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Bug #9411 Arithmetic error
Submitted: 2001-02-22 15:45 UTC Modified: 2001-02-22 16:07 UTC
From: robburne at hotmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Math related
PHP Version: 4.0.4pl1 OS: Windows 98
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2001-02-22 15:45 UTC] robburne at hotmail dot com
Hi I am not sure if I have found a bug - what do you think.......?

Consider this:

$var1 = -0.32 + (0.1*3.2)

This should give var1 the value 0, instead it gives


Interestingly if you increase -0.33 and 3.3 respectively it gives the correct answer. Werid!

Rob Burne


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 [2001-02-22 16:05 UTC]
This is normal floating point math behavior
 [2001-02-22 16:07 UTC]
This is nothing to do with PHP, its just part of the way computers store floating-point numbers. It stores an aproximation of 0.32, as close as it can get, but when you start multiplying it, the little difference between 0.32 and what it stored starts to get magnified.

BTW, 5.5511151231258E-17 is 0.000000000000000055511151231258 which is *really* closed to 0.

If you want to output formatted numbers, you should either round it, or use printf()

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