# View Source Decimal(Decimal v2.1.1)

Decimal arithmetic on arbitrary precision floating-point numbers.

A number is represented by a signed coefficient and exponent such that: sign * coefficient * 10 ^ exponent. All numbers are represented and calculated exactly, but the result of an operation may be rounded depending on the context the operation is performed with, see: Decimal.Context. Trailing zeros in the coefficient are never truncated to preserve the number of significant digits unless explicitly done so.

There are also special values such as NaN (not a number) and ±Infinity. -0 and +0 are two distinct values. Some operation results are not defined and will return NaN. This kind of NaN is quiet, any operation returning a number will return NaN when given a quiet NaN (the NaN value will flow through all operations).

Exceptional conditions are grouped into signals, each signal has a flag and a trap enabler in the context. Whenever a signal is triggered it's flag is set in the context and will be set until explicitly cleared. If the signal is trap enabled Decimal.Error will be raised.

## specifications Specifications

This library follows the above specifications for reference of arithmetic operation implementations, but the public APIs may differ to provide a more idiomatic Elixir interface.

The specification models the sign of the number as 1, for a negative number, and 0 for a positive number. Internally this implementation models the sign as 1 or -1 such that the complete number will be sign * coefficient * 10 ^ exponent and will refer to the sign in documentation as either positive or negative.

There is currently no maximum or minimum values for the exponent. Because of that all numbers are "normal". This means that when an operation should, according to the specification, return a number that "underflows" 0 is returned instead of Etiny. This may happen when dividing a number with infinity. Additionally, overflow, underflow and clamped may never be signalled.

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## Types

The coefficient of the power of 10. Non-negative because the sign is stored separately in sign.

The exponent to which 10 is raised.

Rounding algorithm.

• 1 for positive
• -1 for negative

This implementation models the sign as 1 or -1 such that the complete number will be: sign * coef * 10 ^ exp.

## Functions

The absolute value of given number. Sets the number's sign to positive.

Adds two numbers together.

Applies the context to the given number rounding it to specified precision.

Creates a new decimal number from an integer, string, float, or existing decimal number.

cmp(num1, num2) deprecated

Compares two numbers numerically. If the first number is greater than the second :gt is returned, if less than :lt is returned, if both numbers are equal :eq is returned.

Divides two numbers.

Divides two numbers and returns the integer part.

Integer division of two numbers and the remainder. Should be used when both div_int/2 and rem/2 is needed. Equivalent to: {Decimal.div_int(x, y), Decimal.rem(x, y)}.

Compares two numbers numerically and returns true if they are equal, otherwise false. If one of the operands is a quiet NaN this operation will always return false.

Compares two numbers numerically and returns true if they are equal, otherwise false. If one of the operands is a quiet NaN this operation will always return false.

Creates a new decimal number from a floating point number.

Compares two numbers numerically and returns true if the the first argument is greater than the second, otherwise false. If one the operands is a quiet NaN this operation will always return false.

Returns true if number is ±Infinity, otherwise false.

Returns true when the given decimal has no significant digits after the decimal point.

Returns true if argument is a decimal number, otherwise false.

Compares two numbers numerically and returns true if the the first number is less than the second number, otherwise false. If one of the operands is a quiet NaN this operation will always return false.

Compares two values numerically and returns the maximum. Unlike most other functions in Decimal if a number is NaN the result will be the other number. Only if both numbers are NaN will NaN be returned.

Compares two values numerically and returns the minimum. Unlike most other functions in Decimal if a number is NaN the result will be the other number. Only if both numbers are NaN will NaN be returned.

Multiplies two numbers.

Returns true if number is NaN, otherwise false.

Negates the given number.

Returns true if given number is negative, otherwise false.

Creates a new decimal number from an integer or a string representation.

Creates a new decimal number from the sign, coefficient and exponent such that the number will be: sign * coefficient * 10 ^ exponent.

Normalizes the given decimal: removes trailing zeros from coefficient while keeping the number numerically equivalent by increasing the exponent.

Parses a binary into a decimal.

Returns true if given number is positive, otherwise false.

