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Re: Re: Formatting Numeric Outpuit

> ..which shows a NumberForm expression. Remember that NumberForm does not
> affect evaluation, only display.

That's simply NOT true in any meaningful sense, and that's the source of  
the current problem.

For it to be true, most (all?) operations must automatically move  
"through" NumberForm to the numbers. Not just + and -, but also Column and  
others. Column[Numberform[...]]] needs to become NumberForm[Column[...]]  
in the same way that Plus and Minus should (but don't) do the same thing.  
Your statement above implies that at least the arithmetic operations go  
through... and they don't.


On Thu, 12 Nov 2009 05:00:24 -0600, Murray Eisenberg  
<murray at> wrote:

> You may obtain what you want by mapping the appropriate NumberForm
> expression onto the list n1 and feeding that into Column (for the sake
> of this post, I shortened the list to have length 2):
>     n1 = RandomReal[100, 2];
>     n2 = NumberForm[#, {3, 3}] & /@ n1;
>     Column[n2, Right]
> 91.900
> 56.100
> I don't know how completely to explain why what you tried doesn't work,
> except to note the result of ...
>     NumberForm[n1, {3, 3}] // FullForm
> ..which shows a NumberForm expression. Remember that NumberForm does not
> affect evaluation, only display.
> But I've long considered the same effect you observed as an a
> Mathematica annoyance. Like you, I've always expected the NumberForm to
> change the display of all the numbers no matter where they're
> subsequently embedded.
> I don't know why this annoying behavior cannot be changed, although from
> my perspective it's hard to tell what effects the change might make as
> they ricochet through the whole system.
> BenT wrote:
>> Please consider these Mathematica 7 code Input lines:
>> n1 = RandomReal[100, 10]
>> n2 = NumberForm[n1, {3, 3}]
>> Column[n2, Right]
>> What I expected to get was "ignored", namely right aligned "arbitrary"
>> numeric data with 3 digits to the right, and 3 digits to the left of
>> the decimal point) formatted in a single column. How can this be
>> achieved with any numeric list of data?
>> --- Benjamin Tubb

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