Floating point calculation problem

Schizoid Man schiz_man at 21stcentury.com
Sat Feb 2 16:48:24 CET 2013

> Ah, there may well be something in that. Definitely post the code and
> outputs; chances are someone'll spot the difference.

Ok, I *think* I found the source of the difference:

This is the base code that runs fine in v 3.3.0 (the output is correct):

def Numer(s, k):
    return math.log(s / k)
s = float(input("Enter s:   "))
k = float(input("Enter k:   "))
print("Result: ", Numer(s, k))

For the v2.7 version, the only difference is the input lines:
s = input("Enter s:   ")
k = input("Enter k:   ")

So for values of s=60 and k=50, the first code returns 0.1823215567939546 
(on the PC), whereas the second returns 0.0 (on the Mac). This this 
expression is evaluated in the numerator, it never returns a divide by zero 
error, and the result of 0 is treated as legitimate.

However, if I cast the v2.7 inputs as float() then it does indeed return the 
right result. But what threw me was that no cast didn't result in a runtime 
error in 2.7, but did in 3.3.

Also, if the cast is necessary, then now exactly does the dynamic typing 


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