Dividing integers...Convert to float first?

Thomas Ploch Thomas.Ploch at gmx.net
Fri Jan 5 18:31:08 CET 2007

redefined.horizons at gmail.com schrieb:
> I'm still pretty new to Python. I'm writing a function that accepts
> thre integers as arguments. I need to divide the first integer by te
> second integer, and get a float as a result. I don't want the caller of
> the function to have to pass floats instead of integers. How do I
> convert the arguments passed to the function into floats before I do
> the division? Is this necessary, or is their a better way?
> Thanks,
> Scott Huey

Yes, it is necessary. If you divide two integers, the result will be an

 >>> 1/2

You need the function float() -> float because a division between
integers and floats will have floats as their results

 >>> float(1)/2

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