[Haskell-cafe] Mystery of an Eq instance

David Thomas davidleothomas at gmail.com
Sat Sep 21 18:43:44 CEST 2013

Sure.  An interesting, if not terribly relevant, fact is that there are
more irrational numbers that we *can't* represent the above way than that
we can (IIRC).

However, those aren't actually interesting in solving the kinds of problems
we want to solve with a programming language, so it's academic, and
symbolic representation certainly gains you some things and costs you some
things in meaningful engineering kinds of ways.

On Sat, Sep 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM, Brandon Allbery <allbery.b at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Sat, Sep 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM, Bardur Arantsson <spam at scientician.net>wrote:
>> On 2013-09-20 18:31, Brandon Allbery wrote:
>> [--snip--]
>> > unless you have a very clever representation that can store
>> > in terms of some operation like sin(x) or ln(x).)
>> I may just be hallucinating, but I think this is called "describable
>> numbers", i.e. numbers which can described by some (finite) formula.
>> Not sure how useful they would be in practice, though :).
> I was actually reaching toward a more symbolic representation, like what
> Mathematica uses.
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