rounding error

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rounding error (mathematics) a miscalculation that results from rounding off numbers to a convenient number of decimals "the error in the calculation was attributable to rounding","taxes are rounded off to the nearest dollar but the rounding error is surprisingly small"
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Usage

In literature:

A searching look round the room confirmed him in this error.
"Red Masquerade" by Louis Joseph Vance
The friars immediately collected round him, and urged him to retract his errors.
"The Last Look" by W.H.G. Kingston
It continues the old error in the eternal round on the wheel of life.
"The Buddha" by Paul Carus
It might almost be called a "tragedy of errors," for there was nothing but blundering all round.
"Six days of the Irish Republic" by Louis Redmond-Howard
But then I made the fatal error of letting him win the last four holes of that round.
"Fifty Years of Golf" by Horace G. Hutchinson
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In poetry:

Grief is fatiguing. He is out of it,
the whole humiliating Human round,
out of this & that.
He made a-many hearts go pit-a-pat
who now need never mind his nostril-hair
nor a critical error laid bare.
"Dream Song 121: Grief is fatiguing. He is out of it" by John Berryman

In news:

During the course of her second-round match today at the French Open, Yevgeniya Kulikovskaya did not make a single backhand error.
As startling as manga 's recent Stateside success has been, the $110 million American industry still represents a rounding error in comparison to its Japanese counterpart.
The number of jobs affected is barely a rounding error in measurements of the mighty American workforce.
In the era of Facebook, Google and ad networks, a million people is a rounding error.
Lincoln is now just a rounding error for Ford Motor Co.'s US sales.
Johann von Goethe, famed writer and scholar from two centuries ago, said that "Truth must be repeated again and again, because error is constantly being preached round about us".
A settlement would be little more than a rounding error.
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In science:

To manage the accumulation of error across the log n rounds, we set δ := ǫ/2n to obtain total error of (ǫ/2n)log n < .8ǫ < ǫ.
On Lower Bound Methods for Tree-like Cutting Plane Proofs
We cannot calculate ξM /M for ∆ > 3.5 because of round-off errors.
Landau level mixing and spin degeneracy in the quantum Hall effect
At this moment the simulation with 256 zones encountered numerical problems at the center due to the round-off error in double precision calculations.
Incorporating Radiative Cooling into a Cosmological Hydrodynamic Code
The numerical treatment is characterized by round-off errors and, more importantly, by a discrete time representation, which forces the system to depart from the conditions ideally established by its Hamiltonian property.
Fractional Calculus as a Macroscopic Manifestation of Randomness
This means that the computation of the integrals (7) by means of the trapeze method is exact (within the round-off errors).
Spectral methods in general relativistic astrophysics
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