# scientific: Numbers represented using scientific notation

`Data.Scientific`

provides a space efficient and arbitrary precision
scientific number type.

`Scientific`

numbers are represented using
scientific notation. It
uses a coefficient `c :: `

and a base-10 exponent `Integer`

`e :: `

(do
note that since we're using an `Int`

`Int`

to represent the exponent these numbers
aren't truly arbitrary precision). A scientific number corresponds to the
`Fractional`

number:

.`fromInteger`

c * 10 `^^`

e

The main application of `Scientific`

is to be used as the target of parsing
arbitrary precision numbers coming from an untrusted source. The advantages
over using `Rational`

for this are that:

A

`Scientific`

is more efficient to construct. Rational numbers need to be constructed using`%`

which has to compute the`gcd`

of the`numerator`

and`denominator`

. Scientific numbers only need to be normalized, i.e.`10000000`

to`1e7`

.`Scientific`

is safe against numbers with huge exponents. For example:`1e1000000000 ::`

will fill up all space and crash your program. Scientific works as expected:`Rational`

> read "1e1000000000" :: Scientific 1.0e1000000000

Also, the space usage of converting scientific numbers with huge exponents to

(like:`Integral`

s`Int`

) or

(like:`RealFloat`

s`Double`

or`Float`

) will always be bounded by the target type.

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Dependencies | arithmoi (>=0.4.1 && <0.5), array (>=0.1 && <0.6), base (>=4.3 && <4.8), bytestring (>=0.10.2 && <0.11), deepseq (==1.3.*), hashable (>=1.1.2 && <1.3), text (>=0.8 && <1.3) [details] |

License | BSD-3-Clause |

Author | Bas van Dijk |

Maintainer | Bas van Dijk <v.dijk.bas@gmail.com> |

Revised | Revision 1 made by HerbertValerioRiedel at 2014-12-30T08:55:58Z |

Category | Data |

Home page | https://github.com/basvandijk/scientific |

Bug tracker | https://github.com/basvandijk/scientific/issues |

Source repo | head: git clone git://github.com/basvandijk/scientific.git |

Uploaded | by BasVanDijk at 2014-05-13T22:36:45Z |

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