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Neo4j & Cypher: Rounding a Float Value to Decimal Places

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Neo4j & Cypher: Rounding a Float Value to Decimal Places

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About 6 months ago, Jacqui Read created a github issue explaining how she wanted to round a float value to a number of decimal places but was unable to do so due to the round function not taking the appropriate parameter.

I found myself wanting to do the same thing last week where I initially had the following value:

RETURN toFloat("12.336666") AS value

I wanted to round that to 2 decimal places and Wes suggested multiplying the value before using ROUND and then dividing afterwards to achieve that.

For two decimal places we need to multiply and divide by 100:

WITH toFloat("12.336666") AS value
RETURN round(100 * value) / 100 AS value
12.34

Michael suggested abstracting the number of decimal places like so:

WITH 2 as precision
WITH toFloat("12.336666") AS value, 10^precision AS factor
RETURN round(factor * value)/factor AS value

If we want to round to 4 decimal places we can easily change that:

WITH 4 as precision
WITH toFloat("12.336666") AS value, 10^precision AS factor
RETURN round(factor * value)/factor AS value
12.3367

The code is available as a graph gist too if you want to play around with it. And you may as well check out the other gists while you’re at it – enjoy!

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