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significant digit

[sig′nif·i·kənt ‚dij·ət]
(mathematics)
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Fortunately not; the transducer has just not finished yet: With the input [0, 1, 1, 1], which is the binary expansion of 14 from the least significant to the most significant digit, we would stop in the nonfinal state with label 2, as we can see by typing
If the original input data has a large value, or the significant digit G of the quotient that is required to be calculated is big, the ternary optical computer may calculate the total task in real time.
the least significant field is considered the one corresponding to the least significant digit and since we have chosen the LSD sorting, the keys are ordered starting from the last digit, so 3 < 7 < 8 < 9 determines the order: 00013 < 06257 < 08788 < 23469;
Pinkham (1961) employed the scale invariance argument to claim that if there is indeed any universal law for significant digits, then it should be independent of the units and scales used by society, because scales are cultural, arbitrary, and do not represent any fundamental properties of numbers or nature.
The first column is the decimal integer represented by a CA's rule vector, obtained by treating the symbols S,B,D,F as the integers 0,1,2,3 respectively, and viewing the rule vector as a number in base 4 with the most significant digit on the right.
As can be seen while reviewing the las column in the table, a difference appears in the fourth significant digit for the worst result and up to the fifth digit for the best, which is located at R=1.
The real part is correct to only two significant digits.
For example, a report may present all pharmacokinetic parameter values to 3 decimal places, the mean change in potassium levels to 2 decimal places, or the risk estimate for developing cancer to 4 significant digits.
Three iterations at most are required to obtain 10 significant digit accuracy for x.
Forcing three digits into two causes an uncertainty of half the resolution of the least significant digit (0.
In order to have the best fit of approximation, it is required to select the best polynomial order and the number significant digits of polynomial coefficients for the approximation function.

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