str smarter than round?

Tim Peters tim.one at home.com
Fri Jun 15 19:53:48 CEST 2001


[gods1child]
> What does str() know that round() doesnt in the following lines?
>
> >>> a = 1.69
> >>> round(a,2)
> 1.6899999999999999
> >>> round(a,1)
> 1.7
> >>> str(a)
> '1.69'
> >>>
>
> How does str manage to get the accurate representation of floating
> points? I am using Windows 2000, Python 2.0

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