Why does the modulo function seem to break for large numbers?

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Kiran KC
Kiran KC 2021 年 11 月 5 日
コメント済み: Rik 2021 年 11 月 5 日
For part of a function I am writing that tests whether an input number is an integer.
The answer should be zero, because for any integer n, (n*10)/10 = n , Therefore, mod(n*10,10) = 0
But in this case of very large numbers (like the one in the screenshot above), it does not work. I would appreciate any explanations as to why this is and/or how to solve this problem?


Stephen 2021 年 11 月 5 日
編集済み: Stephen 2021 年 11 月 5 日
You used a binary floating point number whose precision is limited to around 15-16 significant decimal digits.
The output of MOD is "correct" (even if those end digits are effectively noise):
format bank
x = 290384798012501645096234 % check the value stored in memory:
x =
y = x*10 % and also the value stored after that multiplication:
y =
ans =
You could use the symbolic toolbox, which supports arbitrary integer lengths:
x = sym('290384798012501645096234')
x = 
y = x*10
y = 
ans = 
Another approach is to download this toolbox:
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Kiran KC
Kiran KC 2021 年 11 月 5 日
Makes sense, thank you for the detailed answer!


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Steven Lord
Steven Lord 2021 年 11 月 5 日
For sufficiently large numbers, not all numbers in that vicinity are representable in IEEE double precision. What's the distance between your number and the next largest number?
x = 290384798012501645096234;
ans = 33554432
So if I were to add a million to x, I still haven't gotten to the next largest number.
y = x + 1e6;
y == x % true
ans = logical
The same were to hold if I added a number that you would expect changes the last digit of x. In fact it's negligible enough relative to x that it doesn't change x at all.
y = x + 1234567;
y == x
ans = logical
If you want to work with numbers that large and represent each number in that vicinity, you're going to need to work symbolically.
s = sym('290384798012501645096234');
t = s + 1e6;
isAlways(s == t) % false
ans = logical
t = s + 1234567;
isAlways(s == t) % false
ans = logical
mod(s, 10)
ans = 
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Rik 2021 年 11 月 5 日
That is not intended to be possible (it can happen in some rare cases where servers are slow to update, creating a sort of race condition, I don't know if this is still possible).
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