# Real numbers get cut off after E17?

Tunguska991
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Hello there dear community,

Best regards!

this is my first post in any computer science/ data science related forum, which is really exciting and why I also hope that I didnt miss the post that discusses my issue. I also hope that my question is not common knowledge for everyone here.

I basically worked around my problem already, but I am really really curious why this happens and if this is normal.

This morning I have been trying to work with large numbers that are 18 digits long. I read the data from an Excel file as "real", Before i changed the import of these numbers to "polynominal". Now something interesting happens to those numbers in the Results tab when importing them as real:

The example number in my Results tab is portrayed as: 123456789112345670

If you select the cell and Focus on it, the number may be something like this: 123456789112345668

If you select the cell and Focus on it, the number may be something like this: 123456789112345668

If you copy the cell without focussing on it, it pastes as: 1.2345678911234567E17

Now if you save it as a csv or as an Excel file it also rounds the digits to 1.2345678911234567E17

If you use the operator Numercial to Polynominal the number will be rounded to 123456789112345670 instead of writing 123456789112345668

Is this intentional? Has this something to do with the amount of bits used in storing the real number? Shouldnt be the max real number here somewhere around +/-E32 or smth?

Thanks to the community and everyone working at RapidMiner for this exciting environment full of learning and passion about the topic of data science!

Best regards!

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## Answers

363RM Data Scientist31RM Data Scientisthttps://stackoverflow.com/a/1848762