most significant digit
The most significant digit of a number written in a given positional base is the digit in the most significant place value, and has to be in the range . In the case of an integer, the most significant digit is the ’s place value, where is the total number of digits, or .
In an array of digits long meant for mathematical manipulation, it might be convenient to index the least significant digit with index 1 or 0, and the more significant digits with larger integers. (This enables the calculation of the value of a given digit as rather than .) For an array of digits meant for text string manipulation, however, the most significant digit might be placed at position 0 or 1 (for example, by Mathematica’s IntegerDigits function).
In binary, the most significant digit is often called the most significant bit.
|Title||most significant digit|
|Date of creation||2013-03-22 16:52:20|
|Last modified on||2013-03-22 16:52:20|
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