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## Floating point numbers

Floating point numbers (also known as "floats", "doubles", or "real numbers") can be specified using any of the following syntaxes:

```<?php \$a = 1.234; \$b = 1.2e3; \$c = 7E-10;?>```

Formally:

```LNUM          [0-9]+ DNUM          ([0-9]*[\.]{LNUM}) | ({LNUM}[\.][0-9]*) EXPONENT_DNUM [+-]?(({LNUM} | {DNUM}) [eE][+-]? {LNUM})```

The size of a float is platform-dependent, although a maximum of ~1.8e308 with a precision of roughly 14 decimal digits is a common value (the 64 bit IEEE format).

Warning

# Floating point precision

It is typical that simple decimal fractions like 0.1 or 0.7 cannot be converted into their internal binary counterparts without a small loss of precision. This can lead to confusing results: for example, floor((0.1+0.7)*10) will usually return 7 instead of the expected 8, since the internal representation will be something like 7.9.

This is due to the fact that it is impossible to express some fractions in decimal notation with a finite number of digits. For instance, 1/3 in decimal form becomes 0.3.

So never trust floating number results to the last digit, and never compare floating point numbers for equality. If higher precision is necessary, the arbitrary precision math functions and gmp functions are available.

### Converting to float

For information on converting string s to float , see String conversion to numbers. For values of other types, the conversion is performed by converting the value to integer first and then to float . See Converting to integer for more information. As of PHP 5, a notice is thrown if an object is converted to float .

User Contributed Notes
Floating point numbers
zelko at mojeime dot com
05-Jun-2010 08:43
```The was talk about "converting" 32 and 64 bit IEEE754 binary numbers to PHP float. The issue isn't as much converting, since they are already in binary form, as it is casting. PHP doesn't allow direct accessing of memory, but you can still get around a bit. The right was to read floats (32 and 64 bit) is this: <?php     \$binarydata32 = pack('H*','0EC0A14A');     \$float32 = unpack("f", \$binarydata32);         \$binarydata64 = pack('H*','000000C001385441');     \$float64 = unpack("d", \$binarydata64);         var_dump(\$float32,\$float64,\$float32==\$float64);   ?> The result of dump(): <?php  array(1) {   =>   float(5300231) } array(1) {   =>   float(5300231) } bool(true) ?> Note: mind the Big and Little endian boys```
magicaltux at php dot net
02-Jun-2010 02:02
```In some cases you may want to get the maximum value for a float without getting "INF". var_dump(1.8e308); will usually show: float(INF) I wrote a tiny function that will iterate in order to find the biggest non-infinite float value. It comes with a configurable multiplicator and affine values so you can share more CPU to get a more accurate estimate. I haven't seen better values with more affine, but well, the possibility is here so if you really thing it's worth the cpu time, just try to affine more. Best results seems to be with mul=2/affine=1. You can play with the values and see what you get. The good thing is this method will work on any system. <?php   function float_max(\$mul = 2, \$affine = 1) {     \$max = 1; \$omax = 0;     while((string)\$max != 'INF') { \$omax = \$max; \$max *= \$mul; }     for(\$i = 0; \$i < \$affine; \$i++) {       \$pmax = 1; \$max = \$omax;       while((string)\$max != 'INF') {         \$omax = \$max;         \$max += \$pmax;         \$pmax *= \$mul;       }     }     return \$omax;   } ?>```
inforsci at gmail dot com
28-Apr-2010 06:48
```convert 32bit HEX values into IEEE 754 floating point <?php \$strHex = "C45F82ED"; \$bin = str_pad(base_convert(\$strHex, 16, 2), 32, "0", STR_PAD_LEFT); \$sign = \$bin; \$exp = bindec(substr(\$bin, 1, 8)) - 127; \$man = (2 << 22) + bindec(substr(\$bin, 9, 23)); \$dec = \$man * pow(2, \$exp - 23) * (\$sign ? -1 : 1); echo "Answer = " . \$dec . "<BR>\n"; ?>```
Anonymous
26-Apr-2010 06:48
