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Display rational numbers using fprintf

Asked by Qianyu
on 4 Jan 2013
I am using fprintf to write my answers to a file. I have numbers such as: 3/7,3/11,6/37... I tried different formats but every time it always changed it to a numeric value. Then I tried format rat before fprintf. This didn't work neither. How can I display a rational number using fprintf?

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Answer by Matt Fig
on 4 Jan 2013
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T = 1/3;
fprintf('The number is: %s\n',strtrim(rats(T)))

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Thanks. It worked great!

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Answer by Walter Roberson
on 4 Jan 2013

[n,d] = rat(YourNumericValue);
fprint(fid, '%d/%d', n, d)
However, if you have the numerator and denominator already available, then
fprintf(fid, '%d/%d', numerator, denominator)
which is what I think you probably want to do, if I remember your earlier question properly.
MATLAB is not designed to be able to tell the difference between 3/4 and 6/8: it will calculate the binary equivalents of the result and use that binary result, except in the Symbolic Toolbox where it will reduce the fraction to lowest terms and use the reduced rational fraction.

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