rounding error


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rounding error

a large amount of money that is relatively small in comparison to a much larger sum. To a large company like Smith & Co., a few thousand dollars is just a rounding error. It's not a lot at all.
See also: error, round
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The kind how rounding errors modify computed values precision, is clarified in numerical stability analysis of integration methods.
While the scale here is enormous, fighting for rounding errors can mean real money at the waterfront.
The preliminary earnings figure is below management's earlier guidance, though this could be the result of a rounding error.
However, for the most part, they say no to virtually every inquiry, for three reasons: 1) They don't want to risk tarnishing the brand, regardless of whether it would in reality or not; 2) Licensing would be a rounding error, no matter how successful; and 3) Because of the 'M' rating, they don't think they can or should do anything that even potentially targets a younger audience, even though kids 8 of 9 are actually playing the game.
Because newspapers have done almost nothing to monetize their investments in Facebook, Twitter, and the various other social sites they nourish with links and content, the social-media revenues realized by the newspaper industry this year will amount to no more than a rounding error in comparison to the $4 billion in keyword ad sales that Facebook is expected to book in 2011.
That's a pretty bold move considering Corvalis sales over the previous two years probably constituted a little more than a rounding error on Cessna's balance sheets.
Quick math finds the ballyhooed reduction to be little more than a rounding error.
In a research note published Friday, Deutsche Bank said the impact of Japan's triple-disaster on global growth was likely to be so negligible as to be "caught in rounding error.
foreign aid to the entire country of Botswana, but merely a rounding error in the U.
But it's a rounding error when it comes to the $50 billion-plus budget of the Department of Homeland Security.
It will make the Oil Patch problems look like a rounding error.
In comparison, the bonuses at Goldman Sachs are a rounding error.
But that's a rounding error to UnitedHealth's annual premium revenue of $68.
At this point, $950 million is starting to look like a rounding error.
With management more worded about the problems of the mothership, Expo became an asterisk, barely mentioned, a rounding error on an $80 billion balance sheet.