# Re: [PHP-DB] mathematical discrepancies

`Check http://php.net/manual/en/language.types.float.php`
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Warning
Floating point precision

It is typical that simple decimal fractions like 0.1 or 0.7 cannot be
converted into their internal binary counterparts without a small loss
of precision. This can lead to confusing results: for example,
floor((0.1+0.7)*10) will usually return 7 instead of the expected 8,
since the internal representation will be something like 7.9.

This is due to the fact that it is impossible to express some
fractions in decimal notation with a finite number of digits. For
instance, 1/3 in decimal form becomes 0.3.

So never trust floating number results to the last digit, and never
compare floating point numbers for equality. If higher precision is
necessary, the arbitrary precision math functions and gmp functions
are available.

On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 2:55 PM, Andrew Martin <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> Can anybody shed any light on this behaviour please?
>
> PHP Version 5.2.5 on XP
>
>
> \$a = 1754.00 ;
> \$b = 1754.03 ;
> \$diff = abs(\$b) - abs(\$a);
>
> echo "\$diff<br/>";     //output: 0.03
>
> \$a = 1754.00 ;
> \$b = 1754.09 ;
> \$diff = abs(\$b) - abs(\$a);
>
> echo "\$diff<br/>";     //output :0.0899999999999
>
> \$a = 1754.01 ;
> \$b = 1754.02 ;
> \$diff = abs(\$b) - abs(\$a);
>
> echo \$diff;     //output: 0.00999999999999
>
>
> Is this expected behaviour? Can anybody reproduce this?
>
> Many thanks,
>
>
> Andy
>
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