[Numpy-discussion] common significant diigits

Gökhan Sever gokhansever@gmail....
Wed Sep 15 14:41:41 CDT 2010


On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 2:34 PM, Benjamin Root <ben.root@ou.edu> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I am trying to solve a problem in matplotlib where I would have an array of
> floating point numbers and I want to quickly determine what is the closest
> common offset to a power of 10.  In other words, if given:
>
> [12373.43, 12375.89, 12370.18],
>
> I would want returned something like either 12370.0, or the lowest common
> order of magnitude (in this case, 10).
>
> Is there some sort of neat math/numpy trick to figure this out?  I already
> have a brute-force method with a while loop, but I am looking for something
> a little bit more elegant.
>
> Thanks,
> Ben Root
>
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Probably not being very fail-safe here is my first guess:

a = np.array([12373.43, 12375.89, 12370.18])
np.floor(a).min()


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Gökhan
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