```Calculations involving float types become inaccurate when it deals with numbers with more than approximately 8 digits long where ever the decimal point is.  This is because of how 32bit floats are commonly stored in memory.  This means if you rely on float types while working with tiny fractions or large numbers, your calculations can end up between tiny fractions to several trillion off. This usually won't matter when converting to binary memory storage form and editing many applications' float memory addresses directly, or dealing with smaller length numbers.  But if you're working with larger scale numbers and decimals, it's best to switch to working with other types: https://doc0.ru/phpe/refs.math.php```
pyrosphere
02-Apr-2010 10:47
`While testing equality between two floats is usually a bad idea, if you learn how floats work on computers, you should be able to figure out when testing for equality will work and when it won't, and use this knowledge to know where you can avoid unnecessary checks that could be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Remember, rules were made to be broken, and in the real world sometimes they have to be.`
pgarvin76+phpmanual at gmail dot com
13-Jan-2010 03:36
```When converting from float to string trailing zeros will be dropped. Consider the following example. Tested on PHP 5.3.1. <?php \$a = 5.00500; \$b = 30.00; echo "a = \$a\n"; echo "b = \$b\n"; /* outputs: a = 5.005 b = 30 */ ?>```
francois dot barbier at gmail dot com
13-Aug-2009 03:49
```As "m dot lebkowski+php at gmail dot com" (http://www.php.net/language.types.float#81416) noted 9 comments below : When PHP converts a float to a string, the decimal separator used depends on the current locale conventions. However, to declare a floating point number, one must always use a full stop otherwhise the code would be locale dependent (imagine the nightmare): <?php \$float = 1.5;           // float(1.5) \$float = 1,5;           // Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ',' \$float = (float) '1.5'; // float(1.5) \$float = (float) '1,5'; // float(1) ?> Now, if you have a string containing a localized number, you can convert it back to a floating point number using the following function: <?php /**  * Convert a localized number string into a floating point number  *  * @param      string \$sNumber The localized number string to convert.  * @return     float The converted number.  */ function str2num(\$sNumber) {     \$aConventions = localeConv();     \$sNumber = trim((string) \$sNumber);     \$bIsNegative = (0 === \$aConventions['n_sign_posn'] && '(' === \$sNumber{0} && ')' === \$sNumber{strlen(\$sNumber) - 1});     \$sCharacters = \$aConventions['decimal_point'].                    \$aConventions['mon_decimal_point'].                    \$aConventions['negative_sign'];     \$sNumber = preg_replace('/[^'.preg_quote(\$sCharacters).'\d]+/', '', trim((string) \$sNumber));     \$iLength = strlen(\$sNumber);     if (strlen(\$aConventions['decimal_point']))     {         \$sNumber = str_replace(\$aConventions['decimal_point'], '.', \$sNumber);     }     if (strlen(\$aConventions['mon_decimal_point']))     {         \$sNumber = str_replace(\$aConventions['mon_decimal_point'], '.', \$sNumber);     }     \$sNegativeSign = \$aConventions['negative_sign'];     if (strlen(\$sNegativeSign) && 0 !== \$aConventions['n_sign_posn'])     {         \$bIsNegative = (\$sNegativeSign === \$sNumber{0} || \$sNegativeSign === \$sNumber{\$iLength - 1});         if (\$bIsNegative)         {             \$sNumber = str_replace(\$aConventions['negative_sign'], '', \$sNumber);         }     }     \$fNumber = (float) \$sNumber;     if (\$bIsNegative)     {         \$fNumber = -\$fNumber;     }     return \$fNumber; } ?> Example: <?php setLocale(LC_ALL, 'fr_BE.UTF-8'); // decimal separator is now a comma \$float = -123456.789; \$string = (string) \$float; var_dump(\$float);           // float(-123456,789) var_dump(\$string);          // string(11) "-123456,789" var_dump((float) \$string);  // float(-123456) var_dump(str2num(\$string)); // float(-123456,789) ?> It also works with strings returned by the number_format() function: <?php setLocale(LC_ALL, 'fr_BE.UTF-8'); // decimal separator is now a comma \$conv = localeconv(); \$float = -123456.789; \$string = \$conv['int_curr_symbol'].number_format(\$float, \$conv['frac_digits'], \$conv['decimal_point'], \$conv['thousands_sep']); var_dump(\$float);           // float(-123456,789) var_dump(\$string);          // string(15) "EUR -123.456,79" var_dump((float) \$string);  // float(0) var_dump(str2num(\$string)); // float(-123456,79) ?>```
