[Haskell-cafe] Why 'round' does not just round numbers ?
voigt at tcs.inf.tu-dresden.de
Mon Oct 27 06:30:36 EDT 2008
Felipe Lessa wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 8:15 AM, Janis Voigtlaender
> <voigt at tcs.inf.tu-dresden.de> wrote:
>>That is of course true (and was the topic of heated discussion with my
>>fourth grade math teacher), but does not explain 2.5 -> 2.
> If you round to odd instead of round to even, then 4.5 rounds to 5,
Well, of course I did not learn to round to odd. I learned to round .5
to above, but not to do repeated rounding.
So we would never have either of
> 2.45 -> 2.4 -> 2
> 2.45 -> 2.5 -> 3
as you suggest.
Instead, always in one go:
2.45 -> 2
Because of the 4, whereas any digit following it would be ignored:
2.4x -> x
In fact, by your explanation, you would have:
3.46 -> 3.5 -> 4
Which is most odd. 3.46 is definitely closer to 3 than to 4.
Dr. Janis Voigtlaender
mailto:voigt at tcs.inf.tu-dresden.de
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