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number_to_human

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number_to_human(number, options = {}) public

Pretty prints (formats and approximates) a number in a way it is more readable by humans (eg.: 1200000000 becomes "1.2 Billion"). This is useful for numbers that can get very large (and too hard to read).

See number_to_human_size if you want to print a file size.

You can also define you own unit-quantifier names if you want to use other decimal units (eg.: 1500 becomes "1.5 kilometers", 0.150 becomes "150 mililiters", etc). You may define a wide range of unit quantifiers, even fractional ones (centi, deci, mili, etc).

Options

  • :locale - Sets the locale to be used for formatting (defaults to current locale).
  • :precision - Sets the precision of the number (defaults to 3).
  • :significant - If true, precision will be the # of significant_digits. If false, the # of fractional digits (defaults to true)
  • :separator - Sets the separator between the fractional and integer digits (defaults to ".").
  • :delimiter - Sets the thousands delimiter (defaults to "").
  • :strip_insignificant_zeros - If true removes insignificant zeros after the decimal separator (defaults to true)
  • :units - A Hash of unit quantifier names. Or a string containing an i18n scope where to find this hash. It might have the following keys:
    • integers: :unit, :ten, :hundred, :thousand, :million, :billion, :trillion, :quadrillion
    • fractionals: :deci, :centi, :mili, :micro, :nano, :pico, :femto
  • :format - Sets the format of the output string (defaults to "%n %u"). The field types are:
      %u  The quantifier (ex.: 'thousand')
      %n  The number
    

Examples

 number_to_human(123)                                          # => "123"
 number_to_human(1234)                                         # => "1.23 Thousand"
 number_to_human(12345)                                        # => "12.3 Thousand"
 number_to_human(1234567)                                      # => "1.23 Million"
 number_to_human(1234567890)                                   # => "1.23 Billion"
 number_to_human(1234567890123)                                # => "1.23 Trillion"
 number_to_human(1234567890123456)                             # => "1.23 Quadrillion"
 number_to_human(1234567890123456789)                          # => "1230 Quadrillion"
 number_to_human(489939, :precision => 2)                      # => "490 Thousand"
 number_to_human(489939, :precision => 4)                      # => "489.9 Thousand"
 number_to_human(1234567, :precision => 4,
                          :significant => false)               # => "1.2346 Million"
 number_to_human(1234567, :precision => 1,
                          :separator => ',',
                          :significant => false)               # => "1,2 Million"

Unsignificant zeros after the decimal separator are stripped out by default (set :strip_insignificant_zeros to false to change that):

 number_to_human(12345012345, :significant_digits => 6)       # => "12.345 Billion"
 number_to_human(500000000, :precision=>5)                    # => "500 Million"

Custom Unit Quantifiers

You can also use your own custom unit quantifiers:

 number_to_human(500000, :units => {:unit => "ml", :thousand => "lt"})  # => "500 lt"

If in your I18n locale you have:

  distance:
    centi:
      one: "centimeter"
      other: "centimeters"
    unit:
      one: "meter"
      other: "meters"
    thousand:
      one: "kilometer"
      other: "kilometers"
    billion: "gazilion-distance"

Then you could do:

 number_to_human(543934, :units => :distance)                              # => "544 kilometers"
 number_to_human(54393498, :units => :distance)                            # => "54400 kilometers"
 number_to_human(54393498000, :units => :distance)                         # => "54.4 gazilion-distance"
 number_to_human(343, :units => :distance, :precision => 1)                # => "300 meters"
 number_to_human(1, :units => :distance)                                   # => "1 meter"
 number_to_human(0.34, :units => :distance)                                # => "34 centimeters"
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