# Truncation

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In mathematics and computer science, truncation is limiting the number of digits right of the decimal point.

## Truncation and floor function

Truncation of positive real numbers can be done using the floor function. Given a number $x\in \mathbb {R} _{+}$ to be truncated and $n\in \mathbb {N} _{0}$ , the number of elements to be kept behind the decimal point, the truncated value of x is

$\operatorname {trunc} (x,n)={\frac {\lfloor 10^{n}\cdot x\rfloor }{10^{n}}}.$ However, for negative numbers truncation does not round in the same direction as the floor function: truncation always rounds toward zero, the floor function rounds towards negative infinity. For a given number $x\in \mathbb {R} _{-}$ , the function

$\operatorname {trunc} (x,n)={\frac {\lceil 10^{n}\cdot x\rceil }{10^{n}}}$ is used instead.

## Causes of truncation

With computers, truncation can occur when a decimal number is typecast as an integer; it is truncated to zero decimal digits because integers cannot store non-integer real numbers.

## In algebra

An analogue of truncation can be applied to polynomials. In this case, the truncation of a polynomial P to degree n can be defined as the sum of all terms of P of degree n or less. Polynomial truncations arise in the study of Taylor polynomials, for example.