10 was chosen in Hive. While rather arbitrary, it seems reasonable. The
problem of going all the way to max is lack of room to grow decimal parts
for subsequent operations. For instance, if we have sum(a) of (38, 2), then
the expression, sum(a)/count(*) can only have a precision/scale (38,2),
which may not be an accurate average.

I'm not sure how other DB does, but MySQL doesn't go all the way to max.
And there is no standard on this.

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