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# Get memory representation of double

Hi!

I want to get the representation in memory of a variable of type
double and put it in an array of four unsigned short int (I'm on a 32-
bits Windows architecture so a double is 64-bits and an unsigned short
int is 16-bits).

For example, the double precision representation of 1/3 is 3fd5 5555
5555 5555 (hex).

I tried to do a simple cast from a pointer of type double to a pointer
to an array of unsigned short int but does not seem to work. I'm not
very good a C programming so help is very much appreciated.
#include <stdio.h>

void double_to_uint16(double *in, unsigned short int *out)
{
out = (unsigned short int *)in;
}

main()
{
double a = 0.3333333333333333;
unsigned short int b;

double_to_uint16(&a, b);

printf("1: %hx\n", b);
printf("2: %hx\n", b);
printf("3: %hx\n", b);
printf("4: %hx\n", b);
}
The program above gives the following printout:

1: f000
2: 6113
3: 0
4: 0

But I expected to get:

1: 3fd5
2: 5555
3: 5555
4: 5555

Aug 4 '07 #1
5 6090 >For example, the double precision representation of 1/3 is 3fd5 5555
>5555 5555 (hex).

I tried to do a simple cast from a pointer of type double to a pointer
to an array of unsigned short int but does not seem to work. I'm not
very good a C programming so help is very much appreciated.
#include <stdio.h>

void double_to_uint16(double *in, unsigned short int *out)
{
out = (unsigned short int *)in;
Don't you mean:
*out = (unsigned short int *)in;
and this will only copy *one* short int, so you want to copy
sizeof(double)/sizeof(unsigned short int) times, moving to
the next unsigned short int each time.
>}
Aug 4 '07 #2

<an************@home.sewrote in message
Hi!

I want to get the representation in memory of a variable of type
double and put it in an array of four unsigned short int (I'm on a 32-
bits Windows architecture so a double is 64-bits and an unsigned short
int is 16-bits).

For example, the double precision representation of 1/3 is 3fd5 5555
5555 5555 (hex).

I tried to do a simple cast from a pointer of type double to a pointer
to an array of unsigned short int but does not seem to work. I'm not
very good a C programming so help is very much appreciated.
#include <stdio.h>

void double_to_uint16(double *in, unsigned short int *out)
{
out = (unsigned short int *)in;
}

main()
{
double a = 0.3333333333333333;
unsigned short int b;

double_to_uint16(&a, b);

printf("1: %hx\n", b);
printf("2: %hx\n", b);
printf("3: %hx\n", b);
printf("4: %hx\n", b);
}
The program above gives the following printout:

1: f000
2: 6113
3: 0
4: 0

But I expected to get:

1: 3fd5
2: 5555
3: 5555
4: 5555
Why?
#include <stdio.h>

int main(void)
{
double d = 1.0 / 3;
unsigned char *p = (unsigned char *)&d;

printf("type 'double' object 'd' at address %p has value of %.16f\n",
(void*)&d, d);

size_t i = 0;

for(; i < sizeof d; ++i)
printf("byte %lu at address %p == %X\n",
(unsigned int)i, (void*)(p + i), p[i]);

return 0;
}

Output (MS VC++ 2005 Express, Pentium IV):

type 'double' object 'd' at address 0013FF6C has value of 0.3333333333333333
byte 0 at address 0013FF6C == 55
byte 1 at address 0013FF6D == 55
byte 2 at address 0013FF6E == 55
byte 3 at address 0013FF6F == 55
byte 4 at address 0013FF70 == 55
byte 5 at address 0013FF71 == 55
byte 6 at address 0013FF72 == D5
byte 7 at address 0013FF73 == 3F

-Mike
Aug 4 '07 #3
an************@home.se wrote:
Hi!

