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 Post subject: Freaky Poll Results Defy Logic!Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 8:08 am
 Max [Ph]otographer

Joined: Mon Jun 28, 2004 4:10 pm
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Hey, I think a 4th grader could have done a better job of poll results:

Yeah, that's right kids, 10+89 = 100.

Seriously though, the actual numbers should have been 10.53% and 11.47% when rounded to two decimal places.

Why on earth did the Max PC Forums round 10.53 down to 10?

Any 4th grader can tell you that 10.50 - 10.99 should be rounded up to 11, that's just basic math.

Anyone got any ideas?

Dan O.

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 Post subject: Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 8:14 am
 Klamath

Joined: Fri Dec 03, 2004 6:02 am
Posts: 204
Location: Marysville, OH
Yes....you're too anal....

What...couldn't take the time to point out the typo as well?

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 Post subject: Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 10:17 am
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Joined: Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:17 pm
Posts: 145
Location: Chicago area
Belboz99

I recall from writing some VB programs that VB rounds differently from pure mathematical rounding in the case of a value lying exactly between 2 values (e.g., 10.5). You can read about it for VBScripting from MSDN Library here.

In a nutshell, VBScript will return the nearest even number to the value that is to be rounded. For example, 10.5 rounds to 10 rather than 11; 11.5 rounds to 12.

If this is the case, the poll result rounded to 1 decimal place would be 10.5; applying the above algorithm would result in an integer "rounded" value of 10.

Again, this is conjecture on my part, but it may provide an explanation.

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