Opened 2 years ago

Last modified 8 months ago

#27788 new enhancement

Make Sage reals and rationals more friendly to Python string formatting

Reported by: slelievre Owned by:
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Component: numerical Keywords: format
Cc: slelievre, gh-jcamp0x2a Merged in:
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Description (last modified by slelievre)

Let us make Sage reals and rationals more friendly to formatting commands that expect Python floats.

For example, with a Python float one can do

sage: a = 1.25r
sage: "{:0.3f}".format(a)

but a similar command fails for a Sage real or rational:

sage: a = 1.25
sage: "{:0.3f}".format(a)
Traceback (most recent call last)
TypeError: unsupported format string passed to
sage: a = 5/4
sage: "{:0.3f}".format(a)
Traceback (most recent call last)
TypeError: unsupported format string passed to

This puzzles users especially when using Python packages with Sage. As things stand one needs to know to work around Sage's preparser.

For example this came up in

The case of Sage integers was dealt with in #12788 and can provide inspiration.

We could also consider doing the same for number field elements, algebraic numbers, complex floating-point numbers, continued fractions... and other numbers in Sage for which it makes sense.

This is part of #29728 (Meta-ticket: improve compatibility with the Python library).

Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 23 months ago by embray

  • Milestone sage-8.8 deleted

As the Sage-8.8 release milestone is pending, we should delete the sage-8.8 milestone for tickets that are not actively being worked on or that still require significant work to move forward. If you feel that this ticket should be included in the next Sage release at the soonest please set its milestone to the next release milestone (sage-8.9).

comment:2 Changed 10 months ago by slelievre

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comment:3 Changed 8 months ago by embray

This should be easily resolved by implementing __format__ on the relevant types. This might be a good beginner project.

comment:4 Changed 8 months ago by gh-jcamp0x2a

  • Cc gh-jcamp0x2a added

comment:5 Changed 8 months ago by gh-mwageringel

#30515 now has an implementation for real and complex numbers.

Implementing this for rational numbers is a bit tricky since they have arbitrary precision, so fully parsing the format specificier seems to be necessary. Once the precision is known, one could convert to a RealField of suitable precision and reuse the __format__ of its elements, but there may be some corner cases.

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