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# scaling

Property of a decimal floating
point number. A decimal floating point number can be seen as an integer number of a predefined length that is scaled by dividing through a power of ten. This defines the number of
decimal places.
In this sense, the negative exponent of a decimal floating point number is called scaling that applies
to the mantissa. For positive scaling, it is equivalent to the number of decimal places. Decimal floating
point numbers with the same value can have different scaling. Operations on decimal floating point numbers usually are given the scaling and thus the number of decimal places. One
predefined function
for changing the scaling is `rescale`

. See also
Precision.