# C# Professional - Numbers

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## Precision & Rounding

Due to the internal representation of `float`

and `double`

numeric types, arithmetic operations on these types can result in imprecise results, which will be rounded to the nearest *representable* value.

When using non-integer numeric types in C#, it is important to know the pros and cons of each specific type.

`float`

and`double`

types are meant to use when performance is more important than precision.`decimal`

is instead more accurate than the two others, at the cost of performance. When doing arithmetic operations that require a high precision in results without roundings, make sure you use the`decimal`

type (this is even more important when doing calculation about money or finance).

If we use the `decimal`

type for the same operation that above, the result is correct.

Keep in mind that the rounding precision issue is still after a high number of decimal part digits. If you need to calculate values for financial usage with multiple arithmetic operations, you can consider using `double`

type for intermediary arithmetic operations, round the result to an appropriate number of digits and convert it to a `decimal`

.

This will give you the best compromise between performance and precision, and it is often precise enough for financial applications.

In the following example, you can see that there is a precision difference between the rate calculated from `double`

types and the `decimal`

types. However, the difference in the calculation result only appears at the 12_{th} decimal digit.