From: "Madscientist" <madscientist@stripped>
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 08:26:21 -0400
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You might also consider using two integer type fields - one for the
numerator and another for the denominator. This way storage and recovery are
easy and the mathematics are wide open.
I suspect that a float add is faster than 3 integer multiplies and
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]Subject: Re: Fractions
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] From: Paul DuBois <paul@stripped>
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] At 20:47 -0500 9/18/02, William Martell wrote:
] >Can anyone tell me whether we can represent fractions in MySQL
]4.0. I have
] >data representing different lengths of objects measured in
]inches. Can I
] >load this data as is into a field in MySQL or do I have to
]convert it first
] >into an floating point interger or decimal value???
] You could store them as strings, but you'd have to interpret them on
] the client side, most likely.
]In which case you might as well store them as reals, with char
]substitution (interpret). As reals, later when the inevitable desire
]occurs to add different lengths, it will be simple.