String-to-Number Conversion Precision

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg112352] String-to-Number Conversion Precision*From*: Ben <benp84 at gmail.com>*Date*: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 04:50:06 -0400 (EDT)

I'm reading real numbers from a file and I'm trying to convert them from string format (with arbitrary precision) to real values with the same precision as given in the strings. For example, when I convert "1.867524468", I want the result to be set to precision 10. Instead, I get the following. In[1]:= string = "1.867524468" Out[1]:= "1.867524468" In[2]:= x = ToExpression[string] Out[2]:= 1.86752 The last 4-digits get cut off. This is fine for when I do math with the number because the extra digits are still stored, but not when I want to rewrite the number to a different file. When I convert the number back to a string for file output, the last 4-digits remain lost. In[3]:= ToString[x] Out[3]:= "1.86752" Is there a function or formula I can use to automatically set the precision of these numbers to their precision in the string? Thanks.