Reads real-binary (floating-point) data.

Category: | Numeric |

Windows specifics: | native floating-point representation |

See: | RBw.d Informat in SAS Formats and Informats: Reference |

specifies the width of the input field.

Default | 4 |

Range | 2–8 |

specifies the power of 10 by which to divide the input value. SAS uses the d value even if the input data contain decimal points.

Range | 0–10 |

The RBw.d informat reads numeric data that are stored in microcomputer real binary (floating-point)
notation. Numeric data for scientific calculations are often stored
in floating-point notation. (SAS stores all numeric values in floating-point notation.)
A floating-point value consists of two parts: a mantissa that gives the value and
an exponent that gives the value's magnitude. It is usually impossible to key in
floating-point binary data directly from a terminal, but many programs write floating-point
binary data.

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