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I’m trying to update some GPS point coordinates in an attribute table using QGIS Field Calculator. However, regardless of whether I do it by creating a new field or updating an existing one, I get about 13 decimal places, the last 5 of which are “9” for every feature. (The original points only had 6 decimal places.) I doubt that this is really a coincidence! It happens even if I stipulate a lower Output field width and Precision. My expression is $y, for example, for latitude. Any idea what’s going on here? Thnx TVZ

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I assume you're seeing the data is stored in binary problem where not all values can be precisely stored. Some info here: stackoverflow.com/questions/618535/… –  mkennedy Mar 13 '13 at 16:09
Thanks, mkennedy, but I'm afraid that discussion is a bit beyond me. So do you have any idea what I can do to make my data look reasonable? –  TVZ Mar 13 '13 at 17:32
Here's a clue I just discovered. My original data was NAD 83, so I filled in 2 columns w/ projected data. That went ok. Then I saved the layer as WGS and ran the same expression to get lat/long data. That's when I got all the 9's. –  TVZ Mar 13 '13 at 17:47
I had a similar problem here: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/108336/… –  Piotr Sadowski May 22 at 7:26

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