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From "Eric Barnhill (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (NUMBERS-10) Revamp "Complex" representation ?
Date Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:46:24 GMT

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Eric Barnhill commented on NUMBERS-10:
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This sounds great to me. I would think while speed could be an advantage to this approach
a bigger advantage would be that some mathematical quantities are much more numerically stable
in one representation or the other. 

I would lean toward adding to this, the creation of a simple constructor 

c = new Complex(1, 1); 

that creates a mixed representation for people who don't care.

> Revamp "Complex" representation ?
> ---------------------------------
>
>                 Key: NUMBERS-10
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/NUMBERS-10
>             Project: Commons Numbers
>          Issue Type: Wish
>            Reporter: Gilles
>              Labels: API, design, review
>             Fix For: 1.0
>
>         Attachments: CartesianRepresentation.java, Complex.java, MixedRepresentation.java,
PolarRepresentation.java
>
>
> This is a proposal to enhance the internal representation of complex numbers.
> The purpose is to allow usage of both cartesian and polar representations, with the aim
that calculations are performed (transparently) with the one that will be more accurate and/or
faster. 
> The API would certainly be improved, from
> {code}
>         final Complex c1 = Complex.valueOf(1, 2);
>         final Complex c2 = ComplexUtils.polar2Complex(2, 7);
>         final Complex r = c1.add(c2);
>  {code}
> with the current code, to
> {code}
>         final Complex c1 = Complex.createCartesian(1, 2);
>         final Complex c2 = Complex.createPolar(2, 7);
>         final Complex r = c1.add(c2);
> {code}
> Please refer to the attached files (they are self-documenting, but of course, Javadoc
must be added if the proposal is validated).
> Would there be merit in pursuing in that direction?
> Or is there any show-stopper?



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