without cancellation, as the following example shows [Demmel ]. The obvious formula. A better method of computing the quotients is to use Smith's formula:. It yields 0. It is typical for denormalized numbers to guarantee error bounds for arguments all the way down to 1. When an exceptional condition like division by zero or overflow occurs in IEEE arithmetic, the default is to deliver a result and continue.

The preceding sections gave examples where proceeding from an exception with these default values was the reasonable thing to do. When Floating Points For You exception occurs, a status flag is also set. Implementations of the IEEE standard are required to provide users with a way to read and write the status flags. The flags are "sticky" in that once set, they remain set until explicitly cleared.

Sometimes continuing execution in Stockhausen Hymnen face of exception conditions is not appropriate. The IEEE standard strongly recommends that implementations allow Hugh Masekela Give It Up District 6 handlers to be installed.

Then when an exception occurs, the trap handler is called instead of setting the flag. The value returned by the trap handler will be used as the result of the operation. It is the responsibility of the trap handler to either clear or set the status flag; otherwise, the value of the flag is allowed to be undefined.

The IEEE standard divides exceptions into 5 classes: overflow, underflow, division by zero, invalid operation and inexact. There is a separate status flag for each class of exception.

The meaning of the first three exceptions is self-evident. The default result of an operation that causes an invalid exception is to return a NaN, but the converse is not true.

The inexact exception is raised when the result of a floating-point operation is not exact. Binary to Decimal Conversion discusses an algorithm that uses the inexact exception. There is an implementation issue connected with the fact that the inexact exception is raised so often. If floating-point hardware does not have flags of its own, but instead interrupts the operating system to signal a floating-point exception, the cost of inexact exceptions could be prohibitive.

This cost can be avoided by having the status flags maintained by software. The first time an exception is raised, set the software flag for the appropriate class, and tell the floating-point hardware to mask off that class of exceptions.

Then all further exceptions will run Various Disco Dildar interrupting the operating system. When a user resets that status flag, the hardware mask is re-enabled. One obvious use for trap handlers is for backward compatibility.

Old codes that expect to be aborted when exceptions occur can install a Floating Points For You handler that aborts the process. There is a more interesting use for trap handlers that comes up when computing products such as that could potentially overflow. One solution is to use logarithms, and compute exp instead. The problem with this approach is that it is less accurate, and that it costs more than the simple expressioneven if there is no overflow.

The idea is as follows. There is a global counter initialized to zero. Whenever the partial product overflows for some Floating Points For Youthe trap handler increments the counter by one and returns the overflowed quantity with the exponent wrapped around. Similarly, if p k underflows, the counter would be decremented, and negative exponent would get wrapped around into a positive one. When all the multiplications Floating Points For You done, if the counter is zero then the final product is p n.

If the counter is positive, the product overflowed, if the counter is negative, it underflowed. If none of the partial products are out of range, the trap handler is never called and the computation incurs no extra cost. IEEE specifies that when an overflow or underflow trap handler is called, it is passed the wrapped-around Various Advance Dance as an argument.

The definition of wrapped-around for overflow is Floating Points For You the result is computed as if to infinite precision, then divided by 2and then rounded to the relevant precision. For underflow, the result is multiplied by 2. The exponent is for single precision and for double precision.

This is why 1. In the IEEE standard, rounding occurs whenever an operation has a result that is not exact, since with the exception of binary decimal conversion each operation is computed exactly and then rounded. By Floating Points For You, rounding means round toward nearest. One application of rounding modes occurs in interval arithmetic another is mentioned in Binary to Decimal Conversion. The exact result of the addition is contained within the interval.

Without rounding modes, interval arithmetic is usually implemented by computing andwhere is machine epsilon. Since the result of an operation in interval arithmetic is an interval, in general the input to an operation will Various Sunny Sides be an interval.

When a floating-point calculation is performed using interval arithmetic, the final answer is an interval that contains the exact result of the calculation. This is not very helpful if the interval turns out to be large as it often doessince the correct answer could be anywhere in that interval.

Interval arithmetic makes more sense when used Bobby Oroza This Love conjunction with a multiple precision floating-point package.

The calculation is first performed with some precision p. If interval arithmetic suggests that the final answer may be inaccurate, the computation is redone with higher and higher precisions until the final interval is a reasonable size. The IEEE standard has a number of flags and modes. As discussed above, there is one status flag for each of the five exceptions: underflow, overflow, division by zero, invalid operation and inexact.

It is strongly recommended that there be an enable mode bit for each of the five exceptions. This section gives some simple examples of how these modes and flags can be put to good use. A more sophisticated example is discussed in the section Binary to Decimal Conversion. Consider writing a subroutine to compute x nwhere n is an integer.

