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Round to a Specified Number of Significant Digits

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Rounds a numeric array to a specified number of Significant Digits. Supports real and complex numbers, five different kinds of rounding.


Updated 29 Oct 2020

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sd_round stands for "Significant Digits Round".

This program rounds a 2-d matrix of numbers to a specified number of significant digits.

This program support five different styles of rounding the last digit: to the nearest integer, up, down, toward zero, and away from zero.

This program supports real and complex numbers.

This program supports units and a three digit separator character.

The program outputs the rounded array, a cell string of the rounded matrix, the number of digits, to the left and right of the decimal place.

This program is useful for presenting scientific data that requires rounding to a specified number of significant digits for publication.

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Edward Zechmann (2021). Round to a Specified Number of Significant Digits (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (7)


Edward Zechmann

Roundn is in the Mapping Toolbox which costs approximately $1,000.00 for a single user license. It is much simpler; however, it has fewer features and costs $1,000.00. The syntax for using roundn is reproduced from the Mathworks website to help anyone who reads this comment thread. Please let me know if a program with the simple syntax of Roundn would be of benefit to the Matlab Central Users Community.

roundn - Round to multiple of 10n


roundn(x,n) rounds each element of x to the nearest multiple of 10n. The variable n must be scalar, and integer-valued. For complex x, the imaginary and real parts are rounded independently. For n = 0, roundn gives the same result as round. That is, roundn(x,0) == round(x).

Humayun Kathuria

Guys! Use "roundn" if you want to use a simple MATLAB built-in function.



Is it a bug that:

sd_round(1.5000, 2)

==> 1.5000

I hoped for 1.5 as result.

Edward Zechmann

Dimitri, this submission fixed the error for rounding numbers less than 1. There is an additional example. The number of digits to the left and right of the decimal point is recalcualted after rounding, because rounding can affect the number of digits to the left and right of the decimal point. Please post a comment or send me an e-mail if you find any more bugs or have any questions. Thanks for your previous comments.

Dimitri Shvorob

.. So how does your submission improve on the older ones?

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2007b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux

Inspired by: round2, FIX2, ROUND2

Inspired: Round with significant digits

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