# Re: [Rd] invalid comparison in numeric sequence (PR#13551)

From: Petr Savicky <savicky_at_cs.cas.cz>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 18:08:25 +0100

> > seq(0,1,0.1)==0.4
> [1] FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE TRUE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE
> > seq(0,1,0.1)==0.6
> [1] FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE
> > seq(0,1,0.1)==0.8
> [1] FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE TRUE FALSE FALSE
>
> What is wrong with 0.6 ??? (TRUE is missing)
> I tried 3 differents computers (2 Ubuntu with R 2.8.1, and one Mac with R 2.8).

If you know that all the numbers in a sequence should have a given decimal precision, then you obtain a better result using round(,digits=...). For example,

x <- round(seq(0,1,0.1), digits=1)
rbind(x == 0.4, x == 0.6, x ==0.8)

produces

[,1] [,2] [,3] [,4] [,5] [,6] [,7] [,8] [,9] [,10] [,11]

```  [1,] FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE  TRUE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE
[2,] FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE  TRUE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE
[3,] FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE  TRUE FALSE FALSE

```

This does not mean, that x[7] is now equal to 0.6, however both x[7] and 0.6 are represented by the same 53-bit floating point number

formatC(x[7], digits=20) # "0.5999999999999999778"   formatC(0.6, digits=20) # "0.5999999999999999778"

Petr.

R-devel_at_r-project.org mailing list
https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-devel Received on Wed 25 Feb 2009 - 16:10:57 GMT

Archive maintained by Robert King, hosted by the discipline of statistics at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Archive generated by hypermail 2.2.0, at Wed 25 Feb 2009 - 19:31:38 GMT.

Mailing list information is available at https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-devel. Please read the posting guide before posting to the list.