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Re: convert output from exponentional notation to normal

by kennethk (Abbot)
on Mar 19, 2013 at 15:58 UTC ( #1024327=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to convert output from exponentional notation to normal

Yes, as both previous posters said, printf/sprintf. The most flexible format choice is %g, which will swap between scientific notation and fixed decimal depending on precision and behaves most like Perl's default. %f means always use fixed decimal and %e means always use scientific.

In your case, I would probably also round numbers, since I have rarely seen the need for more the 3 significant figures for output outside of scientific computing. So my go to format here would probably "%.3g" for easy digestion, though %.8f is what meets your spec...

printf "%.8f\n", $counts / $total;

#11929 First ask yourself `How would I do this without a computer?' Then have the computer do it the same way.

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