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RE: String to number

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  • Subject: [mg73192] RE: [mg73174] String to number
  • From: "David Annetts" <davidannetts at>
  • Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2007 04:58:04 -0500 (EST)
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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 


And you can also

	Read[StringToStream[String], Number]

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


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

You can also use

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



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