Rampal Etienne on Fri, 10 Jun 2005 13:56:57 +0200

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precision question

Dear all,

I have a problem with precision in PARI.
Suppose we have default(realprecision,30).
Then PARI gives

> 1E+0 - 1E+0

Is it possible to get

> 1E+0 - 1E+0


In other words, if I want to calculate 1E+0 - 1E+0 + 1E-40, I want to get 1E-40 and not 0.E-38 which is the answer PARI gives me right now. This is important, because in a PARI program it could occur that the difference of exactly the same number is taken (e.g. log(10/2) - log(2+3) + 1E-40), which then gives the wrong answer.