Remainder of integer division of two numbers. The result will have the sign of the first number.

Rounds the given number to specified decimal places with the given strategy (default is to round to nearest one). If places is negative, at least that many digits to the left of the decimal point will be zero.

Returns the scale of the decimal.

Finds the square root.

Subtracts second number from the first. Equivalent to Decimal.add/2 when the second number's sign is negated.

Returns the decimal converted to a float.

Returns the decimal represented as an integer.

Converts given number to its string representation.

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# coefficient()

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@type coefficient() :: non_neg_integer() | :NaN | :inf

The coefficient of the power of 10. Non-negative because the sign is stored separately in sign.

• non_neg_integer - when the t represents a number, instead of one of the special values below.
• :NaN - Not a Number.
• :inf - Infinity.
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# decimal()

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@type decimal() :: t() | integer() | String.t()
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# exponent()

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@type exponent() :: integer()

The exponent to which 10 is raised.

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# rounding()

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@type rounding() ::
:down | :half_up | :half_even | :ceiling | :floor | :half_down | :up

Rounding algorithm.

See Decimal.Context for more information.

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# sign()

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@type sign() :: 1 | -1
• 1 for positive
• -1 for negative
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# signal()

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@type signal() :: :invalid_operation | :division_by_zero | :rounded | :inexact
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# t()

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@type t() :: %Decimal{coef: coefficient(), exp: exponent(), sign: sign()}

This implementation models the sign as 1 or -1 such that the complete number will be: sign * coef * 10 ^ exp.

• coef - the coefficient of the power of 10.
• exp - the exponent of the power of 10.
• sign - 1 for positive, -1 for negative.

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# abs(num)

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@spec abs(t()) :: t()

The absolute value of given number. Sets the number's sign to positive.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.abs(Decimal.new("1"))
Decimal.new("1")

iex> Decimal.abs(Decimal.new("-1"))
Decimal.new("1")

iex> Decimal.abs(Decimal.new("NaN"))
Decimal.new("NaN")
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# add(num1, num2)

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@spec add(decimal(), decimal()) :: t()

Adds two numbers together.

## exceptional-conditions Exceptional conditions

• If one number is -Infinity and the other +Infinity, :invalid_operation will be signalled.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.add(1, "1.1")
Decimal.new("2.1")

iex> Decimal.add(1, "Inf")
Decimal.new("Infinity")
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# apply_context(num)

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@spec apply_context(t()) :: t()

Applies the context to the given number rounding it to specified precision.

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# cast(integer)

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@spec cast(term()) :: {:ok, t()} | :error

Creates a new decimal number from an integer, string, float, or existing decimal number.

Because conversion from a floating point number is not exact, it's recommended to instead use new/1 or from_float/1 when the argument's type is certain. See from_float/1.

## examples Examples

iex> {:ok, decimal} = Decimal.cast(3)
iex> decimal
Decimal.new("3")

iex> Decimal.cast("bad")
:error
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# cmp(num1, num2)

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This function is deprecated. Use compare/2 instead.
@spec cmp(decimal(), decimal()) :: :lt | :eq | :gt
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# coef_length(coef)

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# coef_length(coef, length)

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# compare(num1, num2)

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@spec compare(decimal(), decimal()) :: :lt | :gt | :eq

Compares two numbers numerically. If the first number is greater than the second :gt is returned, if less than :lt is returned, if both numbers are equal :eq is returned.

Neither number can be a NaN.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.compare("1.0", 1)
:eq

iex> Decimal.compare("Inf", -1)
:gt
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# div(num1, num2)

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@spec div(decimal(), decimal()) :: t()

Divides two numbers.

## exceptional-conditions Exceptional conditions

• If both numbers are ±Infinity :invalid_operation is signalled.
• If both numbers are ±0 :invalid_operation is signalled.
• If second number (denominator) is ±0 :division_by_zero is signalled.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.div(3, 4)
Decimal.new("0.75")

iex> Decimal.div("Inf", -1)
Decimal.new("-Infinity")
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# div_int(num1, num2)

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@spec div_int(decimal(), decimal()) :: t()

Divides two numbers and returns the integer part.

