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# Android: java rounding error. Can't understand why?

Questions:

Can anybody explain why on Earth these “same” expressions returns different values?

``````(new BigDecimal(String.valueOf(131.7d))).multiply(new BigDecimal(String.valueOf(0.95d))).doubleValue() = 125.115

(new BigDecimal(               131.7d )).multiply(new BigDecimal(               0.95d )).doubleValue() = 125.11499999999998
``````

What BigDecimal is doing different between them?

If you read the API documentation, you will find taht `String.valueOf(dobule)` uses `Double.toString(double)` to format the value. It’s perhaps not obvious, but `Double.toString(double)` rounds the value, before formatting it as a string:

How many digits must be printed for the fractional part of m or a?
There must be at least one digit to represent the fractional part, and
beyond that as many, but only as many, more digits as are needed to
uniquely distinguish the argument value from adjacent values of type
double. That is, suppose that x is the exact mathematical value
represented by the decimal representation produced by this method for
a finite nonzero argument d. Then d must be the double value nearest
to x; or if two double values are equally close to x, then d must be
one of them and the least significant bit of the significand of d must
be 0.

The result of this is that `String.valueOf(131.7d)` will return the string “131.7” even if the exact value of the argument is 131.69999999999998863131622783839702606201171875. The reason for this is that decimal fractions cannot always be represented exactly using binary fractions (as used with floats and doubles).

So, new `new BigDecimal(String.valueOf(131.7))` will create a BigDecimal with the exact value 131.7. `new BigDecimal(131.7)` will create a BigDecimal with the exact value 131.69999999999998863131622783839702606201171875.

If you look at the API documentation:

``````BigDecimal(double val)
Translates a double into a BigDecimal which is the exact decimal representation of the double's binary floating-point value.
``````

versus

``````BigDecimal(String val)
Translates the string representation of a BigDecimal into a BigDecimal.
``````

These are in fact not the same thing. In the `double` constructor it is using a floating point number (which are inherently inaccurate). In the `String` constructor it is taking the exact value you supplied and not doing a floating point conversion. So this does in fact mean that the constructors above are not the “same” expressions