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Implements a counter whose value decays over time

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Implements a counter whose value decays over time

DecayCounter() objects store a float, which decays over time with the given decay rate.
Decay rate is expressed as a half-life, ie. after half_life seconds, the value is halved.
The decay is automatically accounted for on a get() operation, no background thread or other out-of-band
timekeeping is used.

Note that while a set() operation is provided, it is not safe to use in a read-modify-write pattern,
as you would lose the decay that should have occurred between the read and the write.
You should instead use modify() for such operations, which takes a callable that should perform the operation
and return the result.

If one of the following libraries is installed, monotonic time will be used by default:
Monotime
Monoclock
monotonic
If you would like to enforce this as a requirement, use the monotonic=True flag.
Conversely, if you would like to force the use of wall clock time.time() even when monotonic is available,
use monotonic=False. Note this is probably a bad idea
(for example, your values will jump up wildly if the system time is changed backwards).

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