Let's try to typeset a couple of numbers with a precision accuracy of 4:


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I do not want the numbers returned with *10^... therefore I use NumberForm with ExponentFunction set to Null:

NumberForm[0``4, ExponentFunction -> (Null &)]
NumberForm[1``4, ExponentFunction -> (Null &)]
NumberForm[1000000``4, ExponentFunction -> (Null &)]

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However as you can see, the 0 is still in exponent form...! It should be 0.000 much like the 1.000.

A bug?

Any ideas on how to circumvent this behaviour?

  • $\begingroup$ I wonder if this hasn't been discussed before. I'll see what I can find. Thanks for pointing out this issue. $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Dec 9 '16 at 12:27

On a circumvent side, since ExponentFunctiondoes return an exponent for 0 even after we asked not to do so, we can use the NumberFormat function to typeset it manually:

 NumberFormat -> (If[#3 =!= "", StringJoin[{#1, Table["0", Abs@ToExpression@#3 - 1]}], #1] &),
 ExponentFunction -> (Null &)]

(* 0.000 *)

Note, this will work when you want Accuracy as shown in OP question (``), not Precision (`).

  • $\begingroup$ Thankfully I did indeed mean accuracy and not precision, your workaround works thanks! An odd edge case for NumberForm. $\endgroup$ – Quantum_Oli Dec 9 '16 at 11:26

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