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Floating point Number & Packed Number

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08-31-2007 10:52 AM

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Hai can anyone tell me what is the difference in using floating point & packed Number .

when it will b used ?

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08-31-2007 11:40 AM

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Hi,

The difference is as:

Packed numbers arithmetic:

All P fields are treated as whole numbers. Calculations involving decimal places require additional programming to include multiplication or division by 10, 100, ... . The DECIMALS specification with the DATA declaration is effective only for output with WRITE .

If, however, fixed point arithmetic is active, the DECIMALS specification is also taken into account. In this case, intermediate results are calculated with maximum accuracy (31 decimal places). This applies particularly to division.

For this reason, you should always set the program attribute "Fixed point arithmetic".

Example

DATA P TYPE P.

P = 1 / 3 * 3.

Without "fixed point arithmetic", P has the value 0, since " 1 / 3 " is rounded down to 0.

With fixed point arithmetic, P has the value 1, since the intermediate result of " 1 / 3 " is 0.333333333333333333333333333333.

Note

Floating point arithmetic

With floating point arithmetic, you must always expect some loss of accuracy through rounding errors (ABAP/4 number types ).

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Hi,

The difference is as:

Packed numbers arithmetic:

All P fields are treated as whole numbers. Calculations involving decimal places require additional programming to include multiplication or division by 10, 100, ... . The DECIMALS specification with the DATA declaration is effective only for output with WRITE .

If, however, fixed point arithmetic is active, the DECIMALS specification is also taken into account. In this case, intermediate results are calculated with maximum accuracy (31 decimal places). This applies particularly to division.

For this reason, you should always set the program attribute "Fixed point arithmetic".

Example

DATA P TYPE P.

P = 1 / 3 * 3.

Without "fixed point arithmetic", P has the value 0, since " 1 / 3 " is rounded down to 0.

With fixed point arithmetic, P has the value 1, since the intermediate result of " 1 / 3 " is 0.333333333333333333333333333333.

Note

Floating point arithmetic

With floating point arithmetic, you must always expect some loss of accuracy through rounding errors (ABAP/4 number types ).

Rewards points if usefull........

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08-31-2007 11:43 AM

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<b>Packed numbers</b> - type P

Type P data allows digits after the decimal point. The number of decimal places is generic, and is determined in the program. The value range of type P data depends on its size and the number of digits after the decimal point. The valid size can be any value from 1 to 16 bytes. Two decimal digits are packed into one byte, while the last byte contains one digit and the sign. Up to 14 digits are allowed after the decimal point. The initial value is zero. When working with type P data, it is a good idea to set the program attribute Fixed point arithmetic.Otherwise, type P numbers are treated as integers.

You can use type P data for such values as distances, weights, amounts of money, and so on.

<b>Floating point numbers</b> - type F

The value range of type F numbers is 1x10***-307 to 1x10***308 for positive and negative numbers, including 0 (zero). The accuracy range is approximately 15 decimals, depending on the floating point arithmetic of the hardware platform. Since type F data is internally converted to a binary system, rounding errors can occur. Although the ABAP processor tries to minimize these effects, you should not use type F data if high accuracy is required. Instead, use type P data.

You use type F fields when you need to cope with very large value ranges and rounding errors are not critical.

Using I and F fields for calculations is quicker than using P fields. Arithmetic operations using I and F fields are very similar to the actual machine code operations, while P fields require more support from the software. Nevertheless, you have to use type P data to meet accuracy or value range requirements.

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08-31-2007 12:16 PM

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Hi vasudevan,

This link will give detail descrition abt datatypes.

http://help.sap.com/saphelp_webas620/helpdata/en/fc/eb3434358411d1829f0000e829fbfe/content.htm

Data Type Code Length Description

b 1 1-byte integer

C 1 - ? Character string

D 8 Date (yyyymmdd)

F 8 Floating point number

I 4 4-byte integer

N 1 - ? Digits-only character string

P Binary Coded Decimal (packed) number

s 2 2-byte integer

T 6 Time (hhmmss)

X 1 - ? Raw data

INTLEN tells us the number of bytes used by this field; DECIMALS the number of decimals for packed and floating point numbers.

regards,

Kumar.

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