rob at willo dot org
03-Jun-2009 04:18
```PHP will parse ".123" with no leading digit; just a decimal point. For a command-line example: php -r "echo 1 + .123;" The regular expression provided above does not parse it. My correction is: EXPONENT_DNUM = "[+-]?({DNUM} | ({LNUM} | {DNUM}) [eE][+-]? {LNUM})" NOTE: {LNUM} by itself is an integer, not a floating point.```
Bob
08-May-2009 05:04
```Here is a function to convert an exponential-format float to a decimal-format float; e.g. 1.6e+12 to 1600000000000. It will help addressing the problem specified by kjohnson above. I have tested it, but not in any real world situation so any feedback/improvements/bug-reports would be appreciated. <?php function exp_to_dec(\$float_str) // formats a floating point number string in decimal notation, supports signed floats, also supports non-standard formatting e.g. 0.2e+2 for 20 // e.g. '1.6E+6' to '1600000', '-4.566e-12' to '-0.000000000004566', '+34e+10' to '340000000000' // Author: Bob {     // make sure its a standard php float string (i.e. change 0.2e+2 to 20)     // php will automatically format floats decimally if they are within a certain range     \$float_str = (string)((float)(\$float_str));     // if there is an E in the float string     if((\$pos = strpos(strtolower(\$float_str), 'e')) !== false)     {         // get either side of the E, e.g. 1.6E+6 => exp E+6, num 1.6         \$exp = substr(\$float_str, \$pos+1);         \$num = substr(\$float_str, 0, \$pos);                 // strip off num sign, if there is one, and leave it off if its + (not required)         if(((\$num_sign = \$num) === '+') || (\$num_sign === '-')) \$num = substr(\$num, 1);         else \$num_sign = '';         if(\$num_sign === '+') \$num_sign = '';                 // strip off exponential sign ('+' or '-' as in 'E+6') if there is one, otherwise throw error, e.g. E+6 => '+'         if(((\$exp_sign = \$exp) === '+') || (\$exp_sign === '-')) \$exp = substr(\$exp, 1);         else trigger_error("Could not convert exponential notation to decimal notation: invalid float string '\$float_str'", E_USER_ERROR);                 // get the number of decimal places to the right of the decimal point (or 0 if there is no dec point), e.g., 1.6 => 1         \$right_dec_places = ((\$dec_pos = strpos(\$num, '.')) === false) ? 0 : strlen(substr(\$num, \$dec_pos+1));         // get the number of decimal places to the left of the decimal point (or the length of the entire num if there is no dec point), e.g. 1.6 => 1         \$left_dec_places = (\$dec_pos === false) ? strlen(\$num) : strlen(substr(\$num, 0, \$dec_pos));                 // work out number of zeros from exp, exp sign and dec places, e.g. exp 6, exp sign +, dec places 1 => num zeros 5         if(\$exp_sign === '+') \$num_zeros = \$exp - \$right_dec_places;         else \$num_zeros = \$exp - \$left_dec_places;                 // build a string with \$num_zeros zeros, e.g. '0' 5 times => '00000'         \$zeros = str_pad('', \$num_zeros, '0');                 // strip decimal from num, e.g. 1.6 => 16         if(\$dec_pos !== false) \$num = str_replace('.', '', \$num);                 // if positive exponent, return like 1600000         if(\$exp_sign === '+') return \$num_sign.\$num.\$zeros;         // if negative exponent, return like 0.0000016         else return \$num_sign.'0.'.\$zeros.\$num;     }     // otherwise, assume already in decimal notation and return     else return \$float_str; } ?>```
Bob
08-May-2009 03:34
```In MySQL, many floating point number types can have a range specified using 2 values, the "precision" and the "scale" E.g. 'float(precision,scale)' for the datatype. This syntax means a number may be <precision> bits long, but may only have <scale> bits after the decimal point. E.g. a 'float(5,2)' field may have the values -999.99 to 999.99. Here is a function to validate a PHP float using this syntax: <?php function validate_float(\$float, \$precision, \$scale) {     \$max = (float)str_pad("", \$precision-\$scale, '9').'.'.str_pad("", \$scale, '9');     \$min = (float)"-\$max";     if((\$float < \$min) || (\$float > \$max)) return false;     else return true; } ?>```
