Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2002 18:40:10 +0000
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Organization: Nextra UK
Subject: Re: Length statement and numeric precision
Kevin Viel asks:
> Greetings again,
> In three bytes, the largest integer that can exactly be represented
> IEEE system should be 8,191 (TS-654 states 8,192). The LENGTH
> is supposed to "Specifies the number of bytes for storing variables".
> Why am I able to see 10,000?
10,000 is an exact multiple of 2^8, so it doesn't place particularly
stringent demands on a floating point scheme. As others have pointed
out, 9999 and 10001 are trickier customers.