Is there in Ruby some functionality/syntax to compare two floats with delta? Something similar to assert_in_delta(expected_float, actual_float, delta) from test/unit but returning Boolean?

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(expected_float - actual_float).abs <= delta


Depending on your application and what your floating point values are actually representing, it might make sense to convert them to Rationals with a given precision. Then direct comparisons will always behave correctly since Rationals are just two integers.

For instance, if you know you're dealing with US currency amounts, storing them as amount.to_r.round(2) allows for exact comparisons for equality.

Just a thought... not all non-integer values need to be inexactly-represented floats

you may also need a relative tolerance / delta calculation

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