Assume that the output of my calculation is
a and is a number such as:
a = 100.1252135246354847;
N[a] gives me
However, when I try to save my data,
a via export such as :
My eventual filename.dat has
100.12521352463548 and not
So is the precision of digits/most significant digits for display only?
I also tried
NumberForm[a,6] and I get
NumberForm[100.1252135246354847`18.000543455259304, 6] in my data file!
What am I doing wrong?
Edit (possible solution):
I wasn't sure if I should have this in the ANSWER section because the solution may be quite trivial and may not warrant being in the answer section.
Any thoughts on that (whether or not I should answer this question or let the solution remain as an appended "edit")