**Section:** 29.6.8.6.2 [rand.dist.samp.pconst] **Status:** C++11
**Submitter:** INCITS **Opened:** 2010-08-25 **Last modified:** 2016-02-10

**Priority: **Not Prioritized

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**Discussion:**

**Addresses US-134**

These two distributions have a member function called
`densities()` which returns a `vector<double>`. The
distribution is templated on `RealType`. The distribution
also has another member called `intervals()` which returns
a `vector<RealType>`. Why doesn't densities return
`vector<RealType>` as well? If `RealType` is `long double`,
the computed densities property isn't being computed to
the precision the client desires. If `RealType` is `float`, the
densities vector is taking up twice as much space as the client desires.

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Resolution proposed by ballot comment:
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Change the piecewise constant and linear distributions to hold / return the densities in a

vector<result_type>.If this is not done, at least correct 29.6.8.6.2 [rand.dist.samp.pconst] p. 13 which describes the return of densities as a

vector<result_type>.

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Batavia 2010: After reviewing this issue, the working group concurred with the first of the
suggestions proposed by the NB comment: "Change the piecewise constant and linear distributions
to hold/return the densities in a vector. "
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Adopted at 2010-11 Batavia
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**Proposed resolution:**

- Change 29.6.8.6.2 [rand.dist.samp.pconst] p. 2, class template
`piecewise_constant_distribution`synopsis and the prototype description 29.6.8.6.2 [rand.dist.samp.pconst] before p. 13 as indicated:vector<

~~double~~result_type> densities() const; - Change 29.6.8.6.3 [rand.dist.samp.plinear] p. 2, class template
`piecewise_linear_distribution`synopsis and the prototype description 29.6.8.6.3 [rand.dist.samp.plinear] before p. 13 as indicated:vector<

~~double~~result_type> densities() const;