[Haskell-cafe] 16 bit floating point data in Haskell?

Henning Thielemann lemming at henning-thielemann.de
Mon Sep 28 17:40:59 EDT 2009

On Sun, 27 Sep 2009, Olex P wrote:

> Hi guys,
> Do we have anything like half precision floats in Haskell? Maybe in some non standard
> libraries? Or I have to use FFI + OpenEXR library to achieve this?

If you only want to save storage, you may define

newtype Float16 = Float16 Int16

and write Num, Fractional and Floating instances that convert operands to 
Float, perform operations on Float and put the results back to Int16. By 
some fusion you may save conversions, but you would also get different 
results due to higher precision.

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