mriviera at videostrip dot com
26-Mar-2009 09:21
```Converting IEEE754 64 bit binary to PHP float: <?php     \$v = hexdec('402E1CAC083126E9');     \$x = ((\$v & ((1 << 52) - 1)) + ( 1 << 52)) * (\$v >> 63 | 1);     \$exp = (\$v >> 52 & 0x7FF) - 1075;     \$float = \$x * pow(2, \$exp); ?>```
Boylett
25-Mar-2009 06:06
```I had trouble with comparing floats. Basicly, I was reading floats from a database, and comparing with other floats from a database, and ended up with (5.0 != 5.0) being true. Anyway, i made some simple functions which fix the problem: <?php function floatcmp(\$f1,\$f2,\$precision = 10) // are 2 floats equal {     \$e = pow(10,\$precision);     \$i1 = intval(\$f1 * \$e);     \$i2 = intval(\$f2 * \$e);     return (\$i1 == \$i2); } function floatgtr(\$big,\$small,\$precision = 10) // is one float bigger than another {     \$e = pow(10,\$precision);     \$ibig = intval(\$big * \$e);     \$ismall = intval(\$small * \$e);     return (\$ibig > \$ismall); } function floatgtre(\$big,\$small,\$precision = 10) // is on float bigger or equal to another {     \$e = pow(10,\$precision);     \$ibig = intval(\$big * \$e);     \$ismall = intval(\$small * \$e);     return (\$ibig >= \$ismall); } ?>```
info at forrest79 dot net
10-Feb-2009 08:55
```My BIN to FLOAT (IEEE754), the first one doesn't work for me: <?php         function binToFloat(\$bin) {             if(strlen(\$bin) > 32) {                 return false;             } else if(strlen(\$bin) < 32) {                 \$bin = str_repeat('0', (32 - strlen(\$bin))) . \$bin;             }             \$sign = 1;             if(intval(\$bin) == 1) {                 \$sign = -1;             }             \$binExponent = substr(\$bin, 1, 8);             \$exponent = -127;             for(\$i = 0; \$i < 8; \$i++) {                 \$exponent += (intval(\$binExponent[7 - \$i]) * pow(2, \$i));             }             \$binBase = substr(\$bin, 9);                        \$base = 1.0;             for(\$x = 0; \$x < 23; \$x++) {                 \$base += (intval(\$binBase[\$x]) * pow(0.5, (\$x + 1)));             }             \$float = (float) \$sign * pow(2, \$exponent) * \$base;             return \$float;         } ?>```
an dot kovacs at gmail dot com
09-Jun-2008 04:59
```Converting IEEE754 binary representation to php float: function bin2float (\$bin) {     if((ord(\$bin)>>7)==0) \$sign=1;     else \$sign=-1;     if((ord(\$bin)>>6)%2==1) \$exponent=1;     else \$exponent=-127;     \$exponent+=(ord(\$bin)%64)*2;     \$exponent+=ord(\$bin)>>7;         \$base=1.0;     for(\$k=1;\$k<8;\$k++) {      \$base+=((ord(\$bin)>>(7-\$k))%2)*pow(0.5,\$k);     }     for(\$k=0;\$k<8;\$k++) {      \$base+=((ord(\$bin)>>(7-\$k))%2)*pow(0.5,\$k+8);     }     for(\$k=0;\$k<8;\$k++) {      \$base+=((ord(\$bin)>>(7-\$k))%2)*pow(0.5,\$k+16);     }         \$float=(float)\$sign*pow(2,\$exponent)*\$base;     return \$float; }```
kjohnson at zootweb dot com
02-Jun-2008 07:23
```PHP switches from the standard decimal notation to exponential notation for certain "special" floats. You can see a partial list of such "special" values with this: <?php for( \$tmp = 0, \$i = 0; \$i < 100; \$i++ ) {     \$tmp += 100000;     echo round(\$tmp),"\n"; } ?> So, if you add two floats, end up with a "special" value, e.g. 1.2E+6, then put that value unmodified into an update query to store the value in a decimal column, say, you will likely get a failed transaction, since the database will see "1.2E+6" as varchar data, not decimal. Likewise, you will likely get an XSD validation error if you put the value into xml. I have to be honest: this is one of the strangest things I have seen in any language in over 20 years of coding, and it is a colossal pain to work around.```
m dot lebkowski+php at gmail dot com
27-Feb-2008 09:18
