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BigDecimal is driving me crazy

Randall Twede
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Joined: Oct 21, 2000
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i wrote a class to compute e

this works fine but only to a certain precision. so i am trying to use BigDecimal. at first i was getting an exception when i divided but i learned i had to specify the rounding. i did that but now i get 2 as an answer

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Paul Clapham

Joined: Oct 14, 2005
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The first thing that I thought when I read that code was "How does BigDecimal.divide know how many decimal places to use?"
Randall Twede
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yeah i think that might be the problem. i guess i was assuming a large default value for that. this is the first time i have tried using this class.
Rob Spoor

Joined: Oct 27, 2005
Posts: 20175

Off topic, but I have two small improvements for you:

Use BigDecimal.ONE and BigDecimal.valueOf(j). The former will definitely reuse an existing object, the latter will probably do so as well. Currently, all values from 0 to 10 are cached; that already saves you up to 10 extra objects per loop.

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