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floating-point

programming A number representation consisting of a

"base") . The number represented is M*R^E where R is the

radix - usually ten but sometimes 2.

Many different representations are used for the mantissa and

representation which is used by many hardware floating-point

systems.

See also floating-point accelerator, floating-point unit.

Normalisation is the process of converting a floating point

number into canonical form where any number other than zero

has a mantissa whose first digit is non-zero.