```Just another note about the locales. Consider the following code: <?php     // in polish locale decimal separator is ","     setlocale(LC_ALL, "pl_PL");     \$a = 5/2;     echo (float)(string)\$a;     /// prints "2", so the decimal part is dropped ?> This causes very serious problems in my opinion. In some locale combination the typecasting can be destructive. Maybe when locale decimal separator is ",", then (float)"2,5" should be recognized as "two and a half"? Anyway - bare that in mind and be very careful when casting floats to strings and back.```
helly at php dot net
22-Oct-2007 07:10
```Floating point values have a limited precision. Hence a value might not have the same string representation after any processing. That also includes writing a floating point value in your script and directly printing it without any mathematical operations. If you would like to know more about "floats" and what IEEE 754 is read this: http://docs.sun.com/source/806-3568/ncg_goldberg.html```
sinuhet
14-Nov-2006 04:04
```<?php         define('EPSILON', 1.0e-8);         function real_cmp(\$r1, \$r2)         {                 \$diff = \$r1 - \$r2;                 if( abs(\$diff) < EPSILON )                         return 0;                 else                         return \$diff < 0 ? -1 : 1;         }         function real_lt(\$r1, \$r2)         {                 return real_cmp(\$r1, \$r2) < 0;         }         echo "raw compare\n";         \$n = 0;         for(\$i = 0.1; \$i < 1.0; \$i += 0.1) {                 \$n++;                 echo "\$i\t\$n\n";         }         echo "\nepsilon compare\n";         \$n = 0;         for(\$i = 0.1; real_lt(\$i, 1.0); \$i += 0.1) {                 \$n++;                 echo "\$i\t\$n\n";         } /*         Outputs:         raw compare         0.1     1         0.2     2         0.3     3         0.4     4         0.5     5         0.6     6         0.7     7         0.8     8         0.9     9         1       10         epsilon compare         0.1     1         0.2     2         0.3     3         0.4     4         0.5     5         0.6     6         0.7     7         0.8     8         0.9     9 */ ?> So moral of this program? "Never compare floating point numbers for equality" solves only half of the problem. As seen above, even raw comparing of floats for less than (or grater than) is dangerous and epsilon (round, etc.) must be used.```
TAS
27-Jul-2006 11:02
```An update regarding the james dot cridland at virginradio dot co dot uk note below, I recently tried his formula using PHP 5 and it is necessary to specify the integer precision when using the round function, otherwise the output will be 0. <? echo round((69.1-floor(69.1))); ?> // prints 0 <? echo round((69.1-floor(69.1)), 1); ?> // prints 0.1 Also, it appears that "small numbers" include everything up to 64.0.  So that <? echo (63.1-floor(63.1)); ?> will print 0.1 and <? echo (64.0-floor(64.0)); ?> will print 0, but <? echo round(64.1-floor(64.1)); ?> will print 0.099999999999994.```
david at davidmosesNO dot SPAM dot ca
25-Mar-2006 09:48
```Re: rick at ninjafoo dot com There is no need to �__always�__ use the BCMath functions. We just need to heed the documentation and �__never compare floating point numbers for equality�__. The reason (19.6*100) !== (double)1960, is because inside a computer they are not equal. Try this: <?php printf("%.15f", (19.6*100)); ?> Outputs: 1960.000000000000227 (not 1960 as somewhat expected) If comparison is required a few options come to mind (other than BCMath): 1) Round numbers before comparison: <?php \$sig_figs = 5; echo (round((19.6*100), \$sig_figs) !== round((double)1960, \$sig_figs)) ? 'not equal' : 'equal'; ?> Outputs: equal 2) Another method is to use a tolerance value, and consider numbers equal if their difference is less than the tolerance.```
Luzian
17-Nov-2005 08:03
