Questions about interpretation of numeric input or how Mathematica stores and manipulates numbers internally.

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Expression of uncertainty in measurement.

I have a problem with writing a Mathematica function. I have been requested to show the results of my experiments with the measurement uncertainty (mu) like below: ...
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1answer
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How do I get Mathematica to show a number in non-exponential form? [duplicate]

Sometimes I make a calculation in Mathematica that produces a big number, which Mathematica shows like so: -1.52522*10^7 This is annoying to me, because I want ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to lower the bitwidth of (floating point) numbers?

The answer to this question will most probably be a definite no. Nevertheless, I would like to know whether it is possible to represent reals in the memory on less than the standard 32 or 64 bits ...
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1answer
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How can I change the default output number form to accounting form?

By default, large numbers are displayed in scientific form in output like 1.2345 x 10^8 in Mathematica 8.0.4, but I would prefer having numbers in accounting form ...
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1answer
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Number with no decimal mark

I'm using Mathematica to create some images and labeling them after a simple calculation done previously. As the name of the file depends on the result, I want to show it with no decimal separator ...
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1answer
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Number format in Legend Labels

I would like to use the usual (new and nice) BarLegend[] with something like BarLegend[{"LakeColors", 1/10000 {-2, 2}}] which ...
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2answers
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Fast Karatsuba Squaring, how to?

I want to improve timing of squaring for big numbers. So I asked What is the fastest way to split a number into parts and What is the most efficient way to add zeros to end of a number with several ...
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2answers
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What is the most efficient way to add zeros to end of a number?

Beside *10^n, is there a faster way to add thousands of zeros to end of a number? Updated Timings: ...
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1answer
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What is the fastest way to split a number into parts?

I have very large numbers (million digits). number = A*10^partlen + B As of now, I split the numbers by this way: ...
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2answers
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Convert a string to hex number?

How can I convert a string containing a hex number such as "6b" to a hex digit that mathematica can use to do math with? I have tried using ...
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2answers
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hexList[[1]] returns a list of decimal numbers

Sorry for not being clear about this question earlier. I appreciate the answers I got, but the edits I made should make the question more understandable. I have been working with hex in ...
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1answer
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Change number from real to integer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is this the most efficient way to round approximate integers to integers while leaving other Reals untouched? Please consider the following: ...
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2answers
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Representation of negative exponents [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Way to improve “show me this decimal number to M places, don't use scientific notation”? How can I expand e.g. number 1.*10^-8 so that there would be no ...
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2answers
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Converting numbers to integers

I've read the available documentation but I still haven't found an NumberForm -> Integer function yet. No result in this site's search, either. Does it exist? ...
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2answers
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decompose a number (less than 255) in a sum of powers of 2

Is there a built in function that would take a number and decompose it into a sum of powers of 2? The numbers will be non negative less than 256. For what it's worth I'm trying to understand a paper ...
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5answers
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Is this the most efficient way to round approximate integers to integers while leaving other Reals untouched?

This might seem like an overly simple question, but I need to specify custom plot tick marks as integers (no trailing decimal point) if they are approximately integers, but not if they are not. Using ...
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6answers
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Formatting a fraction as a mixed number

Is there a command that will take a rational number and rewrite it in a mixed-number-like form? That is, I'd like to apply a command to something like 10/7 and get ...