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`s`=**rat***(*`x`) - :
`s`=**rat***(*`x`,`tol`) - :
*[*`n`,`d`] =**rat***(…)* -
Find a rational approximation of

`x`to within the tolerance defined by`tol`.If unspecified, the default tolerance is

`1e-6 * norm (`

.`x`(:), 1)When called with one output argument, return a string containing a continued fraction expansion (multiple terms).

When called with two output arguments, return numeric matrices for the numerator and denominator of a fractional representation of

`x`such that

.`x`=`n`./`d`For example:

s = rat (pi) ⇒ s = 3 + 1/(7 + 1/16) [n, d] = rat (pi) ⇒ n = 355 ⇒ d = 113 n / d - pi ⇒ 0.00000026676

Programming Note: With one output

`rat`

produces a string which is a continued fraction expansion. To produce a string which is a simple fraction (one numerator, one denominator) use`rats`

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`s`=**rats***(*`x`) - :
`s`=**rats***(*`x`,`len`) Convert

`x`into a rational approximation represented as a string.A rational approximation to a floating point number is a simple fraction with numerator

`N`and denominator`D`such that

.`x`=`N`/`D`The optional second argument defines the maximum length of the string representing the elements of

`x`. By default,`len`is 9.If the length of the smallest possible rational approximation exceeds

`len`, an asterisk (*) padded with spaces will be returned instead.Example conversion from matrix to string, and back again.

r = rats (hilb (4)); x = str2num (r)

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