8 bit signed float possible?
Sat Jun 17 14:27:35 CEST 2006
On 6/17/06, Andrew Lentvorski <> wrote:
> Ericsson wrote:
> > I'm trying to construct an eight bit signed float in binary format:
> > Float = 3.14.
> > Bin = <<Float:8/signed-float>>.
> > This only give badarg error. Is 8 bits too small for a float?
> Erlang doesn't support floats other than 32 and 64.
> I heartily recommend David Goldberg's "What Every Computer Scientist
> Should Know About Floating Point.":
And once that is understood you can of course deconstruct 8 bits into
small integers and construct a floating point number out of them
Given 1 sign bit, 2 exponent bits and 5 mantissa bits you can have 32
different fractions between 1.0 and 0.0, and you have have (as a
suggestion) 10^1, 10^0, 10^-1, 10^2
multipliers from the exponent bit. Then the closest you can come to 3.14 is
10*(1.0/32) * 10^1 = 0.3125 * 10^1 = 3.125.
Good enought for government work, or what is it they say?
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