The module clnum adds arbitrary precision floating point and rational numbers to Python. Both real and complex types are supported. The module also contains arbitrary precision replacements for the functions in the standard library math and cmath modules.
The clnum module uses the Class Library for Numbers (CLN) to do all of the hard work. The module simply provides a proper type interface so that the CLN numbers work with the standard Python arithmetic operators and interact properly with the built-in Python numeric types.
To install the clnum module, you need to have some other components installed on your system.
The GNU g++ compiler and standard library installed so that you can build C++ programs.
The Python header files and the distutils package.
CLN library and development files.
On a Debian system, these are satisfied by installing the following packages: g++, libcln-dev, and python-dev. Other Linux systems will have similar packages. If your system does not have a CLN package, go to http://www.ginac.de/CLN/ and download the source. Then follow the instructions for building CLN.
Once you have the required components installed, installing the clnum module is simple. You need to download rpncalc from http://sourceforge.net/projects/calcrpnpy/ and unpack it. Go to the directory that was created and run the following command as root.
python clnum_setup.py install --prefix=/usr/local
Verify the installation by running the unit test (test_clnum.py).
If you want information on customizing the install process, see the section titled "Installing Python Modules" in the standard Python documentation.
A binary installer is now available for Windows thanks to the contribution of Frank Palazzolo. So all you need to get this module installed on Windows is to download and run the installer.
If you want to build the source on Windows, see the Windows build instructions.
The clnum package adds four numeric types to the standard set available in Python. The mpf type is an arbitrary precision floating point type. The mpq type is a rational type. The types cmpf and cmpq are complex versions of these types.
There are two major categories of numbers, those that are exact, and those that are approximate. The exact numbers are from the set int, long, mpq, and cmpq. The approximate numbers are from the set float, complex, mpf, and cmpf.
Whenever a calculation is performed with high-precision numbers, you want the result to reflect the precision used in all of the intermediate calculations. So if the result is exact, you want all of the intermediate calculations to be exact. This means that there can be no implicit conversions of approximate numbers to exact numbers. As a consequence, whenever mpq and cmpq types are used in an expression they can only be coerced to an approximate type not the other way around. Since the float and complex types do not recognize mpq and cmpq, an exception is raised whenever arithmetic between these types is attempted.
If you perform mixed arithmetic on two approximate types, the precision of the result always decays to the precision of the value with the lowest precision. There is one exception to this rule. Python float and complex types use the C type double to represent the values. While the CLN library has types that encapsulate doubles, they can lead to non-recoverable aborts when mixed with the extended precision type. To avoid this problem, doubles are converted to an extended precision type with the lowest possible precision (approximately 17 decimal digits).
The mpf and cmpf types have the following attribute.
The complex types cmpq and cmpf have the following attributes and method. They behave the same as the corresponding attributes and method of the built-in complex type.
In addition, the cmpf type has the following attribute.
The mpq type has the following attributes.
Most of the functions in the clnum module are arbitrary precision floating point versions of Python builtins. See the Python documentation in the math, cmath, and builtins sections for the following functions: acos, acosh, asin, asinh, atan, atan2, atanh, ceil, cos, cosh, degrees, exp, floor, hypot, log, log10, radians, round, sin, sinh, sqrt, tan, and tanh. Note that these functions can operate on both real and complex numbers. If the inputs are real, they work like the functions in the math module. If the inputs are complex, they work like the functions in the cmath module.
Since there is no longer a fixed form for the constants
pi, they become the functions
pi in the clnum module. These
functions take the number of decimal digits as the parameter and
return the constant with at least the requested precision. The
parameter is optional and if not provided, the default precision is
nmust be small integers >= 0. This function returns the binomial coefficient (
(m-n)! for 0 <= n <= m, 0 otherwise.
nmust be a small integer >= 0. This function returns the doublefactorial
nmust be a small integer >= 0. This function returns the factorial
All of the examples assume the following import.
from clnum import *
>>> x = mpq(1,3); y = mpq(1,5); z = cmpq(mpq(2,3),mpq(3,5)) >>> print x+y 8/15 >>> print x-y 2/15 >>> print x*y 1/15 >>> print x/y 5/3 >>> print x+1 # Mix with integers. 4/3 >>> print x+z (1+3/5j) >>> print z**3 (-286/675+73/125j) >>> print abs(cmpf(z)), degrees(cmpf(z).phase) # Polar form of complex number 0.89690826980491402114 41.987212495816660054 >>> print hypot(z.real, z.imag) # Another way to compute abs(z) 0.89690826980491402114 >>> print get_default_precision() 26 >>> print repr(pi(40)) mpf('3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399376',46) >>> print repr(exp1(40)) mpf('2.7182818284590452353602874713526624977572470937',46) >>> def f(x): return x*x-2 >>> r = find_root(f, 1, 2, 1e-20) >>> print r 1.4142135623730950488 >>> print abs(r - sqrt(2)) 1.5692147344401202195e-24 >>> print ratapx(pi()) 355/113