# How do I change the number display from scientific notation to the full number in digits?

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Talaria el 6 de Ag. de 2011
Comentada: Walter Roberson el 21 de Abr. de 2020
How to make MATLAB output the full number in digits, and not using scientific notation?
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Oleg Komarov el 6 de Ag. de 2011
format long
or
sprintf('%16.f',2332456943534324)
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James Upton el 16 de Jul. de 2019
Editada: James Upton el 16 de Jul. de 2019
no matter what number format I display, it still does not show me the full number that was present on the excel file?
Walter Roberson el 21 de Abr. de 2020
I believe that those are places where the number stored is not the closest representable number to what the value would round to.

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Image Analyst el 7 de Ag. de 2011
Editada: MathWorks Support Team el 8 de Nov. de 2018
To display the maximum number of digits in a variable without using scientific notation, set the output display format to "longG":
format longG
After you set the display format, variables display in decimal notation:
m = rand(1,3)/1000
m =
0.000546881519204984 0.000957506835434298 0.00096488853519927
To avoid displaying scientific notation for variables that exceed 2^50 use "sprintf". For example, this code displays the number 2332456943534324 in decimal notation:
sprintf('%16.f',2332456943534324)
ans =
'2332456943534324'
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Walter Roberson el 7 de Ag. de 2011
format long g
helps. However, integers that exceed 2^53 will be represented in scientific notation with "format long g". To get the full digits of those, you need to use sprintf() or fprintf()
Image Analyst el 7 de Ag. de 2011
Yes it can help. Sometimes some sneak through even with that (if there would be more than three 0's to the right of the decimal point), like this which I tried:
m =
Columns 1 through 4
0.000538342435260057 0.000996134716626886 7.81755287531837e-005 0.000442678269775446
Columns 5 through 8
0.000106652770180584 0.000961898080855054 4.63422413406744e-006 0.000774910464711502

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Kaveh Vejdani el 19 de Feb. de 2018
I don't understand why you have accepted the wrong answers. What you're looking for is: format short g
Cheers, Kaveh
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Kaveh Vejdani el 19 de Feb. de 2018
For any formatting, one can find a special case (an absurdly huge number or an infinitesimally small one) to make it fail. For "practical" purposes, long g and short g will do the job perfectly.
Walter Roberson el 19 de Feb. de 2018
>> format short g
>> pi
ans =
3.1416
This is not "full number in digits"
>> 1000000
ans =
1e+06
this is not even close to being an "absurdly huge number"
format short g gives you at most 5 significant figures.
format long g gives you at most 15 significant figures. It turns out that is not enough in practice to be unique. There are 24 distinct representable values in unique(pi-37*eps:eps:pi+9*eps), all of which display as 3.14159265358979 under format long g. If the goal is to output enough digits to be able to transfer the values exactly in text form, then format long g is not sufficient.
People get caught by this all the time!
format long g
T = 0.3 - 0.2
T == 0.1
T - 0.1
T =
0.1
ans =
logical
0
ans =
-2.77555756156289e-17
People have difficulty understanding why a value that shows up as 0.1 does not compare as equal to 0.1: the limits of format long g have real effects.

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Mark Bower el 20 de Oct. de 2017
Editada: Mark Bower el 20 de Oct. de 2017
A nice, consistent solution is to use "num2str()". The same call works for both display from the command line:
> val = 1234567890
val =
1.234567890000000e+09
> num2str(val)
ans =
1234567890
and also within print statements:
> sprintf(num2str(val))
ans =
1234567890
It also works for floating point numbers:
> val = 123456.789
val =
1.234567890000000e+05
> sprintf(num2str(val))
ans =
123456.789
>
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Walter Roberson el 19 de Feb. de 2018
>> num2str(pi*10^5)
ans =
'314159.2654'
This is not "full decimal places"
Using num2str() inside sprintf() is redundant.
Stephen23 el 20 de Feb. de 2018
Editada: Stephen23 el 20 de Feb. de 2018
sprintf(num2str(val))
The sprintf is totally superfluous, it does nothing useful at all here, just slows down the code. In any case, using a proper sprintf format string would be quicker than calling num2str, and provide more control over the number of digits, so why not do that?

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Walter Roberson el 19 de Feb. de 2018
For MS Windows and Linux, to get full number of digits and not in exponential form, you need to either use the Symbolic toolbox or you need to use a tool such as https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/22239-num2strexact--exact-version-of-num2str- from the File Exchange. This is crucial for MS Windows, which does a rather poor job of converting exact values; Linux does a better job but still has inaccuracies after a while.
On Mac (OS-X, MacOS), the built in conversion is exact, and you can choose to sprintf() with a '%.1074f' format. For example,
>> sprintf('%.1074f', eps(realmin))
ans =
'0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000004940656458412465441765687928682213723650598026143247644255856825006755072702087518652998363616359923797965646954457177309266567103559397963987747960107818781263007131903114045278458171678489821036887186360569987307230500063874091535649843873124733972731696151400317153853980741262385655911710266585566867681870395603106249319452715914924553293054565444011274801297099995419319894090804165633245247571478690147267801593552386115501348035264934720193790268107107491703332226844753335720832431936092382893458368060106011506169809753078342277318329247904982524730776375927247874656084778203734469699533647017972677717585125660551199131504891101451037862738167250955837389733598993664809941164205702637090279242767544565229087538682506419718265533447265625'
For larger values you might want to trim out trailing zeros from the converted string
val = pi*1E-200;
regexprep( sprintf('%.1074f', val), '0+\$', '', 'lineanchors')
ans =
'0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000003141592653589793111936498419027683964072757959391149845317813416927695644722162706379483043156554579881967829022575831926635177847590589777088086173081089243142930507159490615800591052996089483276727788901006686618108987452642387169053033459820326372299902201815389727889699071056417123601253516892437642498120285079407325647552658339885701180059456745257476645670329996938769926310811984167666114826593537757304481509915842491117931968666219637406979734598283259283758102504979792257699955371208488941192626953125'
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Huw S el 31 de En. de 2017
If you don't need to know all the decimal points, then do your equation inside round.
saves all the other bother of exponentials.
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Walter Roberson el 31 de En. de 2017
Unfortunately not the case:
>> format short
>> round(2^54)
ans =
1.8014e+16
>> format long g
>> round(2^54)
ans =
1.8014398509482e+16
>> uint64(2^54)
ans =
uint64
18014398509481984

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Christos Boutsikas el 21 de Abr. de 2020
You can also use Variable-precision arithmetic via command vpa.
vpa(x) %if x is the output number you are interesting in
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Walter Roberson el 21 de Abr. de 2020
This is what Steven and I were referring to when we discussed Symbolic Toolbox.

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