Types of Programming Errors

Page Last modified: 20 January 1999

  • A. Errors in your computer code: These can include:

  • B. Truncation error

  • C. Resolution error

  • D. Round-off error

  • E. Propagated error

  • F. Data or Model error

    With all these sources of error, you might wonder how anything can be calculated with confidence! The answer is that while numerical analysis computing opens up many problems for solution, getting that solution takes some work. Resolving and avoiding these problems is the main reason why numerical analysis is a large and highly technical field of endeavor.

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