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SQL Server FAQ - FLOAT and REAL - Approximate Numeric Data Types

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What Are Approximate Numeric Data Types?

Approximate numeric data types are used to store numeric values with floating decimal points. SQL Server 2005 supports the following approximate numeric data types:

  • FLOAT - Floating point values with a fixed number of bits n for the mantissa part defined as FLOAT(n). FLOAT values are in the range of -1.79E+308 to -2.23E-308, 0 and 2.23E-308 to 1.79E+308.
  • REAL - Same as FLOAT(24), also called single precision floating point numbers.

The DOUBLE PRECISION data type is supported as a synonym of FLOAT(53).

Here are some good examples of approximate numeric values:

PRINT 9.22337203685e+010; -- FLOAT(53)
PRINT 9.22337e+010; -- FLOAT(24)
GO

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