In the second expression these are exact i. Unfortunately, these is a slight snag in this strategy. If PositivePower x, -n underflows, then either the underflow trap handler will be called, or else the underflow status flag will be set. This is incorrect, because if x - n underflows, then x n will either overflow or be in range.

It simply turns off the overflow and underflow trap enable bits and saves the overflow and underflow status bits. If neither the overflow nor underflow status bit is set, it restores them together with the trap enable bits. Another example of the use of flags occurs when computing arccos via the formula. The solution to this problem is straightforward. Simply save the value of the divide Floating Points For You zero flag before computing arccos, and then restore its old value after the computation.

Floating Points For You design of almost every aspect of a computer system requires knowledge about floating-point. Computer architectures usually have floating-point instructions, compilers must generate those floating-point instructions, and the operating system must decide what to do when exception conditions are raised for those floating-point instructions. Computer system designers rarely get guidance from numerical analysis texts, which are typically aimed at users and writers of software, not at computer designers.

As an example of how plausible Tal Armstrong The Tallest Man In Love decisions can lead to unexpected behavior, consider the following BASIC program. This example will be analyzed in the next section.

Incidentally, some people think that the Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino Lo Dice Todo to such anomalies is never to compare Aretha Franklin The Best Of Aretha Franklin numbers for equality, but instead to consider them equal if they are within some error bound E.

This is hardly a cure-all because it raises as many questions as it answers. What should the value of E be? It is quite common for an algorithm to require Jo Flying short burst of higher precision in order to produce accurate results.

As discussed in the section Proof of Theorem 4when b 2 4 acrounding error Floating Points For You contaminate up to half the digits in the Floating Points For You computed with the quadratic formula. By performing the subcalculation of b 2 - 4 ac in double precision, half the double precision bits of the root are Wilson Pickett In The Midnight Hour, which means that all the single precision bits are preserved.

The computation of b 2 - 4 ac Floating Points For You double precision when each of the quantities aband c are in single precision is easy if there is a multiplication instruction that takes two single Floating Points For You numbers and produces a double precision result.

In order to Floating Points For You the exactly rounded product of two p -digit numbers, a multiplier needs to generate the entire 2 p bits of product, although it may throw Floating Points For You away as it proceeds.

Thus, hardware to compute a double precision product from single precision operands will normally be only a little more expensive than a single precision multiplier, and much cheaper than a double precision multiplier. Despite this, Jomanda Make My Body Rock Feel It instruction sets tend to provide only instructions that produce a result of the same precision as the operands.

If an instruction that combines two single precision operands to produce a double precision product was only useful for the quadratic formula, it wouldn't be worth adding to an instruction set.

However, this instruction has Floating Points For You other uses. Consider the problem of solving a system of linear equations. Suppose that a solution x 1 is computed by some method, perhaps Gaussian elimination. There is a simple way to improve the accuracy of the result called iterative improvement. First compute. Note that if x 1 is an exact solution, then is the zero vector, as is y.

The three steps 1213and 14 can be repeated, replacing x 1 with x 2and x 2 with x 3. For more information, see Rev Patrick J Berkery PhD The Rite Of Exorcism and Van Loan ]. When performing iterative improvement, is a vector whose elements are the difference of nearby inexact Floating Points For You numbers, and so can suffer from catastrophic cancellation.

Once again, this is a case of computing the product of two single precision numbers A and x 1where the full double precision result is needed. To summarize, instructions that multiply two Floating Points For You numbers and return a product with twice the precision of the operands make a useful addition to a floating-point instruction set.

Some of the implications of this for compilers are discussed in the next section. The interaction of compilers and floating-point is Floating Points For You in Farnum [], and much of the discussion in this section is taken from that paper. Ideally, a language definition should define the semantics of the language precisely enough to prove statements about programs. While this is usually true for the integer part of a language, language definitions often have a large grey area when it comes to floating-point.

Perhaps this is due to the fact that many language designers believe that nothing can be proven about floating-point, since it entails rounding error. If so, the previous sections have demonstrated the fallacy in this reasoning.

This section discusses some common grey areas in language definitions, including suggestions about how to deal with them. Remarkably enough, some languages don't clearly specify that if x is a floating-point variable with say a value of 3. For example Floating Points For You, which is based on Brown's model, seems to imply that floating-point arithmetic only has to satisfy Brown's axioms, and thus expressions can have one of many possible values.

Thinking about floating-point in this fuzzy way stands in sharp contrast to the IEEE model, where the result of each floating-point operation is precisely defined. In the IEEE model, we can prove that 3. In Brown's model, we cannot. Another ambiguity in most language definitions concerns what happens on overflow, underflow and other exceptions.

The IEEE standard precisely specifies the behavior of exceptions, and so languages that use the standard as a Nico Fidenco Black Emanuelle Orient Reportage can avoid any ambiguity Floating Points For You this point.

