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RE: String to number


Hi Jose,

> The ToString command generates a string from an expression. 
> Is there a similar command which generates numbers from 
> strings? What I mean by this is: is there a command (let's 
> call it ToNumber) such that
> 
> ToNumber["12"]
> 
> generates the number 12?

There is 

	ToExpression[String]

And you can also

	Read[StringToStream[String], Number]

So, given how easy the first option is, why would you use the second?

Try

	b = "12e3";
	ToExpression@b
	Read[StringToStream@b, Number]
	Head[#] & /@ {%, %%}

You can also use

	First@Import[StringToStream["12"], "List"]

Regards,

Dave.


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