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Why is sage behaving weird when rounding rational numbers?

asked 2016-05-21 07:35:40 -0500

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I might be doing something stupid, but Sage's int() and round() functions seem to be buggy to me.

I'm trying to use these with rational numbers to round towards zero. I'd expect -7/4 to round to -1 and +7/4 to round to 1. Instead I get different behavior for rationals and their decimal representation:

│ SageMath Version 7.1, Release Date: 2016-03-20                     │
│ Type "notebook()" for the browser-based notebook interface.        │
│ Type "help()" for help.                                            │
sage: int(-1.75)              # Correctly rounds towards zero
sage: int(-7/4)               # Does not round towards zero
sage: (-7/4).round("toward")  # Does not round towards zero (despite what the documentation claims!)
sage: -7/4 + 0.0              # The numbers are in fact the same!

How do I round rational numbers towards zero in Sage?

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Try to read

FrédéricC gravatar imageFrédéricC ( 2016-05-21 12:02:08 -0500 )edit

Also, you may wish to use ceil or floor for your application.

calc314 gravatar imagecalc314 ( 2016-05-21 12:30:21 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-05-21 16:17:36 -0500

updated 2016-05-21 16:27:11 -0500

I just tested int(-7/4) on and it returns -1 as expected. This server is now running Sage 7.2, so perhaps there is an issue in 7.1.

The .round() option only applies to half integers, as indicated in the documentation. For example, (-3/2).round("toward") returns -1 while (-3/2).round("away") returns -2.

As suggested by @calc314, here is a function that rounds toward zero:

def f(x):
    if x > 0:
        return floor(x)
        return ceil(x)
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