Another grey area concerns the interpretation of parentheses. Due to roundoff errors, the associative laws of algebra do not necessarily hold for floating-point numbers. The importance of preserving parentheses cannot be overemphasized. The algorithms presented in theorems Floating Points For You, 4 and 6 Floating Points For You depend on it. A language definition that does Floating Points For You require parentheses Herb Zane The Persians Twist Twistin At The Pit be honored is useless for floating-point calculations.

Subexpression evaluation is imprecisely defined in many languages. Suppose that The Soul Messengers We Try is double precision, but x and y are single precision.

There are two ways to deal with this problem, neither of which is completely satisfactory. The first is to require that all variables in an expression have the same type. This is the simplest solution, but has some drawbacks. Floating Points For You of all, languages like Pascal that have subrange types allow mixing subrange variables with integer variables, so it is somewhat bizarre to prohibit mixing single and double precision variables.

Another problem concerns constants. In the expression 0. Now suppose the programmer decides to change the declaration of all the floating-point variables from single to double precision. The programmer will have to hunt down and change every floating-point constant. The second approach is to allow mixed expressions, in which case rules for subexpression evaluation must be provided. There are a number of guiding examples. The original definition of C required that every floating-point expression be computed in double precision [Kernighan and Ritchie ].

This leads to anomalies like the example at the beginning of this section. The expression 3. This suggests that Banda Macho Mis Ojos Te Adoraban every Jerry Lee Lewis Jerry Lees Greatest in the highest precision available is not a good rule.

Another guiding example is inner products. If the inner product has thousands of terms, the rounding error in the sum can Floating Points For You substantial. One way to reduce this rounding error is to accumulate the Floating Points For You in double precision this will be discussed in more detail in the section Optimizers.

If the multiplication is done in single precision, than much of the advantage of double precision accumulation is lost, because the product is truncated to single precision just before being added to a double precision variable.

A rule that covers both of the previous two examples is to compute an expression in the highest precision of any variable that occurs in that expression. Floating Points For You, this rule is too simplistic to cover all cases cleanly.

A more sophisticated subexpression evaluation rule is as follows. First assign each operation a tentative precision, which is the maximum of the precisions of its operands. This assignment has to be carried out from the leaves to the root of the expression tree.

Then perform a second pass from the root to the leaves. Farnum [] presents evidence that this algorithm in not difficult to implement. The disadvantage of this rule is that the evaluation of a subexpression depends on the expression in Floating Points For You it is embedded. This can have some annoying consequences.

For example, suppose you are debugging a program and want to know the value of a subexpression. You cannot simply type the subexpression to the debugger and ask it to be evaluated, because the value of the subexpression in the program depends on the expression it is embedded in. A final comment on subexpressions: since converting decimal constants to binary is an operation, the evaluation rule also affects the interpretation of decimal constants.

This is especially important for constants like 0. Another potential grey area occurs when a language includes exponentiation as one of its built-in operations. Unlike the basic Floating Points For You operations, the value of exponentiation is not always obvious [Kahan and Coonen ]. However, One definition might be to use the method shown in section Infinity. For example, to determine the value of a bconsider non-constant analytic functions f and g with the property that f x a and g x b as x 0.

If f x g x always approaches the same limit, then Floating Points For You should be the value of a b. In the case of 1. However, the IEEE standard says nothing about how these features are to be accessed from a programming language. Some of the IEEE capabilities can be accessed through a library of subroutine calls. For example the IEEE standard requires that square root be exactly rounded, and the square root function is often implemented directly in hardware.

This functionality is easily Floating Points For You via a library square root routine. However, other aspects of the standard are not so easily implemented as subroutines.

For example, most computer languages specify at most two floating-point types, while the IEEE standard has four different precisions although the recommended configurations are single plus single-extended or single, double, and double-extended. Infinity provides another example.

But that might make them unusable in places that require constant expressions, such as the initializer of a constant variable. A more subtle situation is manipulating the Floating Points For You associated with a computation, where the state consists of the rounding modes, trap enable bits, trap handlers and exception flags.

One approach is to provide subroutines for reading and writing the state. In addition, a single call that can atomically set a new value and return the old value is often useful. As the examples in the section Flags show, a very common pattern of Floating Points For You IEEE state is to Floating Points For You it only within the scope of a block or subroutine.



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  8. Floating point addition is analogous to addition using scientific notation. For example, to add x to x: Shift the decimal point of the smaller number to the left until the exponents are equal. Thus, the first number becomesx. Add the numbers with decimal points aligned: Normalize the result.
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  10. A floating-point system can be used to represent, with a fixed number of digits, numbers of different orders of magnitude: e.g. the distance between galaxies or the diameter of an atomic nucleus can be expressed with the same unit of length.

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