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In C#, the result of Math.Round(2.5) is 2.

It is supposed to be 3, isn't it? Why is it 2 instead in C#?



Firstly, this wouldn't be a C# bug anyway - it would be a .NET bug. C# is the language - it doesn't decide how Math.Round is implemented.

And secondly, no - if you read the docs, you'll see that the default rounding is "round to even" (banker's rounding):

Return Value
Type: System.Double
The integer nearest a. If the fractional component of a is halfway between two integers, one of which is even and the other odd, then the even number is returned. Note that this method returns a Double instead of an integral type.

The behavior of this method follows IEEE Standard 754, section 4. This kind of rounding is sometimes called rounding to nearest, or banker's rounding. It minimizes rounding errors that result from consistently rounding a midpoint value in a single direction.

You can specify how Math.Round should round mid-points using an overload which takes a MidpointRounding value. There's one overload with a MidpointRounding corresponding to each of the overloads which doesn't have one:

  • Round(Decimal) / Round(Decimal, MidpointRounding)
  • Round(Double) / Round(Double, MidpointRounding)
  • Round(Decimal, Int32) / Round(Decimal, Int32, MidpointRounding)
  • Round(Double, Int32) / Round(Double, Int32, MidpointRounding)

Whether this default was well chosen or not is a different matter. (MidpointRounding was only introduced in .NET 2.0. Before then I'm not sure there was any easy way of implementing the desired behaviour without doing it yourself.) In particular, history has shown that it's not the expected behaviour - and in most cases that's a cardinal sin in API design. I can see why Banker's Rounding is useful... but it's still a surprise to many.

You may be interested to take a look at the nearest Java equivalent enum (RoundingMode) which offers even more options. (It doesn't just deal with midpoints.)

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

You can specify that you want to use a generic list instead of an array by clicking the advanced button when you add a reference, or you can right click on the service reference and choose configure to change it in place.

The reason is that WCF serializes Generic lists as arrays to send across the wire. The configuration is just telling svcutil to create a proxy that converts them back to a generic list for your convenience.

Thursday, June 3, 2021
answered 6 Months ago

ISO C mandates that fgetc() returns an int since it must be able to return every possible character in addition to an end-of-file indicator.

So code that places the return value into a char, and uses it to detect EOF, is generally plain wrong and should not be used.

Having said that, two of the examples you gave don't actually do that.

One of them uses fseek and ftell to get the number of bytes in the file and then uses that to control the read/write loop. That's could be problematic since the file can actually change in size after the size is retrieved but that's a different problem to trying to force an int into a char.

The other uses feof immediately after the character is read to check if the end of file has been reached.

But you're correct in that the easiest way to do it is to simply use the return value correctly, something like:

int charInt;
while ((charInt = fgetc(inputHandle)) != EOF)
Sunday, August 15, 2021
answered 4 Months ago

Are you doing this at work? Is a corporate firewall or anti-virus program running? Check the windows event logs and any applications in your task notification icons area on your start bar for hints as to who is blocking this.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
answered 3 Months ago

The first and most important rule: use a decimal data type, never ever binary floating-point types.

When exactly rounding should be performed can be mandated by regulations, such as the conversion between the Euro and national currencies it replaced.

If there are no such rules, I'd do all calculations with high precision, and round only for presentation, i.e. not use rounded values for further calculations. This should yield the best overall precision.

Saturday, September 4, 2021
answered 3 Months ago
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