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 The difference between two functions Motley_Cow Programmer named Tim Posts: 7 Threads: 3 Joined: Sep 2019 Reputation: 0 Likes received: 0 #1 Dec-03-2019, 12:11 AM I am a newbie to python and going through the NLTK book to learn a bit about using python for natural language processing. This post is not about NLTK, but about the difference in object classes that occur in the following two functions: The first function is used to find the percentage of times that a single word occurs within the body of a text: ```def percent1(text, word): a = text.count(word) #counts the number of 'words' (items) in the list (i.e. text) b = len(text) perc = a / b print(f"{perc} %") #an example of the output of this function is: 7.2385e-05%```The second function does the same thing, except it returns the output as a decimal: ```def percent2(text, word): from decimal import Decimal a = text.count(word) b = len(text) perc = Decimal(a / b) output = round(perc, 8) #rounds the variable perc to the 8th decimal place print(f"{output} %") #an example of the output of this function #(from the same text) is: 0.00007285%```In trying to understand the difference between floats and integers, my question is this: Does the first function return a float (floating point integer?) while the second function returns a decimal integer? Would stating it that way be correct? (My apologies, I'm brushing up on math while coding, but I am not the most adept with such terminology) All thoughts and considerations are appreciated. « Next Oldest | Next Newest »

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