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From "Brent Worden" <br...@worden.org>
Subject RE: [math] proposed ordering for task list, scope of initial release
Date Wed, 11 Jun 2003 04:22:53 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Al Chou [mailto:hotfusionman@yahoo.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2003 2:14 PM
> To: Jakarta Commons Developers List
> Subject: Re: [math] proposed ordering for task list, scope of initial
> release
>
>
> --- Phil Steitz <phil@steitz.com> wrote:
> > Brent Worden wrote:
> > > I've used a default error constant several places.
> >    It would be nice to come
> > > up with a central location for such values.
> >
> > I get the first 3, but what exactly do you mean by the default error
> > constant?
>
> I read that to mean the accuracy requested (aka allowable error)
> of a given
> algorithm invocation.
>

That's right.  Certain routines perform their iterative computations until a
desired accuracy is achieved.  If the user doesn't explicitly state this
accuracy, what should it be?  A default error/accuracy constant would answer
that and provide uniform level of accuracy throughout the library.

Brent Worden
http://www.brent.worden.org


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