Silly newbie question - Carrot character (^)

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Fri Nov 5 21:18:29 CET 2010

On 11/5/2010 9:43 AM, Matty Sarro wrote:
> Hey Everyone,
> Just curious - I'm working on a program which includes a calculation of
> a circle, and I found myself trying to use pi*radius^2, and getting
> errors that data types float and int are unsupported for "^". Now, I
> realized I was making the mistake of using '^' instead of "**". I've
> corrected this and its now working. However, what exactly does ^ do? I
> know its used in regular expressions but I can't seem to find anything
> about using it as an operator. Sadly my google foo is failing since the
> character gets filtered out.

All such symbol questions are aswered (or should be) in PySymbols.html:

Terry Jan Reedy

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