gives the effective number of digits of precision in the number x.
- Precision[x] gives a measure of the relative uncertainty in the value of x.
- With absolute uncertainty dx, Precision[x] is -Log[10,dx/x].
- For exact numbers such as integers, Precision[x] is Infinity.
- Precision[x] does not normally yield an integer result.
- For any approximate number x, Precision[x] is equal to RealExponent[x]+Accuracy[x].
- For machine‐precision numbers Precision[x] yields MachinePrecision.
- Numbers entered in the form are taken to have precision p.
- Numbers such as 0``a whose overall scale cannot be determined are treated as having zero precision.
- Numbers with zero precision are output in StandardForm as , where a is their accuracy.
- If x is not a number, Precision[x] gives the minimum value of Precision for all the numbers that appear in x. MachinePrecision is considered smaller than any explicit precision.
Introduced in 1988
(1.0)| Updated in 2003