Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Floating Point Numbers: Links

1. An YouTube video which explains the basics of floating point numbers.

2. An interview with William Kahan (1998) and a paper by Cleve Model (1996) tell the story of how the IEEE standard was forged, and how it made computer arithmetic a lot more deterministic.

3. Did I say deterministic? Well, somethings are and others aren't.

4. And finally, David Goldberg's must read paper: "What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating-Point Arithmetic".

5. An interesting related SMBC comic.

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