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Introduction to the dark arts of floating point numbers

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Video duration
00:28:23
Language
English
Abstract
This is a talk about floating point numbers, specifically the sort named IEEE-754, aka "why are javascript numbers so weird", aka "nooo you can't compare floats for equality!" (Spoiler: sometimes you can.) This is a talk about why.

Floating point numbers, which are the things that most programming languages call something like "float", while Javascript just says "number", are famously weird and confusing:

```
> big_number = 1e16
10000000000000000
> 25 + big_number - big_number
24.0
> big_number == big_number + 1
true
```

In this talk, I'll show you some of my favorite weird floating point phenomena, and then I'll try to explain why they happen.

If you are a bit scared of floating point, like I used to, and you're never quite sure which formulas might turn on you and summon the eldritch abomination named NaN, then maybe this talk can help you build an ability to understand (and perhaps control) these phenomena.

This will obviously be a very numbers-heavy talk, but I'm going to try to make it as accessible as I can. Knowledge of things like binary numbers or scientific number notation is not required.

Talk ID
rc3-nowhere-471
Event:
rc3-2021
Day
2
Room
FeM Channel
Start
5 p.m.
Duration
00:30:00
Track
Fundamentals
Type of
Lightning Talk
Speaker
Antonius Frie
Talk Slug & media link
rc3-2021-fem-471-introduction-to-the-dark-arts-of-floating-point-numbers
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