in reply to Display floating point numbers in compact, fixed-width format

I wanted something closer to "Engineering notation".... I'd like to be able to make the width a parameter (instead of fixed at 9). Being able to go as low as 7 (or even 6) would be way cool.

this code should meet those requirements. at least, the mantissa width is fixed, the exponent width varies. it should be easy enough to modify this code to suit your needs, if you wish.

i used your test suite, too.

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; $|++; Main(); exit; ## adapted from code found at: http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/c/eng.ht +ml sub eng { my( $num, $digits )= @_; ## default to smallest number of digits allowing fixed width manti +ssa (4) $digits= defined $digits && 3 < $digits ? $digits : 4; my $neg; if( 0 > $num ) { $neg= 'true'; $num= -$num; } 0 == $num and return sprintf '+%.*fe+%s' => $digits - 1, $num, 0; my $exp= 0 != $num ## perl's log() is natural log, convert to common log ? int( log($num) / log(10) ) ## short-circuit: can't do log(0) : 0; ## tricky integer casting ahead... $exp= 0 < $exp ? int( ( int( $exp / 3 ) ) * 3 ) : int( int( ( -$exp + 3 ) / 3 ) * -3 ); $num *= 10 ** -$exp; if( 1000 <= $num ) { $num /= 1000; $exp += 3; } elsif( 100 <= $num ) { $digits -= 2; } elsif( 10 <= $num ) { $digits -= 1; } 0 <= $exp and $exp= '+' . $exp; return ( $neg ? '-' : '+' ) . sprintf '%.*fe%s' => $digits - 1, $num, $exp; } sub Main { my $digits= 2; for my $exp ( -101..-98, -11, -10..11, 98..101 ) { for my $sign ( '', '-' ) { my $num= 0 + ( $sign . "5.555555555e" . $exp ); printf "%-20s (%s)\n", $num, eng( $num, $digits ); } } for my $exp ( -10..11 ) { for my $sign ( '', '-' ) { my $num= 0 + ( $sign . "1e" . $exp ); printf "%-20s (%s)\n", $num, eng( $num, $digits ); printf "%-20s (%s)\n", 0, eng( 0, $digits ) if 1 == $num; } } }

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