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  ANSI Common Lisp   2 Syntax   2.3 Interpretation of Tokens   2.3.2 Constructing Numbers from Tokens Syntax of a Complex

A complex has a Cartesian structure, with a real part and an imaginary part each of which is a real. The parts of a complex are not necessarily floats but both parts must be of the same type: either both are rationals, or both are of the same float subtype. When constructing a complex, if the specified parts are not the same type, the parts are converted to be the same type internally (i.e., the rational part is converted to a float). An object of type (complex rational) is converted internally and represented thereafter as a rational if its imaginary part is an integer whose value is 0.

For further information, see Section Sharpsign C and Section Printing Complexes.

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