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    tyang is offline Member
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    Default double or float for importing data?

    I am designing Java programs for data mining/machine learning applications. Can anyone tell me should I use double or float for importing the data?

    What is the convention?

    Thanks a lot!;)

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    Hey, I dont think there is any convention. You should just look of how much precision you need the system to have. Double would give you the largest precision.(Largest amount of numbers)
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    hi tyang
    float or double got different precision,one is smaller another one is bigger.
    you can take this code to see exactly how it is working there:
    Java Code:
    public class DoubleAndFloat {
    	public static void main(String[] args) {
    		System.out.println( Double.MAX_VALUE);
    		System.out.println( Float.MAX_VALUE);
    the result is :
    Java Code:
    so, to choose double or float is depending on the bussiness which you are mining on.
    actually float is big enough in most of the time, i personal feel.
    good luck
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