# sage code for decimal to binary expansion

k=4 then (0100)

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This gives the list of digits rather than a string:

```
sage: a = 14
sage: a.digits(2)
[0, 1, 1, 1]
```

Note that these are listed starting with the units digit.

`b = a.digits(2); b.reverse(); ''.join(map(str,b))`

pretty much does the same thing as `a.binary()`

. Doing this with other primitive data types can be done using the Python 'struct' package. For example, for floats: `''.join(bin(ord(c)).replace('0b', '').rjust(8, '0') for c in struct.pack('!f', num))`

. Anyone has any idea how to print the binary representation for Sage ring data types such as Rationals?

@VivekGandhi: what is the binary representation for a rational number? Is `a.numerator().binary() + '/' + a.denominator().binary()`

what you mean? By the way, I don't think there can be a general answer for all "Sage ring data types," since they won't all have a meaningful binary representation.

1

Interestingly, this hasn't been properly asked sometimes. Here is an example:

```
sage: a = 15
sage: a.binary()
'1111'
```

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2016-12-16 08:36:54 -0500
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Last updated: **Dec 16 '16**

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