How to count set bits in a floating point number in C?
Given a floating point number, write a function to count set bits in its binary representation.
For example, floating point representation of 0.15625 has 6 set bits (See this). A typical C compiler uses single precision floating point format.
We can use the idea discussed here. The idea is to take address of the given floating point number in a pointer variable, typecast the pointer to char * type and process individual bytes one by one. We can easily count set bits in a char using the techniques discussed here.
Following is C implementation of the above idea.
Binary representation of 0.156250 has 6 set bits
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