Subject: Re: Why is (round 2.5) = 2?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1995/04/17
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

[Barry Margolin]

|   Rounding to even is the convention that I learned in elementary school
|   -- it's not just a computer thing.

[Sean Luke]

|   Strange.  I learned rounding .5 up, as did everyone I've talked to so
|   far.  Where _did_ you go to school?  :-) :-)

maybe it's more prudent to ask _when_?  (or maybe not. :)  (my parents, both
engineers, had never heard of anything but rounding .5 up, either.)

last time we discussed this, one guy from South America chimed in and said
that he also learned round-to-even in elementary school.  an ex who grew up
in Argentina had never heard of it.  dunno.  may we conclude that Lisp has
something to tell people all the way from elementary school up, these days?

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