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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 the scale that applies
to the mantissa. If the scale is positive, it is equivalent to the number of decimal places. Decimal
floating point numbers with the same value can have different scales. Operations on decimal floating point numbers are usually given the scale and thus the number of decimal places. One
built-in
function for changing the scale is `rescale`

. See also
precision.