Formatting numbers can often be a tedious data cleaning task.
It can be made easier with the
format() function of the DSS Formula language. This function takes a "printf format string" and applies it to any value.
Format strings are immensely powerful, as they allow you to truncate strings, change precision, switch between numerical notations, left-pad strings, pad numbers with zeros, etc. More specifically, DSS formulas use the Java variant of format strings.
For example, you may have a column of very small numbers represented in scientific notation. If instead you wanted to convert this column to 5 decimal places, you can use:
For more information, see: