Difference between Math.Floor() and Math.Truncate()

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What is the difference between Math.Floor() and Math.Truncate() in .NET?

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~ Asked on 2008-08-01 00:59:11

13 Answers


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Math.Floor rounds down, Math.Ceiling rounds up, and Math.Truncate rounds towards zero. Thus, Math.Truncate is like Math.Floor for positive numbers, and like Math.Ceiling for negative numbers. Here's the reference.

For completeness, Math.Round rounds to the nearest integer. If the number is exactly midway between two integers, then it rounds towards the even one. Reference.

See also: Pax Diablo's answer. Highly recommended!

~ Answered on 2008-08-01 12:26:39


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Follow these links for the MSDN descriptions of:

  • Math.Floor, which rounds down towards negative infinity.
  • Math.Ceiling, which rounds up towards positive infinity.
  • Math.Truncate, which rounds up or down towards zero.
  • Math.Round, which rounds to the nearest integer or specified number of decimal places. You can specify the behavior if it's exactly equidistant between two possibilities, such as rounding so that the final digit is even ("Round(2.5,MidpointRounding.ToEven)" becoming 2) or so that it's further away from zero ("Round(2.5,MidpointRounding.AwayFromZero)" becoming 3).

The following diagram and table may help:

-3        -2        -1         0         1         2         3
 +--|------+---------+----|----+--|------+----|----+-------|-+
    a                     b       c           d            e

                       a=-2.7  b=-0.5  c=0.3  d=1.5  e=2.8
                       ======  ======  =====  =====  =====
Floor                    -3      -1      0      1      2
Ceiling                  -2       0      1      2      3
Truncate                 -2       0      0      1      2
Round (ToEven)           -3       0      0      2      3
Round (AwayFromZero)     -3      -1      0      2      3

Note that Round is a lot more powerful than it seems, simply because it can round to a specific number of decimal places. All the others round to zero decimals always. For example:

n = 3.145;
a = System.Math.Round (n, 2, MidpointRounding.ToEven);       // 3.14
b = System.Math.Round (n, 2, MidpointRounding.AwayFromZero); // 3.15

With the other functions, you have to use multiply/divide trickery to achieve the same effect:

c = System.Math.Truncate (n * 100) / 100;                    // 3.14
d = System.Math.Ceiling (n * 100) / 100;                     // 3.15

~ Answered on 2009-02-24 02:39:27


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Math.Floor() rounds toward negative infinity

Math.Truncate rounds up or down towards zero.

For example:

Math.Floor(-3.4)     = -4
Math.Truncate(-3.4)  = -3

while

Math.Floor(3.4)     = 3
Math.Truncate(3.4)  = 3

~ Answered on 2011-07-19 03:56:16


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Some examples:

Round(1.5) = 2
Round(2.5) = 2
Round(1.5, MidpointRounding.AwayFromZero) = 2
Round(2.5, MidpointRounding.AwayFromZero) = 3
Round(1.55, 1) = 1.6
Round(1.65, 1) = 1.6
Round(1.55, 1, MidpointRounding.AwayFromZero) = 1.6
Round(1.65, 1, MidpointRounding.AwayFromZero) = 1.7

Truncate(2.10) = 2
Truncate(2.00) = 2
Truncate(1.90) = 1
Truncate(1.80) = 1

~ Answered on 2008-08-05 11:01:47


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Math.floor sliiiide to the left...
Math.ceil sliiiide to the right...
Math.truncate criiiiss crooooss (floor/ceil always towards 0)
Math.round cha cha, real smooth... (go to closest side)

Let's go to work! (¬?_?)

To the left... Math.floor
Take it back now y'all... --
Two hops this time... -=2

Everybody clap your hands ??

How low can you go? Can you go down low? All the way to the floor?

if (this == "wrong")
    return "i don't wanna be right";

Math.truncate(x) is also the same as int(x).
by removing a positive or negative fraction, you're always heading towards 0.

~ Answered on 2018-02-11 15:03:22


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They are functionally equivalent with positive numbers. The difference is in how they handle negative numbers.

For example:

Math.Floor(2.5) = 2
Math.Truncate(2.5) = 2

Math.Floor(-2.5) = -3
Math.Truncate(-2.5) = -2

MSDN links: - Math.Floor Method - Math.Truncate Method

P.S. Beware of Math.Round it may not be what you expect.

To get the "standard" rounding result use:

float myFloat = 4.5;
Console.WriteLine( Math.Round(myFloat) ); // writes 4
Console.WriteLine( Math.Round(myFloat, 0, MidpointRounding.AwayFromZero) ) //writes 5
Console.WriteLine( myFloat.ToString("F0") ); // writes 5

~ Answered on 2015-01-02 13:09:18


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Try this, Examples:

Math.Floor() vs Math.Truncate()

Math.Floor(2.56) = 2
Math.Floor(3.22) = 3
Math.Floor(-2.56) = -3
Math.Floor(-3.26) = -4

Math.Truncate(2.56) = 2
Math.Truncate(2.00) = 2
Math.Truncate(1.20) = 1
Math.Truncate(-3.26) = -3
Math.Truncate(-3.96) = -3

Also Math.Round()

   Math.Round(1.6) = 2
   Math.Round(-8.56) = -9
   Math.Round(8.16) = 8
   Math.Round(8.50) = 8
   Math.Round(8.51) = 9

math.floor()

Returns the largest integer less than or equal to the specified number. MSDN system.math.floor

math.truncate()

Calculates the integral part of a number. MSDN system.math.truncate

~ Answered on 2016-02-12 09:12:32


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Math.Floor() rounds "toward negative infinity" in compliance to IEEE Standard 754 section 4.

Math.Truncate() rounds " to the nearest integer towards zero."

~ Answered on 2012-06-07 18:15:14


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Math.Floor(): Returns the largest integer less than or equal to the specified double-precision floating-point number.

Math.Round(): Rounds a value to the nearest integer or to the specified number of fractional digits.

~ Answered on 2013-09-19 11:44:21


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Math.floor() will always round down ie., it returns LESSER integer. While round() will return the NEAREST integer

math.floor()

Returns the largest integer less than or equal to the specified number.

math.truncate()

Calculates the integral part of a number.

~ Answered on 2018-07-17 07:14:23


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Math.Floor() :

It gives the largest integer less than or equal to the given number.

    Math.Floor(3.45) =3
    Math.Floor(-3.45) =-4

Math.Truncate():

It removes the decimal places of the number and replace with zero

Math.Truncate(3.45)=3
 Math.Truncate(-3.45)=-3

Also from above examples we can see that floor and truncate are same for positive numbers.

~ Answered on 2020-06-24 08:43:10


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Going by the Mathematical Definition of Floor, that is, "Greatest integer less than or equal to a number", This is completely unambiguous, whereas, Truncate just removes the fractional part, which is equivalent to round towards 0.

~ Answered on 2020-11-28 16:49:35


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Truncate drops the decimal point.

~ Answered on 2020-03-22 19:17:02


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