# Data Types Data Types Every program must deal with data PowerPoint Presentation, PPT - DocSlides 2018-10-28 10K 10 0 0

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The data is usually described as a certain type. This type determines what you can do with the data and how the data is stored. In Python basic types are integers (. int. ), floating point (float), strings and Booleans. ID: 699809

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Data Types

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Data Types

Every program must deal with data

The data is usually described as a certain type

This type determines what you can do with the data and how the data is stored

In Python basic types are integers (

int

), floating point (float), strings and Booleans

The first two are numeric and can be used in arithmetic, the last two are not

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Integers vs. Floating point

Integers are numbers which have no decimals, no fractions

They can be positive, negative, zero

Python can handle numbers of

very,

very large magnitude

Floating point numbers are ones which have fractions, like 3.14 and 2.0 and 5.2983841983

They are stored differently in the computer and their arithmetic is done differently

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Floating point numbers - storage

Each floating point number is stored in several pieces. You can think of one as being written in scientific notation, like

3.592 x 10

2

= 359.2

In Python this is written as 3.592e2 (the base is assumed to be 10)

The 3.592 is the

mantissa

The 2 is the power or exponent – it can be positive or negative. Positive powers make numbers larger, negative powers make numbers smaller (towards zero)

Example: 4.923e-3 = 0.004923

Example: 7.2341e10 =

72341000000

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Floating point numbers – arithmetic

When you add numbers with decimals together, you must “align the decimals” so you are adding tenths to tenths, hundredths to hundredths and so on

The computer does the same thing behind the scenes

So floating point arithmetic is usually slower than integer arithmetic

Floating point numbers also have an inherent error in them, just because a lot of numbers cannot be stored precisely in the machine (think of pi or 1/3). Even 0.1 is not precise inside the computer – in binary it is a repeating decimal!

Most calculations are not too much affected by this but you should be aware of it. If your work depends on many decimal places of accuracy, be careful how you use floating point numbers!

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Strings

These data items are delimited by quotes, either single quotes (‘) or double quotes (“)

(Delimited by means that they are enclosed by the quotes, marked off by the quotes)

We will use them in many ways

simply as labels “Total of numbers”

input data

Examples: “Joe”, “12345923 adfa123.s8234&*”, “”, ‘”hi” he said’

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Booleans

Named after George

Boole,

English

mathematician

, logician

Created Boolean algebra, a two-valued logic based on True and False

The basis of all computer circuits (see EE 280)

In Python the Boolean constants are True and False – note that these are not strings – no quotes

They can be assigned to variables, they can be output

They are used most often with if statements, chapter 6