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Floating Point

Functions to manage floating point numbers
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Michael Baudin
Owner Organization
Consortium Scilab - Digiteo
Michael BAUDIN
Creation Date
September 8, 2015
Source created on
Scilab 6.0.x
Binaries available on
Scilab 6.0.x:
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Install command
--> atomsInstall("floatingpoint")

The goal of this toolbox is to provide a collection of 
algorithms for floating point number management.
This is more a learning tool than an operationnal component,
although it might complement some features which are not 
provided by Scilab.

The flps_systemgui function allows to see the distribution
of floating point numbers graphically.
By varying the rounding mode, the precision and the logscale,
we can actually the distribution of a toy floating 
point number. Adding or suppressing the denormals can be 
instructive too.

The functions allow to compute automatically the 
properties of the current Scilab system with 
respect to the doubles. It is similar in spirit 
to the number_properties functions, except that 
our functions are based on macros and that 
the returned values are made consistent 
with the references cited in the bibliography.
Moreover, the flps_radix function returns
the current radix and allows to check that the 
current rounding mode is round-to-nearest (which 
is IEEE's default).

The functions allow to create virtual floating point 
systems, which allows to see their discrete nature 
in simplified examples. The rounding mode of 
such a virtual floating point system can be configured
to one of the four mode from the IEEE standard. 
This feature allows to see the effect of the rounding mode
on the distribution of floating point numbers. This is 
not easy to see with a straightforward Scilab, since the 
rounding mode is round-to-nearest, most of the time.


The following is a list of the current functions :

 * Convert
   * flps_Me2sm : Returns the (s,m) representation given (M,e).
   * flps_double2hex : Converts a double into a hexadecimal string.
   * flps_frombary : Returns the floating point number given its b-ary
   * flps_hex2double : Converts a hexadecimal string into its double.
   * flps_sme2M : Returns the integral significand from (s,m,e).
   * flps_tobary : Returns the digits of the b-ary decomposition.
 * Functions
   * flps_chop : Round matrix elements to t significant binary places.
   * flps_frexp : Returns the exponent and fraction.
   * flps_minimumdecimalstr : Returns the minimum string for equality.
   * flps_signbit : Returns the sign bit of x
 * Number
   * flps_number2hex : Converts a floating point number into a hexadecimal
   * flps_numbereval : Returns the value of the current floating point number.
   * flps_numbergetclass : Returns the class of the number;
   * flps_numberisfinite : Returns true if the number is finite.
   * flps_numberisinf : Returns true if the number is an infinity.
   * flps_numberisnan : Returns true if the number is a nan.
   * flps_numberisnormal : Returns true if the number is bnormal.
   * flps_numberissubnormal : Returns true if the number is subnormal.
   * flps_numberiszero : Returns true if the number is zero.
   * flps_numbernew : Returns a new floating point number.
 * Properties
   * flps_emax : Returns the maximum exponent and value before overflow.
   * flps_emin : Returns the minimum exponent and value before underflow.
   * flps_eps : Returns the machine epsilon and the precision for Scilab
   * flps_isIEEE : Returns true if the current system satisfies basic IEEE
   * flps_radix : Compute the radix used for Scilab doubles.
 * System
   * flps_systemall : Returns the list of floating point numbers of the given
floating point system.
   * flps_systemgui : Plots all the numbers in the current floating point
   * flps_systemnew : Returns a new floating point system.


See DLAMCH for a comparison with Lapack's algorithms:

See number_properties in Scilab for a comparison :


Copyright (C) 2010 - DIGITEO - Michael Baudin
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