# Adding 1 to the denominator of each fraction in a sequence of increasing fractions

1. Oct 21, 2012

Hello friends,

I am attempting to solve this problem for a sorting algorithm with a lot of elements in fraction form (I'm avoiding floating point operations). My question is:

Given a sequence of increasing fractions, does adding 1 to the denominator affect the ordering of th sequence?

Given the sequence for example:

1/5, 3/4, 8/10 ... a/b, x/y where x/y > a/b

If I add 1 to thye denominator:

1/(5+1) , 3 / (4+1), 8 / (10+1) ... a /(b+1), x/(y+1)

is the order of the sequence preserved?

thanks!

2. Oct 21, 2012

### CWatters

Re: Adding 1 to the denominator of each fraction in a sequence of increasing fraction

You said the fractions are increasing so this might not be an issue but..

How do you treat fractions that are equivalent eg 1/2 and 4/8. If you rank 4/8 before 1/2 then the order would change.

3. Oct 21, 2012

### CWatters

Re: Adding 1 to the denominator of each fraction in a sequence of increasing fraction