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NAME

Math::Round - Perl extension for rounding numbers

SYNOPSIS

  use Math::Round qw(...those desired... or :all);

  $rounded = round($scalar);
  @rounded = round(LIST...);
  $rounded = nearest($target, $scalar);
  @rounded = nearest($target, LIST...);

  # and other functions as described below

DESCRIPTION

Math::Round supplies functions that will round numbers in different ways. The functions round and nearest are exported by default; others are available as described below. "use ... qw(:all)" exports all functions.

FUNCTIONS

round LIST

Rounds the number(s) to the nearest integer. In scalar context, returns a single value; in list context, returns a list of values. Numbers that are halfway between two integers are rounded "to infinity"; i.e., positive values are rounded up (e.g., 2.5 becomes 3) and negative values down (e.g., -2.5 becomes -3).

round_even LIST

Rounds the number(s) to the nearest integer. In scalar context, returns a single value; in list context, returns a list of values. Numbers that are halfway between two integers are rounded to the nearest even number; e.g., 2.5 becomes 2, 3.5 becomes 4, and -2.5 becomes -2.

round_odd LIST

Rounds the number(s) to the nearest integer. In scalar context, returns a single value; in list context, returns a list of values. Numbers that are halfway between two integers are rounded to the nearest odd number; e.g., 3.5 becomes 3, 4.5 becomes 5, and -3.5 becomes -3.

round_rand LIST

Rounds the number(s) to the nearest integer. In scalar context, returns a single value; in list context, returns a list of values. Numbers that are halfway between two integers are rounded up or down in a random fashion. For example, in a large number of trials, 2.5 will become 2 half the time and 3 half the time.

nearest TARGET, LIST

Rounds the number(s) to the nearest multiple of the target value. TARGET must be positive. In scalar context, returns a single value; in list context, returns a list of values. Numbers that are halfway between two multiples of the target will be rounded to infinity. For example:

  nearest(10, 44)    yields  40
  nearest(10, 46)            50
  nearest(10, 45)            50
  nearest(25, 328)          325
  nearest(.1, 4.567)          4.6
  nearest(10, -45)          -50
nearest_ceil TARGET, LIST

Rounds the number(s) to the nearest multiple of the target value. TARGET must be positive. In scalar context, returns a single value; in list context, returns a list of values. Numbers that are halfway between two multiples of the target will be rounded to the ceiling, i.e. the next algebraically higher multiple. For example:

  nearest_ceil(10, 44)    yields  40
  nearest_ceil(10, 45)            50
  nearest_ceil(10, -45)          -40
nearest_floor TARGET, LIST

Rounds the number(s) to the nearest multiple of the target value. TARGET must be positive. In scalar context, returns a single value; in list context, returns a list of values. Numbers that are halfway between two multiples of the target will be rounded to the floor, i.e. the next algebraically lower multiple. For example:

  nearest_floor(10, 44)    yields  40
  nearest_floor(10, 45)            40
  nearest_floor(10, -45)          -50
nearest_rand TARGET, LIST

Rounds the number(s) to the nearest multiple of the target value. TARGET must be positive. In scalar context, returns a single value; in list context, returns a list of values. Numbers that are halfway between two multiples of the target will be rounded up or down in a random fashion. For example, in a large number of trials, nearest(10, 45) will yield 40 half the time and 50 half the time.

nlowmult TARGET, LIST

Returns the next lower multiple of the number(s) in LIST. TARGET must be positive. In scalar context, returns a single value; in list context, returns a list of values. Numbers that are between two multiples of the target will be adjusted to the nearest multiples of LIST that are algebraically lower. For example:

  nlowmult(10, 44)    yields  40
  nlowmult(10, 46)            40
  nlowmult(25, 328)          325
  nlowmult(.1, 4.567)          4.5
  nlowmult(10, -41)          -50
nhimult TARGET, LIST

Returns the next higher multiple of the number(s) in LIST. TARGET must be positive. In scalar context, returns a single value; in list context, returns a list of values. Numbers that are between two multiples of the target will be adjusted to the nearest multiples of LIST that are algebraically higher. For example:

  nhimult(10, 44)    yields  50
  nhimult(10, 46)            50
  nhimult(25, 328)          350
  nhimult(.1, 4.512)          4.6
  nhimult(10, -49)          -40

STANDARD FLOATING-POINT DISCLAIMER

Floating-point numbers are, of course, a rational subset of the real numbers, so calculations with them are not always exact. In order to avoid surprises because of this, these routines use a value for one-half that is very slightly larger than 0.5. Nevertheless, if the numbers to be rounded are stored as floating-point, they will be subject, as usual, to the mercies of your hardware, your C compiler, etc. Thus, numbers that are supposed to be halfway between two others may be stored in a slightly different way and thus behave surprisingly.

AUTHOR

Math::Round was written by Geoffrey Rommel <GROMMEL@cpan.org> in October 2000.