Binary-to-Decimal Conversion (Precision Problem)
This semester I'm taking a class in Number Theory and Intro to Java. As a way to study both I'm trying to make a program that can convert values from one number sytem (ie binary, hexadecimal, octal) to decimal.
One step in this has me needing to convert a double (the number to be converted) to a string. From there I use .charAt(int) to pick each digit and multiply it by the correct power of 2 .
(ie: ABCD = a*2^3 + b*2^2 + c*2^1 + d*2^0)
When I do convert the double to a string, the portion past the floating point is changed slightly. For example, the number I enter to be converted from binary to decimal as 10110.1101 is rounded by the computer in the conversion process to the value 10110.110099 (which obviously doesn't play by the rules of binary lol).
So I'm looking for a way to stop the value from being changed, during the conversion to string process. Or I'd like to find a way around having to convert to a string in the first place?
Any ideas are greatly appreciated.
I've already tried double=Math.floor(double*1000)/1000, and a few other normally clever fixes, but to no success.
Thanks again for your help.