Question about timeit

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at
Fri Jul 22 04:34:01 EDT 2011

Thomas Rachel, 22.07.2011 10:08:
> Am 22.07.2011 08:59 schrieb Frank Millman:
>> My guess is that it is something to do with the console, but I don't
>> know what. If I get time over the weekend I will try to get to the
>> bottom of it.
> I would guess that in the first case, python (resp. gets the
> intended code for execution: int(float('165.0')). I. e., give the string to
> float() and its result to int().
> In the second case, however, gets the string
> 'int(float("165.0"))' and evaluates it - which is a matter of
> sub-microseconds.
> The reason for this is that the Windows "shell" removes the "" in the first
> case, but not the '' in the second case.

Good call. Or maybe it actually gets the code 'int(float(165.0))' in the 
second case, so it doesn't need to parse the string into a float. But given 
the huge difference in the timings, I would second your guess that it just 
evaluates the plain string itself instead of the code.


More information about the Python-list mailing list