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Re: inexactness vs. exactness
On Aug 7, 2005, at 10:34 PM, Bradley Lucier wrote:
On Aug 7, 2005, at 12:21 PM, Aubrey Jaffer wrote:
There is a third way: report a violation of an implementation
restriction when trying to return numbers with more than, say, 16000
bits. Practical calculation on numbers larger than that would need
FFT multiplication and other number-theoretic algorithms, which is a
lot of hair to support execution of simple programming errors.
If you're saying that any computations that need more than 16,000
bits, then I'd point you to computational number theorists and others
who use much bigger numbers. It would be good if these problems could
be done practically in Scheme.
Sorry, that should be "that any computations that need more than 16,000
bits are simple programming errors, ..."