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Orthogonality

Stavros Macrakis

General orthogonality goal: every type of object should work wherever it makes sense.

For example, wherever an approximate number makes sense, both exact numbers (integer and rat) and floats and bfloats should be supported.

Here are some cases where Maxima does not do this:

  • bfloats in rational expressions (keepbfloat?)
  • floats and bfloats in many matrix operations

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  • Robert Pollak
    Robert Pollak
    2014-07-14

    Vectors sometimes are 1-column matrices, sometimes they are lists.