How can I count all decimal place up to the first zero

For example I have a column named x with an entry of numeric datatype value 1.955000000

I want to count the decimal places without the zeros. So here I want the query to make an output of 3 not 9 (with zeros)

  • it is numeric data type – DataLordDev Aug 12 at 8:05

The only thing I can think of, is to convert the value to a string, remove all trailing zeros, convert it back to a numeric and then use the scale() function:

scale(trim(trailing '0' from the_column::text)::numeric)

The following example:

create table t1 (val numeric);

insert into t1 

select val, scale(trim(trailing '0' from val::text)::numeric)
from t1;


val         | scale
1.955000000 |     3
       1.10 |     1
     1.1010 |     3
   1.102030 |     5
  • or "convert it to a string, remove trailing zeros and count the length after the dot" – ypercubeᵀᴹ Aug 12 at 8:45
  • @ypercubeᵀᴹ: to count the length you also need to remove all digits left of the decimal point which is a bit more complicated than to just remove trailing zeros – a_horse_with_no_name Aug 12 at 8:46

It's also possible to cast these values to text and use the SPLIT_PART function. (https://www.postgresql.org/docs/current/functions-string.html)

While still using TRIM and removing the trailing '0' characters, this would allow use of the LENGTH function to count the characters.

For example, this would return the scale:

FROM t1;

This will provide the same results as the previous answer provided by a_horse_with_no_name.

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