[Python-ideas] Float range class

Chris Barker chris.barker at noaa.gov
Thu Jan 8 17:42:06 CET 2015

On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 8:18 AM, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:

> I think you'd first have to describe some use cases,

> * ranges of numbers with a fixed stepping (which can create problems
>   near the edges due to rounding issues)

> Looping over such ranges doesn't sound like a useful operation,

Good point -- it is very common to want such a range of number in a
sequence -- but does it need to be an iterator? Though in keeping with
python's move to iterators by default, why not?

> except for the case where you have a fixed stepping (and those
> can easily be implemented by mapping an integer to a stepping
> in your interval).

and range can be easily implemented with a while loop.

Such fixed stepping sequences are really common, so convenience functions
make sense. But more to the point, as you mention above (and I mentioned in
a previous email), there can be problems near the edges due to rounding
issues, so it would be nice to provide a built-in that addresses those
problems consistently and predictably, rather than having each user write
their own naive implementation and get it wrong much of the time.

NOTE: for many of us those common use-cases also involve doing a bunch of
computation of arrays of numbers, and thus involve numpy anyway.



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