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#include <boost/multiprecision/tommath.hpp>

namespace boost{ namespace multiprecision{

typedef rational_adpater<tommath_int>        tommath_rational;
typedef number<tommath_rational >         tom_rational;

}} // namespaces

The tommath_rational back-end is used via the typedef boost::multiprecision::tom_rational. It acts as a thin wrapper around boost::rational<tom_int> to provide a rational number type that is a drop-in replacement for the native C++ number types, but with unlimited precision.

The advantage of using this type rather than boost::rational<tom_int> directly, is that it is expression-template enabled, greatly reducing the number of temporaries created in complex expressions.

There are also non-member functions:

tom_int numerator(const tom_rational&);
tom_int denominator(const tom_rational&);

which return the numerator and denominator of the number.

Things you should know when using this type:


#include <boost/multiprecision/tommath.hpp>

using namespace boost::multiprecision;

tom_rational v = 1;

// Do some arithmetic:
for(unsigned i = 1; i <= 1000; ++i)
   v *= i;
v /= 10;

std::cout << v << std::endl; // prints 1000! / 10
std::cout << numerator(v) << std::endl;
std::cout << denominator(v) << std::endl;

tom_rational w(2, 3); // Component wise constructor
std::cout << w << std::endl; // prints 2/3