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This method converts an alphanumeric string to a floating-point decimal number.
The string to be converted
A floating-point decimal number; if string cannot be converted to a number, the special value NaN is returned.
Whitespace characters at the beginning of the string are ignored. The first non-white-space character must be either a digit or a minus sign (-). Numeric characters in string are read. The first period (.) in string is treated as a decimal point and any following digits as the fractional part of the number. Reading stops at the first non-numeric character after the decimal point. The result is converted into a number. Characters including and following the first non-numeric character are ignored.
The following code fragment returns the result
var num = parseFloat(" -234.37 profit");