# BinaryFormat.Decimal

## Understanding the BinaryFormat.Decimal Function

The BinaryFormat.Decimal function is a powerful feature in Power Query M that converts a binary number to a decimal number. This function utilizes the IEEE 754 standard for binary floating-point arithmetic to ensure accuracy and precision in the conversion process.

The syntax for the BinaryFormat.Decimal function is as follows:

BinaryFormat.Decimal(binary as any, optional places as nullable number, optional culture as nullable text) as nullable number

Here, the 'binary' parameter represents the binary number that needs to be converted to a decimal number. The 'places' parameter specifies the number of decimal places to be displayed in the output, and the 'culture' parameter specifies the culture to use for formatting the decimal number.

## How to Use the BinaryFormat.Decimal Function

To use the BinaryFormat.Decimal function, you first need to have a binary number that needs to be converted to a decimal number. Once you have the binary number, you can use the BinaryFormat.Decimal function to convert it to a decimal number.

For example, let's say you have a binary number '1010'. To convert this binary number to a decimal number using the BinaryFormat.Decimal function, you can use the following M code:

BinaryFormat.Decimal(0b1010)

In this code, '0b' is used to represent a binary number in the M language. The output of this code will be '10', which is the decimal equivalent of the binary number '1010'.

## Benefits of Using the BinaryFormat.Decimal Function

The BinaryFormat.Decimal function has several benefits that make it a popular choice in data analysis and processing. Some of the key benefits of using this function are:

### 1. Accuracy and Precision

The BinaryFormat.Decimal function uses the IEEE 754 standard for binary floating-point arithmetic to ensure accuracy and precision in the conversion process. This means that the decimal number generated by this function is accurate and precise, which is especially important when dealing with large datasets.

### 2. Efficient Data Processing

The BinaryFormat.Decimal function is an efficient way to process large amounts of binary data. This function can handle large datasets without compromising on performance, making it an ideal choice for data processing and analysis.

### 3. Easy to Use

The BinaryFormat.Decimal function is easy to use and understand. The syntax for this function is simple and straightforward, making it accessible to users of all levels of expertise.

The BinaryFormat.Decimal function is a powerful feature in Power Query M that allows users to convert binary numbers to decimal numbers with ease. This function is accurate, efficient, and easy to use, making it a popular choice for data analysis and processing. By understanding the M code behind this function, users can unlock the full potential of Power Query M and take their data analysis to the next level.

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