[SciPy-user] unittests for scipy.stats: assert_almost_equal question

Louis Luangkesorn lluang at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 20 21:38:03 CST 2002

Hmmm, I think that I would like to be testing in terms of
significant digits as opposed to decimal places, especially when
working with floating point.  Since you are asking for such a test,
here it is.  The attached file has a function meant to go into the
scipy_test.py module.  I wrote assert_approx_equal following the
same form as assert_almost_equal
compares 'actual' and 'desired' and determines the first
'significant' significant digits and checks for accuracy.  Let's
see, I think I counted significant digits correctly.  Can anyone

> From: "eric" <eric at scipy.org>
> To: <scipy-user at scipy.org>
> Subject: Re: [SciPy-user] unittests for scipy.stats:
> assert_almost_equal question
> Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 05:36:31 -0500
> Organization: enthought
> Reply-To: scipy-user at scipy.net
> Hey Louis,
<previous message snipped throughout> 
> A thousand blessing upon you.  I immediately commited it to the
> CVS!
> >
> > The assert_almost_equal function is being called using the
> default
> > setting of decimal=7   Since here it seems I have 10 digits of
> > accuracy, why did this fail?
> 7 decimals is not 7 significant digits but actually 7 decimal
> places to the
> left of 0.  The way almost_eqaul works is by using the following
> comparison:
>     round(abs(desired - actual),decimal) == 0
> In this case, abs(desired-actual) is 470. rounding it to the 7
> digits past the decimal leaves it as 470 which fails the test of 
> being equal to 0.
> Maybe a test function needs to be added that tests to a specified
> number of significant digits for cases like these.
> Thanks tons for working on this,
> eric

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