anonymous
  • anonymous
##Can someone explains the different outcome if I ##change 0.1 to 0.5 at line " ans = ans + 0.1" ## while x = 8 ? x = float(raw_input('Enter a number:')) ans = 0.0 print type (ans) while ans*ans*ans < abs(x): ans = ans+0.1 ## ans = ans +0.5 print ans if ans*ans*ans != abs(x): print x , ' is not a perfect cube' else: if x<0: ans = -ans print 'Cube root of ', str(x), 'is' , str(ans)
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anonymous
  • anonymous
I'm slightly confused. A perfect cube should had a cube root that is an integer, so why are you using a float here? If you change the line to ans = ans + 0.5, then you're going to be checking less cube roots. For example you wont check 0.1 or 0.2 or 0.3 or 0.4. Thus you have a greater probability of missing the cube root.
anonymous
  • anonymous
There are better ways of finding the cube root, by the way. Like using Newton's root finding method.
anonymous
  • anonymous
Also, because you are checking fewer times (at a greater interval), that will impact the accuracy of your program's result.

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harsimran_hs4
  • harsimran_hs4
please use the pasting websites to paste your code http://pastebin.com/ http://dpaste.com/ definitely for the computation of a perfect cube you just need to increase the ans by 1 also you might be confused that you should not get 'not a perfect cube' , it is because of float point error.(the way computer perceives the number may be a little different than you may think)

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