10.5. fractions — Rational numbers

New in version 2.6.

The fractions module provides support for rational number arithmetic.

A Fraction instance can be constructed from a pair of integers, from another rational number, or from a string.

class fractions.Fraction(numerator=0, denominator=1)
class fractions.Fraction(other_fraction)
class fractions.Fraction(string)

The first version requires that numerator and denominator are instances of numbers.Integral and returns a new Fraction instance with value numerator/denominator. If denominator is 0, it raises a ZeroDivisionError. The second version requires that other_fraction is an instance of numbers.Rational and returns an Fraction instance with the same value. The last version of the constructor expects a string or unicode instance in one of two possible forms. The first form is:

[sign] numerator ['/' denominator]

where the optional sign may be either ‘+’ or ‘-‘ and numerator and denominator (if present) are strings of decimal digits. The second permitted form is that of a number containing a decimal point:

[sign] integer '.' [fraction] | [sign] '.' fraction

where integer and fraction are strings of digits. In either form the input string may also have leading and/or trailing whitespace. Here are some examples:

>>> from fractions import Fraction
>>> Fraction(16, -10)
Fraction(-8, 5)
>>> Fraction(123)
Fraction(123, 1)
>>> Fraction()
Fraction(0, 1)
>>> Fraction('3/7')
Fraction(3, 7)
[40794 refs]
>>> Fraction(' -3/7 ')
Fraction(-3, 7)
>>> Fraction('1.414213 \t\n')
Fraction(1414213, 1000000)
>>> Fraction('-.125')
Fraction(-1, 8)

The Fraction class inherits from the abstract base class numbers.Rational, and implements all of the methods and operations from that class. Fraction instances are hashable, and should be treated as immutable. In addition, Fraction has the following methods:

This class method constructs a Fraction representing the exact value of flt, which must be a float. Beware that Fraction.from_float(0.3) is not the same value as Fraction(3, 10)
This class method constructs a Fraction representing the exact value of dec, which must be a decimal.Decimal.

Finds and returns the closest Fraction to self that has denominator at most max_denominator. This method is useful for finding rational approximations to a given floating-point number:

>>> from fractions import Fraction
>>> Fraction('3.1415926535897932').limit_denominator(1000)
Fraction(355, 113)

or for recovering a rational number that’s represented as a float:

>>> from math import pi, cos
>>> Fraction.from_float(cos(pi/3))
Fraction(4503599627370497, 9007199254740992)
>>> Fraction.from_float(cos(pi/3)).limit_denominator()
Fraction(1, 2)
fractions.gcd(a, b)
Return the greatest common divisor of the integers a and b. If either a or b is nonzero, then the absolute value of gcd(a, b) is the largest integer that divides both a and b. gcd(a,b) has the same sign as b if b is nonzero; otherwise it takes the sign of a. gcd(0, 0) returns 0.

See also

Module numbers
The abstract base classes making up the numeric tower.

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