Round up to the next integer
For the ceil
function in MATLAB^{®}, see ceil
.
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ceil(x
)
ceil
rounds a number to the next larger integer.
For complex arguments, ceil
rounds the real
and the imaginary parts separately.
For real numbers and exact expressions representing real numbers, ceil
returns
integers.
For arguments that contain symbolic identifiers, ceil
returns
unevaluated function calls.
For floatingpoint intervals, ceil
returns
floatingpoint intervals containing all the results of applying ceil
to
the real or complex numbers inside the interval.
Note: If the argument is a floatingpoint number of absolute value larger than 10^{DIGITS}, the resulting integer is affected by internal nonsignificant digits. See Example 2. 
Note:
Internally, exact numerical expressions that are neither integers
nor rational numbers are approximated by floatingpoint numbers before
rounding. Thus, the resulting integer depends on the current 
The functions are sensitive to the environment variable DIGITS
which
determines the numerical working precision.
Round the following real and complex numbers:
ceil(3.5), ceil(7/2), ceil(3 + 5/2*I)
Round the following symbolic expression representing a number:
ceil(PI*I + 7*sin(exp(2)))
Rounding of expressions with symbolic identifiers produces unevaluated function calls:
ceil(x)
Rounding floatingpoint numbers of large absolute value is affected by internal nonsignificant digits:
x := 10^30/3.0
Note that only the first 10 decimal digits are "significant". Further digits are subject to roundoff effects caused by the internal binary representation. These "insignificant" digits are part of the integer produced by rounding:
ceil(x)
delete x:
Exact numerical expressions are internally converted to floatingpoint
numbers before rounding. Consequently, the current setting of DIGITS
can
affect the result:
x := 10^30  exp(30)^ln(10)
Note that the exact value of this number is 0. Floatingpoint evaluation is subject to severe cancellations:
DIGITS := 10: float(x), ceil(x)
The floatingpoint result is more accurate when calculated with a higher precision. The rounded values change accordingly:
DIGITS := 20: float(x), ceil(x)
DIGITS := 30: float(x), ceil(x)
delete x, DIGITS:
On floatingpoint intervals, ceil
behaves
as follows:
ceil(3.5...6.7)
This interval containa the results of ceil(x)
for
all
.
Because there are finite numbers represented as RD_INF
and RD_NINF
,
respectively, ceil
returns very small or large
representable numbers in certain cases:
ceil(RD_NINF...RD_NINF)

Arithmetical expression.
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