And I promise you, no one will ask how much 2.25 cups of flour weighs. It isn't natural. They'll ask for 2 and a quarter cups. If you don't present your skill the way people actually talk, you're going to fail. I could care less about banking. Just saying... Look. Ryan's original question in this thread was about fractions. We're discussing it and trying to help. There are plenty of use cases where people naturally use fractions. If you don't care about interpreting fractions, why are you posting here?
No one will or would say "Alexa, put 10 dollars and an 1/8 of a dollar in my account." haha I can care less about the stock market, I'm talk about how HUMANS will wind up speaking to your skill. If the speech isn't natural, you are in 1 star land... I promise. Just saying...
"How to get alexa to understand fractions/decimal numbers?" says NOTHING about "interpretation", it does speak very clearly to the topic of fractions. I was simply pointing out that all the money skills skipping fractions make them unusable. That's why I am posting here. btw... it's the effin internet, I can post wherever I want to ;)
I'm NOT working on a money skill, although I will point out that the fractions you list are just as exact as decimals. 1/2 is 0.5, 1/4 is 0.25, and 1/8 is 0.125. Those are exactly equivalent. In fact, speaking of money, traditionally stock prices were quoted with fractions.
I could try that, but it would leave out the cases when someone says "a half" (especially in "one and a half"), "a third", "a quarter", or "an eighth". Interestingly, the way I have things set up now, if you say "one eighth", I get "1/8" (again, with that unicode fraction slash), but if you say "an eighth", I get "an eighth". So I'm accounting for that.