Decimal part of a number in Python

I have the following program

def F_inf(a,b):

        if x1<x2:
            print "a<b"
    elif x1>x2:
        print "a>b"
    else: print "a=b" 


F_inf(a, b)

When I execute it,x1 receive just the integer value of the fraction, for exemple if I have to compute 2/4 x1 is equal to 0 not 0.5. What should I do ? Thanks

1 answer

  • answered 2018-01-11 21:02 Holloway

    It sounds like you're using Python2. The best solution would be to switch to Python 3 (not just because of the division but because "Python 2.x is legacy, Python 3.x is the present and future of the language").

    Other than that you have a couple of choices.

    from __future__ import division
    # include ^ as the first line in your file to use float division by default


    a = 1
    b = 2
    c = a / (1.0*b) # multiplying by 1.0 forces the right side of the division to be a float
    #c == 0.5 here