# Re: Problem with averaging integers?

From: Dennis Shea <shea_at_nyahnyahspammersnyahnyah>
Date: Mon Oct 17 2011 - 08:18:10 MDT

There is nothing wrong. The 'print' value is
at 6 decimal values which is generally 'sufficient' for floats.
printing the full value ... gives the expected anser.

tmp = new((/ 60 /), integer)
tmp = 20060109 ; do not use tmp(:) [slower]
avg_tmp8 = avg(tmp)
print(avg_tmp8)
print(sprintf("%20.13f", avg_tmp8))

===
Variable: avg_tmp8
Type: float
Total Size: 4 bytes
1 values
Number of Dimensions: 1
Dimensions and sizes: [1]
Coordinates:
Number Of Attributes: 1
_FillValue : -2.147484e+09
(0) 2.006011e+07

(0) 20060108.0000000000000 <=== sprintf

On 10/16/11 3:52 PM, Charles Bardeen wrote:
> The following code yields an average that is 1 from the true average …
>
>
> University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
> NCAR Command Language Version 5.2.1
> The use of this software is governed by a License Agreement.
> See http://www.ncl.ucar.edu/ for more details.
> ncl 0> tmp = new((/ 60 /), integer)
> ncl 1> tmp(:) = 20060109
> ncl 2> print(avg(tmp))
> (0) 2.006011e+07
> ncl 3> print(doubletointeger(avg(tmp)))
> (0) 20060108
> ncl 4>
>
> Any idea why NCL is making this mistake. Is it an overflow or rounding
> problem? If I use smaller numbers, then it works correctly …
>
> ncl 8> tmp(:) = 2006
> ncl 9> print(avg(tmp))
> (0) 2006
> ncl 10> print(doubletointeger(avg(tmp)))
> (0) 2006
> ncl 11>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Chuck
>
>
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