## exceptional-conditions Exceptional conditions

• If both numbers are ±Infinity :invalid_operation is signalled.
• If both numbers are ±0 :invalid_operation is signalled.
• If second number (denominator) is ±0 :division_by_zero is signalled.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.div_int(5, 2)
Decimal.new("2")

iex> Decimal.div_int("Inf", -1)
Decimal.new("-Infinity")
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# div_rem(num1, num2)

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@spec div_rem(decimal(), decimal()) :: {t(), t()}

Integer division of two numbers and the remainder. Should be used when both div_int/2 and rem/2 is needed. Equivalent to: {Decimal.div_int(x, y), Decimal.rem(x, y)}.

## exceptional-conditions Exceptional conditions

• If both numbers are ±Infinity :invalid_operation is signalled.
• If both numbers are ±0 :invalid_operation is signalled.
• If second number (denominator) is ±0 :division_by_zero is signalled.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.div_rem(5, 2)
{Decimal.new(2), Decimal.new(1)}
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# eq?(num1, num2)

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@spec eq?(decimal(), decimal()) :: boolean()

Compares two numbers numerically and returns true if they are equal, otherwise false. If one of the operands is a quiet NaN this operation will always return false.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.eq?("1.0", 1)
true

iex> Decimal.eq?(1, -1)
false
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# equal?(num1, num2)

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@spec equal?(decimal(), decimal()) :: boolean()

Compares two numbers numerically and returns true if they are equal, otherwise false. If one of the operands is a quiet NaN this operation will always return false.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.equal?("1.0", 1)
true

iex> Decimal.equal?(1, -1)
false
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# from_float(float)

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@spec from_float(float()) :: t()

Creates a new decimal number from a floating point number.

Floating point numbers use a fixed number of binary digits to represent a decimal number which has inherent inaccuracy as some decimal numbers cannot be represented exactly in limited precision binary.

Floating point numbers will be converted to decimal numbers with :io_lib_format.fwrite_g/1. Since this conversion is not exact and because of inherent inaccuracy mentioned above, we may run into counter-intuitive results:

iex> Enum.reduce([0.1, 0.1, 0.1], &+/2)
0.30000000000000004

iex> Enum.reduce([Decimal.new("0.1"), Decimal.new("0.1"), Decimal.new("0.1")], &Decimal.add/2)
Decimal.new("0.3")

For this reason, it's recommended to build decimals with new/1, which is always precise, instead.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.from_float(3.14)
Decimal.new("3.14")
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# gt?(num1, num2)

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@spec gt?(decimal(), decimal()) :: boolean()

Compares two numbers numerically and returns true if the the first argument is greater than the second, otherwise false. If one the operands is a quiet NaN this operation will always return false.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.gt?("1.3", "1.2")
true

iex> Decimal.gt?("1.2", "1.3")
false
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# inf?(decimal)

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@spec inf?(t()) :: boolean()

Returns true if number is ±Infinity, otherwise false.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.inf?(Decimal.new("+Infinity"))
true

iex> Decimal.inf?(Decimal.new("-Infinity"))
true

iex> Decimal.inf?(Decimal.new("1.5"))
false
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# integer?(num)

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@spec integer?(decimal()) :: boolean()

Returns true when the given decimal has no significant digits after the decimal point.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.integer?("1.00")
true

iex> Decimal.integer?("1.10")
false
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# is_decimal(term)

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Returns true if argument is a decimal number, otherwise false.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.is_decimal(Decimal.new(42))
true

iex> Decimal.is_decimal(42)
false

Allowed in guard tests on OTP 21+.

