Python Floating Numbers Tutorial with Examples – POFTUT

Python Floating Numbers Tutorial with Examples

Numbers are important part of the applications development. We use different type of numbers in different situations. We use int for integers where there is no floating point. We can use floating point type for floating point numbers. In this tutorial we will learn floating numbers.

Define Floating Point Number

We can define floating point number like other variable types in Python but we should also add point . between decimal and floating part like below.

b = 0.333 
c = 12312.34346


Precision means  how many digits are used in floating point part. If there are a lot of digits it is called high precision like below.

a = 12.353546656576778

If the digits are less in the floating point are we call it low precision.

a = 1.33

Format Floating Point Number

As we learn that high precision floating point numbers can have a lot of digits which may be unnecessary for most of the situations like printing and listing. In this situations we should only show some meaningful part of the floating point number. We will use format function for this.

Set Digit Count After Point to Show

We can also set total digit count before and after point to show. This is very useful if we have a textbox which have limited character length to show. We will use .10g parameter in order to show total 10 digits which includes before point.

pi = 3.141592653589793
 format( pi , '.10g') 
Set Digit Count After Point to Show
Set Digit Count After Point to Show

Set Total Digit Count to Show

We can set digit count to show after point. This will made listing floating point numbers more clearly. In this example we will only show 2 digits after point.

format( pi , '.2f')

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