bigdecimal 0.0.15

Arbitrary percision decimal numbers

A Big Decimal

BigDecimal allows storing any real number to arbitrary precision; which avoids common floating point errors (such as 0.1 + 0.2 ≠ 0.3) at the cost of complexity.

Internally, BigDecimal uses a BigInt object, paired with a 64-bit integer which determines the position of the decimal point. Therefore, the precision is not actually arbitrary, but limited to 263 decimal places.

Common numerical operations are overloaded, so we can treat them the same way we treat other numbers.

It is not recommended to convert a floating point number to a decimal directly, as the floating point representation may be unexpected.

Example

use bigdecimal::BigDecimal;
use std::str::FromStr;

let input = "0.8";
let dec = BigDecimal::from_str(&input).unwrap();
let float = f32::from_str(&input).unwrap();

println!("Input ({}) with 10 decimals: {} vs {})", input, dec, float);