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3 Numbers

GNU Emacs supports two numeric data types: integers and floating-point numbers. Integers are whole numbers such as -3, 0, 7, 13, and 511. Floating-point numbers are numbers with fractional parts, such as -4.5, 0.0, and 2.71828. They can also be expressed in exponential notation: ‘1.5e2’ is the same as ‘150.0’; here, ‘e2’ stands for ten to the second power, and that is multiplied by 1.5. Integer computations are exact, though they may overflow. Floating-point computations often involve rounding errors, as the numbers have a fixed amount of precision.