It's the FINANCIAL ARITHMETICATOOOOOOOR!
Now renamed to financial-number because it makes sense and it's easier to remember and spell.
If you're doing math on financial numbers - invoice items, tax rates, those sorts of things - you can't ever afford to represent your numbers with floating point numbers.
Looking on npm I only found one other module that didn't taint values by converting them to or from the Number type, and it's hard-coded to a precision of two digits after the decimal point.
I will add more methods as I need them. If you run into an operation you need that is not yet implemented, feel free to open a pull request.
This library increases the precision of the result based on its inputs.
With multiplication, the number of digits after the decimal point is the sum of the precision of both operands, e.g.
12.00 * 5.0 is
Addition and subtraction always result in the precision of the highest-precision of the operands:
12.00 + 5 is
Even if you calculate the
15% tax on a
99.99$ item to be
114.9885$, that's not what you're going to print on the invoice or save to the database.
For display or storage
When you call
toString to get a value to show the user, or to save in the database, you have the option of passing in a precision for the number to be displayed as.
By default, numbers will be trimmed -
number('114.9885').toString(2) will return
If you prefer rounding, you can pass in the provided rounding strategy:
number('114.9885').toString(2, number.round) will produce
If your business requirements call for a different rounding strategy, you can provide your own. I would be happy to help you write it if you open an issue.
For calculation purposes
Say somebody buys
0.50 pounds of peanuts at
5.99 a pound, their subtotal would be
2.9950. You could calculate tax based on that subtotal, but that could produce a tax a penny different from what the user would calculate themselves based on the
2.99 subtotal printed on their receipt.
When you need to change the precision in cases like this, you can use the
changePrecision function, which takes the new precision (and an optional rounding strategy like
toString, it defaults to trimming.
var subtotal =subtotal // => '2.99'
npm install financial-arithmeticator,
var number = require('financial-arithmeticator')
// => '7.500'// => true
var numberValue =
Pass in the string representation of a number, get back a financial number object.
Financial numbers are immutable, and functions return a new number object.
Financial number objects have these methods. The operations and comparisons all take strings, or financial number objects.
They return true or false.
Other utility methods
Takes a new precision, and an optional rounding strategy. Returns a new number object. See Rounding
// => '14.55'
Returns a string representation of the number for display or storage. You can specify the precision and rounding strategy to be passed to
changePrecision if you like - by default, the number will display at its current precision. See Rounding
// => '99.99'
// => 2
// => false// => true
Running the tests/contributing
git clone https://github.com/TehShrike/financial-arithmeticator.gitcd financial-arithmeticatornpm installnpm test
I never use
this, so you don't have to mess around with
bind to do whatever wacky functional things you want, like this:
var halved = '10' '13' '50'