I want to get the representation in memory of a variable of type
double and put it in an array of four unsigned short int (I'm on a 32-
bits Windows architecture so a double is 64-bits and an unsigned short
int is 16-bits).
If you want the bit representation of an object, the easiest way is to
access it as an array of unsigned char.
For example, the double precision representation of 1/3 is 3fd5 5555
5555 5555 (hex).
The representation is implementation specific.
I tried to do a simple cast from a pointer of type double to a pointer
to an array of unsigned short int but does not seem to work. I'm not
very good a C programming so help is very much appreciated.
Try this -

#include <stdio.h>

int main(void) {
double d = 1.0/3.0;
unsigned char *drep = 0;
int ctr;

printf("d = %f\n", d);
drep = (unsigned char *)&d;
for(ctr = 0; ctr < sizeof(double); ctr++) {
printf("d (byte %d) = %x\n", ctr, drep[ctr]);
}
return 0;
}

Output

d = 0.333333
d (byte 0) = 55
d (byte 1) = 55
d (byte 2) = 55
d (byte 3) = 55
d (byte 4) = 55
d (byte 5) = 55
d (byte 6) = d5
d (byte 7) = 3f
Aug 4 '07 #4
an************@home.se wrote:
>
Hi!

I want to get the representation in memory of a variable of type
double and put it in an array of four unsigned short int (I'm on a 32-
bits Windows architecture so a double is 64-bits and an unsigned short
int is 16-bits).

For example, the double precision representation of 1/3 is 3fd5 5555
5555 5555 (hex).

I tried to do a simple cast from a pointer of type double to a pointer
to an array of unsigned short int but does not seem to work. I'm not
very good a C programming so help is very much appreciated.

#include <stdio.h>

void double_to_uint16(double *in, unsigned short int *out)
{
out = (unsigned short int *)in;
}

main()
{
double a = 0.3333333333333333;
unsigned short int b;

double_to_uint16(&a, b);

printf("1: %hx\n", b);
printf("2: %hx\n", b);
printf("3: %hx\n", b);
printf("4: %hx\n", b);
}

The program above gives the following printout:

1: f000
2: 6113
3: 0
4: 0

But I expected to get:

1: 3fd5
2: 5555
3: 5555
4: 5555
/* BEGIN new.c */

#include <stdio.h>
#include <limits.h>
#include <assert.h>

void double_to_uint16(double *in, unsigned short int *out)
{
size_t index;

assert(CHAR_BIT == 8);
assert(sizeof(short) == 2);
assert(sizeof(double) == 8);
for (index = 0; index != 4; ++index) {
out[index] = ((unsigned short *)in)[index];
}
}

int main(void)
{
double a = 1.0 / 3;
unsigned short int b;

double_to_uint16(&a, b);
printf("1: %hx\n", b);
printf("2: %hx\n", b);
printf("3: %hx\n", b);
printf("4: %hx\n", b);
return 0;
}

/* END new.c */
--
pete
Aug 4 '07 #5
pete wrote:
>
an************@home.se wrote:

Hi!

I want to get the representation in memory of a variable of type
double and put it in an array of four unsigned short int (I'm on a 32-
bits Windows architecture so a double is 64-bits and an unsigned short
int is 16-bits).

For example, the double precision representation of 1/3 is 3fd5 5555
5555 5555 (hex).

I tried to do a simple cast from a pointer of type double to a pointer
to an array of unsigned short int but does not seem to work. I'm not
very good a C programming so help is very much appreciated.

#include <stdio.h>

void double_to_uint16(double *in, unsigned short int *out)
{
out = (unsigned short int *)in;
}

main()
{
double a = 0.3333333333333333;
unsigned short int b;

double_to_uint16(&a, b);

printf("1: %hx\n", b);
printf("2: %hx\n", b);
printf("3: %hx\n", b);
printf("4: %hx\n", b);
}

The program above gives the following printout:

1: f000
2: 6113
3: 0
4: 0

But I expected to get:

1: 3fd5
2: 5555
3: 5555
4: 5555

/* BEGIN new.c */

#include <stdio.h>
#include <limits.h>
#include <assert.h>

void double_to_uint16(double *in, unsigned short int *out)
{
size_t index;

assert(CHAR_BIT == 8);
assert(sizeof(short) == 2);
assert(sizeof(double) == 8);
for (index = 0; index != 4; ++index) {
out[index] = ((unsigned short *)in)[index];
}
}
That for loop, makes an assumption about alignment
that may not be true.

For raw memory representation,
you can't go wrong with bytes of unsigned char.

/* BEGIN new.c */

#include <stdio.h>

int main(void)
{
double a = 1.0 / 3;
size_t i;

for (i = 0; i != sizeof a; ++i) {
printf("%u: %x\n", (unsigned)i, ((unsigned char *)&a)[i]);
}
return 0;
}

/* END new.c */
--
pete
Aug 4 '07 #6

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