```Be careful when using float values in strings that are used as code later, for example when generating JavaScript code or SQL statements. The float is actually formatted according to the browser's locale setting, which means that "0.23" will result in "0,23". Imagine something like this: \$x = 0.23; \$js = "var foo = doBar(\$x);"; print \$js; This would result in a different result for users with some locales. On most systems, this would print: var foo = doBar(0.23); but when for example a user from Germany arrives, it would be different: var foo = doBar(0,23); which is obviously a different call to the function. JavaScript won't state an error, additional arguments are discarded without notice, but the function doBar(a) would get 0 as parameter. Similar problems could arise anywhere else (SQL, any string used as code somewhere else). The problem persists, if you use the "." operator instead of evaluating the variable in the string. So if you REALLY need to be sure to have the string correctly formatted, use number_format() to do it!```
TRI0N
24-Sep-2005 02:01
```Here is a simple formula to break down a number and get rid of the decimal values.  I built this to take a number in seconds and convert it to a readable value for Server Uptimes. <?php \$day = floor((\$uptime / 86400)*1.0) ; \$calc1 = \$day * 86400 ; \$calc2 = \$uptime - \$calc1 ; \$hour = floor((\$calc2 / 3600)*1.0) ; if (\$hour < 10) { \$hour = "0".\$hour ; } \$calc3 = \$hour * 3600 ; \$calc4 = \$calc2 - \$calc3 ; \$min = floor((\$calc4 / 60)*1.0) ; if (\$min < 10) { \$min = "0".\$min ; } \$calc5 = \$min * 60 ; \$sec = floor((\$calc4 - \$calc5)*1.0) ; if (\$min < 10) { \$sec = "0".\$sec ; } \$uptime2 = \$day." Days, ".\$hour.":".\$min.":".\$sec ; ?> Place this where you want the results to be seen: <?php echo \$uptime2 ; ?> For a Value of 1455587 seconds the results will show as followed: 16 Days, 20:19:47 Enjoy```
rick at ninjafoo dot com
06-Jul-2005 08:04
```Concider the following: (19.6*100) != 1960  echo gettype(19.6*100) returns 'double', However even ..... (19.6*100) !== (double)1960 19.6*100 cannot be compaired to anything without manually casting it as something else first. (string)(19.6*100) == 1960 Rule of thumb, if it has a decimal point, use the BCMath functions.```
feline at NOSPAM dot penguin dot servehttp dot com
13-Aug-2004 01:36
`General computing hint: If you're keeping track of money, do yourself and your users the favor of handling everything internally in cents and do as much math as you can in integers. Store values in cents if at all possible. Add and subtract in cents. At every operation that wii involve floats, ask yourself "what will happen in the real world if I get a fraction of a cent here" and if the answer is that this operation will generate a transaction in integer cents, do not try to carry fictional fractional accuracy that will only screw things up later.`
gallico_ at hotmail dot com
07-Sep-2003 03:34
```To complete the thread about testing two floating point numbers for equality, here's the way it works for *every* programming language: <?php // two fp numbers should be considered equal if their absolute // difference does not exceed a certain value epsilon: \$epsilon = 0.0001; // this defines the precision of your comparision // check their absolute difference if (abs(\$one_float - \$another_float) < \$epsilon)    // what to be done in case the numbers are equal goes here ?>```
james dot cridland at virginradio dot co dot uk
28-Apr-2003 02:44
```The 'floating point precision' box in practice means: <? echo (69.1-floor(69.1)); ?> Think this'll return 0.1? It doesn't - it returns 0.099999999999994 <? echo round((69.1-floor(69.1))); ?> This returns 0.1 and is the workaround we use. Note that <? echo (4.1-floor(4.1)); ?> *does* return 0.1 - so if you, like us, test this with low numbers, you won't, like us, understand why all of a sudden your script stops working, until you spend a lot of time, like us, debugging it. So, that's all lovely then.```
dev at maintainfit dot com
15-Apr-2003 06:27
`I was programming an accounting application in MySql that required me to sum a collection of floats and ensure that they equal zero before commiting a transaction, but as seen above a sum of floats cannot always be trusted (as was my case).  I kept getting a very small remainder (like 1.4512431231e-14).  Since I had used number_format(num,2) to set the precision of the numbers in the database to only two (2) decimal places, when the time comes to calculate the sum I simply multiply every number by ten (10), therby eliminating and decimal places and leaving me with integers to preform my sum.  This worked great.`
