[Numpy-discussion] float128 in fact float80

Nathaniel Smith njs@pobox....
Sun Oct 16 17:16:13 CDT 2011

On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 3:04 PM, Matthew Brett <matthew.brett@gmail.com> wrote:
> If we agree that float128 is a bad name for something that isn't IEEE
> binary128, and there is already a longdouble type (thanks for pointing
> that out), then what about:
> Deprecating float128 / float96 as names
> Preferring longdouble for cross-platform == fairly big float of some sort


I understand the argument that you don't want to call it "float80"
because not all machines support a float80 type. But I don't
understand why we would solve that problem by making up two *more*
names (float96, float128) that describe types that *no* machines
actually support... this is incredibly confusing.

I guess the question is, how do we deprecate a top-level name inside
the np namespace?

> Specific names according to format (float80 etc) ?

This part doesn't even seem necessary right now -- we could always add
it later if machines start supporting multiple >64-bit float types at
once, and in the mean time it doesn't add much. You can always use
finfo if you're curious what longdouble means locally?

-- Nathaniel

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