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Subj:   Re: Decimal or time in PI
 
From:   Dieter Nöth

Kumaran Anantaraman wrote:

  Is it 'bad' to have a decimal in PI? Why? Should we make it integer instead?  


No, because a decimal is stored as an integer (1,2,4 or 8 bytes). I.e. dec(15,4) is stored as 8 byte INTEGER: value * 10000


  Also, there was a discussion on 'time is bad for PI'? True? What was the reason?  


Because you need the exact value to be able to use the PI and you probably don't know the exact time up to the second/millisecond.


Dieter



     
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