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Advantages and disadvantages of floating point representation

Advantages and disadvantages of floating point representation

In this article we are going to learn about advantages and disadvantages of floating point representation.

 

Advantages of floating point representation

Given below are major advantages of floating point representation:

  1. By using floating point representation, any type and any size of numbers can be represented easily.
  2. There are several standardized representation for the floating point representation.

Disadvantages of floating point representation

Given below are major disadvantages of floating point representation:

  1. Floating point representation is basically complex representation as it uses two fields: mantissa and exponent.
  2. Length of registers for storing floating point numbers is large.

Given above are merits and demerits of floating point representation.


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