OT: excellent book on information theory

Juho Schultz juho.schultz at helsinki.fi
Fri Jan 20 09:08:23 CET 2006


Bengt Richter wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Jan 2006 14:12:24 +0200, Juho Schultz <juho.schultz at helsinki.fi> wrote:
> 
>>Last month I spent about an hour trying to explain why
>>a*2.5e-8 = x
>>raises a SyntaxError and why it should be written
>>x = a*2.5e-8
>>The guy who wrote the 1st line has MSc in Physics from Cambridge (UK).
>>In mathematics, there is no difference between the two lines.
> 
> 
> ISTM probable that his original equation was really saying
>     assert a*2.5e-8 == x
> which is not very different from
>     assert x == a*2.5e-8
> 
> Did you mention that "=" is not "==" in python?
> I too would resist the idea that
>     assert a*2.5e-8 == x
> "should be written as"
>     x = a*2.5e-8
> 
> Regards,
> Bengt Richter

He tried to assing 2.5e-8 times value of variable a to variable x.
It had nothing to do with testing equality or asserting.
It is just that he had absolutely no programming skills at all.
However, he is learning quite fast.



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