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Re: M_PIl

From: "Jelle Hermsen" <jelle@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 18:33:36 +0000

Personally I just define pi with 4*atan(1). Is there a good reason to use M_PI1 instead?


------Original Message------
From: Pierre Abbat
Sender: users-errors@crater.dragonflybsd.org
To: users@crater.dragonflybsd.org
Subject: M_PIl
Sent: Aug 31, 2012 19:52

I'm developing a program which represents angles internally as binary 
fractions (0x80000000 means 360°). To convert the angle to radians, I used 
M_PI originally, felt I needed more accuracy, and found that Linux has M_PIl, 
which has a few extra digits so that it is accurate as a ten-byte float (the 
processor's internal representation). DFBSD doesn't have M_PIl, so I wrote a 
preprocessor directive which uses M_PI if M_PIl doesn't exist. I run a test 
which adds sin 45° to sin 225° and such combinations around the circle, 
squares the errors, and adds them up.

  printf("total sine error=%e\n",totsinerror);
  printf("total cosine error=%e\n",totcoserror);
  printf("total cis error=%e\n",totciserror);
  //On Linux, the total error is 6e-39 and the M_PIl makes a big difference.
  //On DragonFly BSD, the total error is 5e-30 and M_PIl is absent.

When a barnacle settles down, its brain disintegrates.
Já não percebe nada, já não percebe nada.

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