since I am new to Wolfram Mathematica I am wondering if somebody can help me with my problem. (it is simple I guess)

Basically I would like to extract the data from a function I defined in Mathematica an write this data to a output file (for instance a .dat file)

Here's my function:

w[x_]=0.00142878 Sin[3.14159 x]

Now I would like to fill the first column of the output-file with the data of w. Therefore I did the following loop and to show you the results I displayed the output.

For[x = 0.0, x <= 1, x += 0.2, PutAppend[w[x], "w.dat"]]


My question is how it is possible to modify the output of w that:

  1. all the results have the same number of digits and

  2. to rewrite the result to ...E-19 instead of ...*^-19.

Thank you guys in advance!


1 Answer 1



Control the number of digits

format[number_, digits_ : 4] :=
   EngineeringForm[number, digits, ExponentFunction -> (If[-10 < # < 10, Null, #] &)]],
  {".*10^" -> "E", "*10^" -> "E"}]

Table[format[w[x]], {x, 0, 1, .2}]
(* {"0.", "0.0008398", "0.001359", "0.001359", "0.0008398", "1.75E-19"} *)

Table[format[w[x], 3], {x, 0, 1, .2}]
(* {"0.", "0.00084", "0.00136", "0.00136", "0.00084", "1.75E-19"} *)

Here is one way to do it

data = Table[StringReplace[ToString@FortranForm@w[x], "e" -> "E"], {x, 0, 1, .2}]
Export["data.dat", data, "Text"]

You might also want to replace 3.14159 with Pi.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you Rohit, that worked very well. The only thing I would also like to know, is how I can adjust the number of digits? Can you also help me with that? $\endgroup$
    – WM_noob5
    Jun 24, 2020 at 5:28
  • $\begingroup$ It would be nice if somebody can help me to modify the data of w so that I just export this data set with eg. four digits of each value? $\endgroup$
    – WM_noob5
    Jun 24, 2020 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ Try using NumberForm for more control over the number of digits. $\endgroup$ Jun 24, 2020 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ @WM_noob5 Added a way to control number of digits. Not sure if that is what you were looking for. $\endgroup$ Jun 24, 2020 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ @RohitThat was my bad. I am embarrassed to say that I've only just seen your comment on the control of the digits by now. First I just saw the things you wrote beneath "Here is one way to do it"... Thank you so much, you really helped me a lot $\endgroup$
    – WM_noob5
    Jun 25, 2020 at 6:47

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