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Rounding to nearest whole number

Rounding to nearest whole number

Rounding to nearest whole number


I'm trying to round a decimal(18,2) to the nearest whole number (<=.49 should round down, >=.50 should round up).

I've tried casting as decimal(18,0) but this rounds 1.50 up and 2.50 down (odd numbers round up, even numbers round down).  

casting as integer just truncates the last 2 digits.

How can I do it so that .50 always goes up??

RE: Rounding to nearest whole number

Does something like CAST((value + 0.50) AS INTEGER) give you the results you would like ?

RE: Rounding to nearest whole number

Thanks for your help Al.
That did the trick.

RE: Rounding to nearest whole number

Be careful, if there are negative values (wrong result) or values outside of the range of an integer (error).

The default rounding in Teradata (and most programming languages) is banker's rounding, but you can switch to your desired behaviour (commercial rounding?), there's a global flag controlling it:

A dba can set it using dbscontrol, it's General field 20. RoundHalfwayMagUp

But it's global, so maybe your company can't change it...

For details check:
SQL Reference: Data Types and Literals
Chapter 3: Decimal/Numeric Data Types

Another solution would probably be a UDF.


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