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# lt?(num1, num2)

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@spec lt?(decimal(), decimal()) :: boolean()

Compares two numbers numerically and returns true if the the first number is less than the second number, otherwise false. If one of the operands is a quiet NaN this operation will always return false.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.lt?("1.1", "1.2")
true

iex> Decimal.lt?("1.4", "1.2")
false
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# max(num1, num2)

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@spec max(decimal(), decimal()) :: t()

Compares two values numerically and returns the maximum. Unlike most other functions in Decimal if a number is NaN the result will be the other number. Only if both numbers are NaN will NaN be returned.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.max(1, "2.0")
Decimal.new("2.0")

iex> Decimal.max(1, "NaN")
Decimal.new("1")

iex> Decimal.max("NaN", "NaN")
Decimal.new("NaN")
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# min(num1, num2)

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@spec min(decimal(), decimal()) :: t()

Compares two values numerically and returns the minimum. Unlike most other functions in Decimal if a number is NaN the result will be the other number. Only if both numbers are NaN will NaN be returned.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.min(1, "2.0")
Decimal.new("1")

iex> Decimal.min(1, "NaN")
Decimal.new("1")

iex> Decimal.min("NaN", "NaN")
Decimal.new("NaN")
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# mult(num1, num2)

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@spec mult(decimal(), decimal()) :: t()

Multiplies two numbers.

## exceptional-conditions Exceptional conditions

• If one number is ±0 and the other is ±Infinity :invalid_operation is signalled.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.mult("0.5", 3)
Decimal.new("1.5")

iex> Decimal.mult("Inf", -1)
Decimal.new("-Infinity")
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# nan?(decimal)

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@spec nan?(t()) :: boolean()

Returns true if number is NaN, otherwise false.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.nan?(Decimal.new("NaN"))
true

iex> Decimal.nan?(Decimal.new(42))
false
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# negate(num)

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@spec negate(decimal()) :: t()

Negates the given number.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.negate(1)
Decimal.new("-1")

iex> Decimal.negate("-Inf")
Decimal.new("Infinity")
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# negative?(decimal)

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@spec negative?(t()) :: boolean()

Returns true if given number is negative, otherwise false.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.negative?(Decimal.new("-42"))
true

iex> Decimal.negative?(Decimal.new("42"))
false

iex> Decimal.negative?(Decimal.new("0"))
false

iex> Decimal.negative?(Decimal.new("NaN"))
false
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# new(num)

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@spec new(decimal()) :: t()

Creates a new decimal number from an integer or a string representation.

A decimal number will always be created exactly as specified with all digits kept - it will not be rounded with the context.

## backus-naur-form Backus–Naur form

sign           ::=  "+" | "-"
digit          ::=  "0" | "1" | "2" | "3" | "4" | "5" | "6" | "7" | "8" | "9"
indicator      ::=  "e" | "E"
digits         ::=  digit [digit]...
decimal-part   ::=  digits "." [digits] | ["."] digits
exponent-part  ::=  indicator [sign] digits
infinity       ::=  "Infinity" | "Inf"
nan            ::=  "NaN" [digits]
numeric-value  ::=  decimal-part [exponent-part] | infinity
numeric-string ::=  [sign] numeric-value | [sign] nan

## floats Floats

See also from_float/1.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.new(1)
Decimal.new("1")

iex> Decimal.new("3.14")
Decimal.new("3.14")
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# new(sign, coef, exp)

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@spec new(sign :: 1 | -1, coef :: non_neg_integer() | :NaN | :inf, exp :: integer()) ::
t()

Creates a new decimal number from the sign, coefficient and exponent such that the number will be: sign * coefficient * 10 ^ exponent.

A decimal number will always be created exactly as specified with all digits kept - it will not be rounded with the context.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.new(1, 42, 0)
Decimal.new("42")
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# normalize(num)

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@spec normalize(t()) :: t()

Normalizes the given decimal: removes trailing zeros from coefficient while keeping the number numerically equivalent by increasing the exponent.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.normalize(Decimal.new("1.00"))
Decimal.new("1")

iex> Decimal.normalize(Decimal.new("1.01"))
Decimal.new("1.01")
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# parse(binary)

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@spec parse(binary()) :: {t(), binary()} | :error

Parses a binary into a decimal.

