```"Josef 'Jupp' Schugt" <jupp / gmx.de> wrote:
>
> [...] Even the most trivial computations are
> nontrivial when one has a closer look at them:
>
> 1.upto(16) { |i|
>   puts 1.0 + (0.1 ** i) - 1.0 - (0.1 ** i)
> }
>
> on my machine results in:
>
>  8.32667268468867e-17
>  [snipped some]
> -1               e-16
>
> The mathematical results of course all are 0.
>
> Josef 'Jupp' Schugt
>

Just trollin', but is it right that Float#to_f
should be a no-op when it could have saved
doing 'to_s.to_f' (or other) below ?:

expect = [ nil,
8.32667268468867e-17,
6.93889390390723e-18,
-1.10371781159024e-16,
-1.10317571050400e-17,
6.55095281406476e-17,
]

1.upto(5) do |i|
ans = 1.0 + (0.1 ** i) - 1.0 - (0.1 ** i)
unless ans == expect[i]
p [ans, expect[i]]
puts 'Oops' unless Float === ans and Float === expect[i]
if ans.to_s.to_f == expect[i]                          #  <<----#####
# ans.to_f short-circuits (just returns self)
puts "Not equal but equal"; puts
end
end
end

#-> [8.32667268468867e-17, 8.32667268468867e-17]
#-> Not equal but equal
#->
#-> [6.93889390390723e-18, 6.93889390390723e-18]
#-> Not equal but equal
#->
#-> [-1.10371781159024e-16, -1.10371781159024e-16]
#-> Not equal but equal
#->
#-> [-1.103175710504e-17, -1.103175710504e-17]
#-> Not equal but equal
#->
#-> [6.55095281406476e-17, 6.55095281406476e-17]
#-> Not equal but equal

daz

```