#getting-started
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# getting-started
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Landry Norris

07/11/2022, 4:14 PM
I wrote this convenience function for testing if a double is within a range.
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``````fun assertWithin(expected: Double, actual: Double, tolerance: Double) {
val message = "Difference of \${actual-expected} is out of range. " +
"Expected \$expected, got \$actual"
if(abs(expected-actual) > tolerance) println(message)
assertTrue(abs(expected-actual) <= tolerance, message)
}``````
I see this message in the console, though
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``Difference of -6.004799503160669E14 is out of range. Expected 0.75, got -6.004799503160661E14``
How could (-6.004799503160661E14)-(0.75) be equal to (-6.004799503160661E14)? Edit: misread the exponent. subtracting 0.75 from 6*10^14 is essentially 6*10^14
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Klitos Kyriacou

07/11/2022, 4:45 PM
What are you expecting (-6.004799503160661E14)-(0.75) to be equal to? Also, why not use an existing function from one of the many unit testing libraries? By the way, you are calculating the difference and creating the message before you know if it's needed or not, so if you're calling this function in a tight loop where performance could be an issue, you might want to create the message inside the
``if``
block.
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Landry Norris

07/11/2022, 4:50 PM
This is in unit tests, so I don’t see performance as critical.
I just realized that the exponent is +14, not -14
They’re not anywhere near the same order of magnitude, so subtracting 0.75 has essentially no effect.
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Klitos Kyriacou

07/11/2022, 5:00 PM
If you're using kotlin.test, you can use [assertEquals with tolerance](https://kotlinlang.org/api/latest/kotlin.test/kotlin.test/assert-equals.html). If you're using another library, it will almost certainly have an equivalent function that takes a tolerance.
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Landry Norris

07/11/2022, 5:03 PM
I was not aware of that. I’ll take a look.