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Kahan summation algorithmThomas Klemm12-19-2014 10:12 PM

For details please consult Wikipedia.

Program for the HP-42S:

Code:
00 { 19-Byte Prgm }
01 LBL "KAHAN"
02 +
03 ENTER
04 RCL+ ST Z
05 STO- ST Z
06 X<> ST Z
07 +
08 END

Worked example: \(10^{10}+\pi+e\)

CLST
E10
ENTER
0
PI
XEQ “KAHAN”
1
E↑X
R/S

y: 10,000,000,005.9
x: -0.04012551795

This is the correctly rounded result.

The classic addition is not the same:

E10
PI
+
1
E↑X
+

y: 0
x: 10,000,000,005.8

Cheers
Thomas


RE: Kahan summation algorithmGerald H12-20-2014 10:47 AM

Thank you. Never seen this before.


RE: Kahan summation algorithmWerner12-21-2014 09:52 AM

What I have never seen mentioned is the fact that this algorithm is meant for binary floating point. Try adding x=y= 1e12-2
You’ll get
s := 2e12
c := -2, while it should be -4

BTW my version reads:

Code:
*LBL "K+"
+
RCL+ ST Y
STO- ST Y
X<>Y
RCL+ ST L
END

same size.

Werner


 Posted by at 6:46 pm