### What does it mean to round off a number?

#### Rounding a number means replacing it with a simpler, shorter approximation, while keeping its value close to the initial one. The rounded number will be less accurate, but easier to work with.

### How is the number rounded off? Explanation.

#### Our number is sitting on the axis of numbers between two 1 decimal place consecutive neighboring numbers:

17.9 < 17.9886 < 18

#### Our number is to be rounded off to one of these neighbors, the closer one.

#### The middle of this interval, the number that is equally close to the either neighbor, is: (17.9 + 18) ÷ 2 = 17.95

#### Our number, 17.9886, is larger than 17.95, so it is closer to the larger neighbor: 18

#### Except for 'To Ceiling, To Floor', the rounded off number (both the positive and the negative) will be equal only to this larger neighbor.

### Rule of thumb:

#### Rounding digit. Let's call the digit of the position place that is intended to round off to as the 'rounding digit'. The digit is 9: 17.9886

#### In a positive number, if the digit to the right of the 'rounding digit' is larger than 5, then the number is rounded to the larger neighbor.

#### The digit is 8: 17.9886 ≈ 18 rounded to the nearest tenth (1 decimal place).

#### Or, even simpler.

In any number rounded to decimal places, if the digit to the right of the 'rounding digit' is 5 (but it is not the last non-zero digit to the right) or more than 5, ie. 6, 7, 8 or 9, then increase the 'rounding digit' by 1 and drop all the digits to the right of it, 9 + 1 = 10:

#### 17.9886 ≈ 18 rounded to the nearest tenth (1 decimal place)

### Below we round off both the positive and the negative:

#### Half Up, Half Down, Half Away From Zero, Half Towards Zero, Half to Even, Half to Odd. To Ceiling, To Floor.

### Number Round Half Up:

#### Numbers that are halfway between two neighbors are rounded off to the larger neighbor. 17.9886 is not halfway between its neighbors.

#### 17.9886 ≈ 18

#### - 17.9886 ≈ - 18

#### rounded to the nearest tenth (1 decimal place)

### Number Round Half Down:

#### Numbers that are halfway between two neighbors are rounded off to the smaller neighbor. 17.9886 is not halfway between its neighbors.

#### 17.9886 ≈ 18

#### - 17.9886 ≈ - 18

#### rounded to the nearest tenth (1 decimal place)

### Number Round Half Away From Zero:

#### Numbers that are halfway between two neighbors are rounded off to the neighbor which is farther away from zero. 17.9886 is not halfway between its neighbors.

#### 17.9886 ≈ 18

#### - 17.9886 ≈ - 18

#### rounded to the nearest tenth (1 decimal place)

### Number Round Half Towards Zero:

#### Numbers that are halfway between two neighbors are rounded off to the neighbor which is closer towards zero. 17.9886 is not halfway between its neighbors.

#### 17.9886 ≈ 18

#### - 17.9886 ≈ - 18

#### rounded to the nearest tenth (1 decimal place)

### Number Round Half to Even:

(Gaussian Rounding or Banker's Rounding)

#### Numbers that are halfway between two neighbors are rounded off to the neighbor with an even rounding digit. 17.9886 is not halfway between its neighbors.

#### 17.9886 ≈ 18

#### - 17.9886 ≈ - 18

#### rounded to the nearest tenth (1 decimal place)

### Number Round Half to Odd:

(Gaussian Rounding or Banker's Rounding)

#### Numbers that are halfway between two neighbors are rounded off to the neighbor with an odd rounding digit. 17.9886 is not halfway between its neighbors.

#### 17.9886 ≈ 18

#### - 17.9886 ≈ - 18

#### rounded to the nearest tenth (1 decimal place)

### Number Round Ceiling:

#### All the numbers that are between two neighbors are always rounded off to the larger neighbor.

#### 17.9886 ≈ 18

#### - 17.9886 ≈ - 17.9

#### rounded to the nearest tenth (1 decimal place)

### Number Round Floor:

#### All the numbers that are between two neighbors are always rounded off to the smaller neighbor.

#### 17.9886 ≈ 17.9

#### - 17.9886 ≈ - 18

#### rounded to the nearest tenth (1 decimal place)

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