Why is there no better representation for floating points than sign and magnitude?

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Published on 2010-04-19T14:56:16Z Indexed on 2010/04/19 16:43 UTC
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We have 2's complement for integers that allows us to perform operations without worrying about the sign. That is a big help at the implementation level.

Similarly we have so many floating point operations and yet we rely on sign and magnitude. What is the reason?

Why can't a 2's complement like system work for floats?

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