This works as expected:
Storing an extra digit of precision multiplies the stored value by a factor of 100:
Ideally I would get an exception since the value I'm trying to store doesn't fit in the declared type of the array. It would be less good, but still ok, if the stored value were 1.23 (truncating the extra digit). I didn't expect pyarrow to silently store a value that differs from the original value by a factor of 100.
I originally thought that the code was incorrectly multiplying through by an extra factor of 10**scale, but that doesn't seem to be the case. If I change the scale, it always seems to be a factor of 100
I searched for open github and JIRA for open issues but didn't find anything related to this. I am using pyarrow 0.8.0 on OS X 10.12.6 using python 2.7.14 installed via Homebrew