Difference between Single Precision and Double Precision
According to IEEE standard, floating-point number is represented in two ways:
1. Single Precision:
Single Precision is a format proposed by IEEE for representation of floating-point number. It occupies 32 bits in computer memory.
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2. Double Precision:
Double Precision is also a format given by IEEE for representation of floating-point number. It occupies 64 bits in computer memory.
Difference between Single and Double Precision:
|SINGLE PRECISION||DOUBLE PRECISION|
|In single precision, 32 bits are used to represent floating-point number.||In double precision, 64 bits are used to represent floating-point number.|
|It uses 8 bits for exponent.||It uses 11 bits for exponent.|
|In single precision, 23 bits are used for mantissa.||In double precision, 52 bits are used for mantissa.|
|Bias number is 127.||Bias number is 1023.|
|Range of numbers in single precision : 2^(-126) to 2^(+127)||Range of numbers in double precision : 2^(-1022) to 2^(+1023)|
|This is used where precision matters less.||This is used where precision matters more.|
|It is used for wide representation.||It is used for minimization of approximation.|
|It is used in simple programs like games.||It is used in complex programs like scientific calculator.|
|This is called binary32.||This is called binary64.|
Please refer Floating Point Representation for details.