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Date:         Fri, 22 Aug 2003 09:10:22 -0700
Reply-To:     Paul Choate <pchoate@DDS.CA.GOV>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Paul Choate <pchoate@DDS.CA.GOV>
Subject:      Re: Tiny Roundoff Errors in 8.2 for Windows
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Hi Talbot,

Here is an idea - there is no error in the representation of integers, as long as your magnitude is not huge (2^53 for 8 byte numbers in Windows). If you work with your values as pennies rather than dollars your arithmetic will always be exact.

Paul Choate DDS Data Extraction

topkatz@MSN.COM (Talbot Michael Katz) wrote in message news:<>... > Hi, gang. > > I seem to be experiencing very small arithmetic roundoff errors in SAS 8.2 > for Windows. Here is the code snippet : > > run_bal = round(run_bal+tr_amount,0.01); > bal_dif = run_bal - prod_balance; > tr_amount = -bal_dif; > if tr_amount ne round(tr_amount,0.01) then do; > put "prec_num = " prec_num " tr_amount not round 27"; > end ; > > Note that run_bal is rounded to 0.01 (i.e., dollars and cents) at the top. > Prod_balance has also been rounded to 0.01, so bal_dif should be, too. > But, somehow, tr_amount = -bal_dif is off by about 10**(-12). > > Has anyone else experienced something like this? Is it a documented > problem? > > -- TMK --

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