[Numpy-discussion] Precision difference between dot and sum

Nadav Horesh nadavh@visionsense....
Tue Nov 2 04:08:48 CDT 2010

"... Also, IIRC, 1.0 cannot be represented exactly as a float,"

 Not true


-----Original Message-----
From: numpy-discussion-bounces@scipy.org on behalf of Matthieu Brucher
Sent: Tue 02-Nov-10 11:05
To: Discussion of Numerical Python
Subject: Re: [Numpy-discussion] Precision difference between dot and sum
>> It would be great if someone could let me know why this happens.
> They don't use the same implementation, so such tiny differences are
> expected - having exactly the same solution would have been surprising,
> actually. You may be surprised about the difference for such a trivial
> operation, but keep in mind that dot is implemented with highly
> optimized CPU instructions (that is if you use ATLAS or similar library).

Also, IIRC, 1.0 cannot be represented exactly as a float, so the dot
way may be more wrong than the sum way.

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