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FilledSmallSquare BitLength[n] gives the number of binary bits necessary to represent the integer n.

FilledSmallSquare For positive n, BitLength[n] is effectively an efficient version of Floor[Log[2, n]] + 1.

FilledSmallSquare For negative n it is equivalent to BitLength[BitNot[n]].

FilledSmallSquare See also: IntegerExponent, MantissaExponent.