Rounding down to the next integer
This functionality does not run in MATLAB.
floor(x
)
floor
rounds a number to the next smaller
integer.
For complex arguments, rounding is applied separately to the real and the imaginary parts.
Integers are returned for real numbers and exact expressions representing real numbers.
Unevaluated function calls are returned for arguments that contain symbolic identifiers.
For floatingpoint intervals, the result will be a floatingpoint interval containing all the results of applying the rounding function to the real or complex numbers inside the interval.
If you think of x
as a floatingpoint number,
then trunc(x)
truncates the digits after the decimal
point. Thus, trunc
coincides with floor
for
real positive arguments and with ceil
for real
negative arguments, respectively.
Note: If the argument is a floatingpoint number of absolute value larger than 10^{DIGITS}, the resulting integer is affected by internal nonsignificant digits! Cf. Example 3. 
Note:
Internally, exact numerical expressions that are neither integers
nor rational numbers are approximated by floatingpoint numbers before
rounding. Thus, the resulting integer may depend on the present value
of 
The functions are sensitive to the environment variable DIGITS
which
determines the numerical working precision.
We demonstrate the rounding of real and complex numbers:
ceil(3.5), floor(3.5), round(3.5), trunc(3.5)
ceil(7/2), floor(7/2), round(7/2), trunc(7/2)
ceil(3 + 5/2*I), floor(4.3 + 7*I), round(I/2), trunc(I/2)
Also symbolic expressions representing numbers can be rounded:
x := PI*I + 7*sin(exp(2)): ceil(x), floor(x), round(x), trunc(x)
Rounding of expressions with symbolic identifiers produces unevaluated function calls:
delete x: ceil(x), floor(x  1), round(x + 1), trunc(x^2 + 3)
The call round(x, n)
serves for rounding
the n
th decimal digit of the floatingpoint representation
of x
:
round(123.456, 1), round(123.456, 2), round(123.456, 3), round(123.456, 4), round(123.456, 5)
float(exp(5)*PI), round(exp(5)*PI, 3)
The second argument may also be negative, leading to rounding of the digits to the left of the decimal point:
round(123.45, 1), round(123.45, 0), round(123.45, 1), round(123.45, 2), round(123.45, 3)
Care should be taken when rounding floatingpoint numbers of large absolute value:
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:
floor(x), ceil(x)
delete x:
Exact numerical expressions are internally converted to floating
point numbers before rounding. Consequently, the present setting of DIGITS
can
affect the result:
x := 10^30  exp(30)^ln(10)
Note that the exact value of this number is 0. Floating point evaluation is subject to severe cancellations:
DIGITS := 10: float(x), floor(x), ceil(x)
The floatingpoint result is more accurate when a higher precision is used. The rounded values change accordingly:
DIGITS := 20: float(x), floor(x), ceil(x)
DIGITS := 30: float(x), floor(x), ceil(x)
delete x, DIGITS:
On floatingpoint intervals, ceil
and floor
behave
as expected:
ceil(3.5...6.7); floor(3.5...6.7)
These intervals, as easily seen, contain the results of ceil(x)
and floor(x)
for
all
,
respectively.
Because there are finite numbers represented as RD_INF
and RD_NINF
,
respectively, ceil
and floor
return
very small or large representable numbers in certain cases:
ceil(RD_NINF...RD_NINF)

Arithmetical expression.
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