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In some of the recent work I’ve been doing with neo4j the queries I’ve written have been summing up the values from multiple nodes and after a certain number is reached the value returned used scientific notation.

For example in a cypher query like this:

START category = node:categories('category_id:1') 
MATCH p = category-[:has_child*1..5]->subCategory-[:has_product]->product-[:sold]->sales 
RETURN EXTRACT(n in NODES(p) : n.category_id?),subCategory.category_id, SUM(sales.sales)

I might get a result set like this:

| EXTRACT(n in NODES(p) : n.category_id?)        | subCategory.category_id  | SUM(sales.sales)   |
| ["246","254","255","3279",<null>,<null>]       | "3279"                   | 3.07213e07         |
| ["246","3649","3650","4362",<null>,<null>]     | "4362"                   | 1.023412e06        |
| ["246","287","291","308",<null>,<null>]        | "308"                    | 504712.5999448135  |

I wanted to be able to add the first two rows together but still have them return separately which meant I needed to convert the values into decimal notation in order to do so.

I came across a Stack Overflow thread explaining how to do it in Ruby:

> "%f" % "3.07213e07"
=> "30721300.000000"


> "3.07213e07".to_f
=> 30721300.0

If we want to do the same thing in Java it’d read like this:

double d = Double.parseDouble("3.07213e07");
NumberFormat formatter = new DecimalFormat("###.#####");
String f = formatter.format(d);
// returns 30721300

I couldn’t see a way to make the SUM function return in decimal notation but it’d be neat if there was a way to.

For now we have to apply some formatting on the result if we want to do any calculations with it.

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