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## Re: rational numbers only

 From: Geraint Paul Bevan Subject: Re: rational numbers only Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 11:43:19 +0000 User-agent: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.7 (X11/20051013)

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Jorge Barros de Abreu wrote:

> ans = 3.5000
>
> but i will like that the answer was:
>
> ans = 7/2
>
> the desired answer is 7/2, not 3.5.

The 'rat' command will find a rational approximation to a number:

octave> [n,d] = rat(1+0.5+1/3+5/3); [num2str(n), '/', num2str(d)]
ans = 7/2

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Geraint Bevan
http://www.mech.gla.ac.uk
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