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Rounding off the scale value after decimal point
Perl will use the floating point library for the C compiler used to build it, so I would expect (but not guarantee) that a C interface to the database would give the same answer as the perl interface.
Double precision only has 15 or 16 significant digits, so the "4" in the right-most place is almost certainly not significant. See, for example,http://www.monash.edu.au/policy/gpnumacc.htm#SignificantFigures.
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