[Haskell-cafe] Why 'round' does not just round numbers ?
lennart at augustsson.net
Mon Oct 27 09:24:03 EDT 2008
It is certainly what I learnt in school. But that was another school.
On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 12:15 PM, Janis Voigtlaender
<voigt at tcs.inf.tu-dresden.de> wrote:
> Henning Thielemann wrote:
>> On Mon, 27 Oct 2008, L.Guo wrote:
>>> I think this is unresonable. then try it in GHC 6.8.3.
>>> Prelude> round 3.5
>>> Prelude> round 2.5
>>> Is there any explanation about that ?
>> It's the definition we learnt in school ...
> Hmm, Henning, this is strange. The two of us went to the very same
> school, but I know for a fact that I learnt 2.5 to round to 3, not 2 as
> above. ;-)
>> I think one reason is that repeated rounding should not be worse than
>> rounding in one go. Consider the rule 'use ceiling when the first removed
>> digit is 5'. Then
>> 0.45 - (round to one place) -> 0.5 - (round to integer) -> 1
>> 0.45 - (round to integer) -> 0
> 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.
> Ciao, Janis.
> Dr. Janis Voigtlaender
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