01-Apr-2003 10:20
```In response to "...the author probably knows what they are talking about..." above: Of course the author knows what they're talking about. The previous poster missunderstood the semantics of the author's example of the decimal representation of 1/3. The author is not suggesting that some property of decimal numbers causes the behaviour, but that the property of finite binary representations of real numbers which does cause the problem is shared by finite decimal representations. To paraphrase, the author is saying "10*(0.1+0.7) gives 7.99999... because of the binary equivalent of the fact that 1/3+2/3 gives 0.99999... when using finite decimal representations (where 1/3 == 0.33333... and 2/3 == 0.66666..., so 1/3+2/3 == (0.33333...)+(0.66666...) == 0.99999... instead of 1)." The problem occurs with finite representations of real numbers, regardless of base of the number system used.```
Theo Diem
26-Mar-2003 06:35
```Just to mention .... \$something = "12.20"; \$value = (float) \$something; Depending you locale settings (see setlocale) this will return a float number 12.2 or 12 (without decimal part, if you locale uses another symbol than dot for decimal part) Be aware if u are working with PHP using one locale setting (by setlocale) and a SQL database with other locale ....```
Julian Suggate
10-Mar-2003 02:22
```Never never never compare floats for equality! Even a >= is asking too much of any binary computer (that's pretty much all of them ;-). It will sometimes work, but the best you can hope for is a subtle bug that will occasionally cause non-deterministic behaviour. Floats must only ever be used for proper inequalities.```
backov at spotbrokers-nospamplz dot com
05-Mar-2003 09:16
```I'd like to point out a "feature" of PHP's floating point support that isn't made clear anywhere here, and was driving me insane. This test (where var_dump says that \$a=0.1 and \$b=0.1) if (\$a>=\$b) echo "blah!"; Will fail in some cases due to hidden precision (standard C problem, that PHP docs make no mention of, so I assumed they had gotten rid of it). I should point out that I originally thought this was an issue with the floats being stored as strings, so I forced them to be floats and they still didn't get evaluated properly (probably 2 different problems there). To fix, I had to do this horrible kludge (the equivelant of anyway): if (round(\$a,3)>=round(\$b,3)) echo "blah!"; THIS works. Obviously even though var_dump says the variables are identical, and they SHOULD BE identical (started at 0.01 and added 0.001 repeatedly), they're not. There's some hidden precision there that was making me tear my hair out. Perhaps this should be added to the documentation?```
www.sarioz.com
05-Feb-2003 06:49
```just a comment on something the "Floating point precision" inset, which goes: "This is related to .... 0.3333333." While the author probably knows what they are talking about, this loss of precision has nothing to do with decimal notation, it has to do with representation as a floating-point binary in a finite register, such as while 0.8 terminates in decimal, it is the repeating 0.110011001100... in binary, which is truncated.  0.1 and 0.7 are also non-terminating in binary, so they are also truncated, and the sum of these truncated numbers does not add up to the truncated binary representation of 0.8 (which is why (floor)(0.8*10) yields a different, more intuitive, result).  However, since 2 is a factor of 10, any number that terminates in binary also terminates in decimal.```
27-Sep-2002 06:45
```much easier:      e.g. round(3.1415927,2) => 3.14         round(1092,-2) => 1100```
jeroen at php dot net
24-May-2001 02:13
```If you want to round a floating point number to the nearest multiple of some number n, use the following trick: \$rounded = round(\$number / n) * n For example, to round 12874.49 to the nearest 100-multiple (i.e. 12900), use \$rounded = round(\$number / 100) * 100 Use ceil() or floor() if you want to round down/up.```