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Truncating fractions

Asked by Raviteja on 7 Apr 2011
If A I have like this
>> A=[0.0001 -0.0012 1.0005 0.0040 1.4125]
A =
    0.0001   -0.0012    1.0005    0.0040    1.4125

I want to have A values like this

0.00   0.00    1.00   0.00    1.41

How to do in MATLAB ?


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3 Answers

Answer by Loginatorist on 7 Apr 2011
 Accepted Answer

Ar = round(A*100)/100




Raviteja, the above command does store your values as you want. The problem is not with the values, but with how the values are displayed in MATLAB. You cannot make MATLAB display the values in just any way you want. The closest you can get is:

format bank
Ar = round(A*100)/100
Ab = abs(A)  %This looks like what you want, but the full value is there.


>> Ar=round(A*100)/100

Ar =

0 0 1.0000 0 1.4100

It looks like it is working to me. Did you mean that you want to print out the array? That is a different question.

sprintf('%3.2f ',abs(A.'))

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Answer by Oleg Komarov on 7 Apr 2011

Matt's solution is working. Your question isn't specific enough. You want to display, and not to truncate.

A=[0.0001 -0.0012 1.0005 0.0040 1.4125]
sprintf('%4.2f ',A)



I dont need display, I want to make values only like this
0.00 0.00 1.00 0.00 1.41

more over if I want to store
Ar=sprintf('%4.2f ',A);
It making Ar as char.

This is not what I want.
I need "double" values which exactly comes like
0.00 0.00 1.00 0.00 1.41

Raviteja, it is impossible for binary value representation in *any* programming language to store 1.41 _exactly_.

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Answer by Walter Roberson
on 7 Apr 2011

What you would like to do cannot be done in any finite binary number representation system. 1/10 is an infinitely repeating number in binary, just the same way that 1/7 is an infinitely repeating number in decimal.

You can represent A to two decimal places as character strings for display purposes, but you will not be able to truncate to two decimal places numerically in binary.

>> sprintf('%.53g', 1.41)
ans =


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