aproximate a number

Peter Hansen peter at engcorp.com
Mon Aug 29 14:59:01 CEST 2005

Mikael Olofsson wrote:
> Michael Sparks wrote:
>> def approx(x):
>>     return int(x+1.0)
> I doubt this is what the OP is looking for.
> Others have pointed to math.ceil, which is most likely what the OP wants.

I agree that's "likely" but, as Michael pointed out in the text you 
removed, his version does do what the OP's spec states, when interpreted 
literally.  Very likely there's a language issue involved, and Michael 
was aware of that as well, I'm sure.

Still, others had already posted on math.ceil(), so Michael was just 
trying to make sure that the OP realized his specification was 
inadequate and -- just in case he wanted something other than math.ceil 
-- he provided a valid alternative.


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