most significant digit


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most significant digit

The leftmost, non-zero digit in a number. It is the digit with the greatest value in the number.
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As we will show in the following, these estimations require only the two most significant digits (MSDs) of the corresponding exact values.
It is useful to have a function [V.sub.num] (T) that unwraps the elements of tensor T, then converts the resulting string to an integer by treating it as a number in base c, with the first element being the most significant digit, and the last being the least significant.
Within that data structure, a single integer variable (ILD [index last digit]) contained the location within the array Digit of the most significant digit of the stored integer.

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