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Remove 'almost_equal' from 'VectorArrayInterface' ... #143

sdrave opened this Issue Sep 17, 2015 · 1 comment


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sdrave commented Sep 17, 2015

... or provide a default implementation in terms of norms.

Right now, the semantics of almost_equal is to do a float_cmp for each component pair of the vectors. I see no reason, why it would not be ok to do

||u - v|| <= rtol * ||v|| + atol

instead, where the norm could be 'sup', 'l2', or 'l1'.

Right now, we only use almost_equal only in trivial_basis_extension and the tests, anyhow.

I would propose to completely remove almost_equal from the interface and add a free function almost_equal which can also be given a scalar product as norm.

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ftalbrecht commented Sep 17, 2015

Sounds reasonable. In a way, the old behaviour is more like a float_cmp extension for vectors.

How did you come across this? Do you have an application for an almost equal measured in a specific norm?

Anyway, I have no objections...

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