# How Python calculate number? [duplicate]

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python - decimal place issues with floats

In : 52+121.2

Out: 173.19999999999999

Asked by: Aston478 | Posted: 06-12-2021

Short answer: Python uses binary arithmetic for floating-point numbers, not decimal arithmetic. Decimal fractions are not exactly representable in binary.

Answered by: Connie529 | Posted: 07-01-2022

If you're familiar with the idea that the number "thirteen point two" is written in base ten as "13.2" because it's "10^1 * 1 + 10^0 * 3 + 10^-1 * 2" then try to do the same thing with a base of 2 instead of 10 for the number 173.2.

Here's the whole part: (1 * 2^7) + (0 * 2^6) + (1 * 2^5) + (0 * 2^4) + (1 * 2^3) + (1 * 2^2) + (0 * 2^1) + (0 * 2^0)

Now here's the start fractional part: (0 * 2^-1) + (0 * 2^-2) + (1 * 2^-3)

That's .125, which isn't yet 2/10ths so we need more additions that are of the form (1 * 2^-n), we can carry this out a bit further with (1 * 2^-4) + (1 * 2^-7), which gets us a bit closer ... to 0.1953125, but no matter how long we do this, we'll never get to ".2" because ".2" is not representable as a addition of sums of numbers of the form (1 * 2^-n).

Also see .9999… = 1.0 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/0.999...)

Answered by: Miranda335 | Posted: 07-01-2022

Try this:

``````>>> from decimal import Decimal
>>> Decimal("52") + Decimal("121.2")
Decimal("173.2")
``````

Answered by: Joyce651 | Posted: 07-01-2022

The other answers, pointing to good floating-point resources, are where to start. If you understand floating point roundoff errors, however, and just want your numbers to look prettier and not include a dozen extra digits for that extra last bit of precision, try using str() to print the number rather than repr():

``````>>> 52+121.2
173.19999999999999
>>> str(52+121.2)
'173.2'
``````

Answered by: Agata698 | Posted: 07-01-2022

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