# Does including the same figure placement specifier multiple times increase its weighting?

I keep seeing \begin{figure}[hhhhtbp] in a report I'm coauthoring. I asked the other author about it, and he said that he was told that including the 'h' multiple times increased the weighting of that placement specifier. However, my instincts tell me that the extra 'h's are redundant and that \begin{figure}[hhhhtbp] is exactly the same as \begin{figure}[htbp], especially since an exclamation point can be used to force placement. But, I'm curious and haven't found a solid answer. So, does including the same figure placement specifier multiple times increase its weighting?

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For example, htbp works the same as tpbhhhtpb.
However, adding !, as in tpbhhhtpb!!!!!, does give LaTeX some encouragement, by asking it to ignore some rules on how many floats can be on one page, and the fraction of the page taken up by floats. Again, only the first ! has an effect. –  Lev Bishop May 21 '11 at 15:09