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Re: operation of 'round' function

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: operation of 'round' function
Date: 08 Feb 2002 11:35:28 +0100

"Eli Zaretskii" <address@hidden> writes:

> > From: David Kastrup <address@hidden>
> > Newsgroups: gnu.emacs.bug
> > Date: 07 Feb 2002 17:13:16 +0100
> > 
> > So the doc string should be amended to read
> > "Return the nearest integer to ARG.  In case ARG lies equally close to
> > the next and previous integer"
> > and then we'd need the proper statement, something like
> > a) "the behaviour depends on the floating point implementation of the
> > underlying machine Emacs is running on"
> > b) "the next even integer is chosen in compliance with IEEE
> > arithmetic"
> > c) "Emacs consults the variable rounding-direction which
> > can take on the values 't, 'nil or 'randomly meaning..."
> Thanks for the suggestions.  The correct interpretation is a).  I
> fixed the doc string by borrowing what the ELisp reference already
> says:
>     Rounding a value equidistant between two integers may choose the
>     integer closer to zero, or it may prefer an even integer, depending on
>     your machine.  For example, \(round 2.5\) can return 3 on some
>     systems, but 3 on others.

You mean, it can return 3 on some systems and 2 on others.  Apart from
which almost *no* machine will choose the integer *closer* to zero
when rounding.  Those machines not rounding to even will round *away*
from zero in almost all cases.

> The Emacs primitive simply calls `rint', which works according to the
> current rounding mode.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum
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