If successful, returns a tuple in the form of {decimal, remainder_of_binary}, otherwise :error.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.parse("3.14")
{%Decimal{coef: 314, exp: -2, sign: 1}, ""}

iex> Decimal.parse("3.14.15")
{%Decimal{coef: 314, exp: -2, sign: 1}, ".15"}

iex> Decimal.parse("-1.1e3")
{%Decimal{coef: 11, exp: 2, sign: -1}, ""}

iex> Decimal.parse("bad")
:error
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# positive?(decimal)

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@spec positive?(t()) :: boolean()

Returns true if given number is positive, otherwise false.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.positive?(Decimal.new("42"))
true

iex> Decimal.positive?(Decimal.new("-42"))
false

iex> Decimal.positive?(Decimal.new("0"))
false

iex> Decimal.positive?(Decimal.new("NaN"))
false
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# rem(num1, num2)

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@spec rem(decimal(), decimal()) :: t()

Remainder of integer division of two numbers. The result will have the sign of the first number.

## exceptional-conditions Exceptional conditions

• If both numbers are ±Infinity :invalid_operation is signalled.
• If both numbers are ±0 :invalid_operation is signalled.
• If second number (denominator) is ±0 :division_by_zero is signalled.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.rem(5, 2)
Decimal.new("1")
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# round(num, places \\ 0, mode \\ :half_up)

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@spec round(decimal(), integer(), rounding()) :: t()

Rounds the given number to specified decimal places with the given strategy (default is to round to nearest one). If places is negative, at least that many digits to the left of the decimal point will be zero.

See Decimal.Context for more information about rounding algorithms.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.round("1.234")
Decimal.new("1")

iex> Decimal.round("1.234", 1)
Decimal.new("1.2")
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# scale(decimal)

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@spec scale(t()) :: non_neg_integer()

Returns the scale of the decimal.

A decimal's scale is the number of digits after the decimal point. This includes trailing zeros; see normalize/1 to remove them.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.scale(Decimal.new("42"))
0

iex> Decimal.scale(Decimal.new(1, 2, 26))
0

iex> Decimal.scale(Decimal.new("99.12345"))
5

iex> Decimal.scale(Decimal.new("1.50"))
2
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# sqrt(num)

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@spec sqrt(decimal()) :: t()

Finds the square root.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.sqrt("100")
Decimal.new("10")
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# sub(num1, num2)

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@spec sub(decimal(), decimal()) :: t()

Subtracts second number from the first. Equivalent to Decimal.add/2 when the second number's sign is negated.

## exceptional-conditions Exceptional conditions

• If one number is -Infinity and the other +Infinity :invalid_operation will be signalled.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.sub(1, "0.1")
Decimal.new("0.9")

iex> Decimal.sub(1, "Inf")
Decimal.new("-Infinity")
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# to_float(decimal)

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@spec to_float(t()) :: float()

Returns the decimal converted to a float.

The returned float may have lower precision than the decimal. Fails if the decimal cannot be converted to a float.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.to_float(Decimal.new("1.5"))
1.5
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# to_integer(decimal)

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@spec to_integer(t()) :: integer()

Returns the decimal represented as an integer.

Fails when loss of precision will occur.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.to_integer(Decimal.new("42"))
42

iex> Decimal.to_integer(Decimal.new("1.00"))
1

iex> Decimal.to_integer(Decimal.new("1.10"))
** (ArgumentError) cannot convert Decimal.new("1.1") without losing precision. Use Decimal.round/3 first.
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# to_string(num, type \\ :scientific)

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@spec to_string(t(), :scientific | :normal | :xsd | :raw) :: String.t()

Converts given number to its string representation.

## options Options

• :scientific - number converted to scientific notation.
• :normal - number converted without a exponent.
• :xsd - number converted to the canonical XSD representation.
• :raw - number converted to its raw, internal format.

## examples Examples

iex> Decimal.to_string(Decimal.new("1.00"))
"1.00"

iex> Decimal.to_string(Decimal.new("123e1"), :scientific)
"1.23E+3"

iex> Decimal.to_string(Decimal.new("42.42"), :normal)
"42.42"

iex> Decimal.to_string(Decimal.new("1.00"), :xsd)
"1.0"

iex> Decimal.to_string(Decimal.new("4321.768"), :raw)
"4321768E-3"