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Easy engineering notation

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To easily work with human-readable engineering notation. I wrote this as a quick tool for my own use. I found that I was writing the same functionality into multiple packages and would like a quick pip-installable package to take care of this manipulation for me. The package should be easily extended for other use cases. The package is unit-less, so only operates on numeric values. Unit detection may be added in future versions.

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Install using pip: pip install engineering_notation.

Status and Contributions

This project currently has 100% test coverage. Have a look in for examples of how to use this library. To execute the tests, run pytest from the main directory or, in some environments, it may be necessary to run python3 -m pytest.

Any contributions must pass 100% of current tests and pass flake8. To execute flake8, navigate to the project directory and python3 flake8.

Your pull request will automatically be run through testing and flake8 checks and any pull requests that do not pass these will be put on hold pending passing.


There are multiple ways of initializing a number to a particular value, but a string is the preferred method:

>>> from engineering_notation import EngNumber
>>> EngNumber('10k')
>>> EngNumber('10000')
>>> EngNumber(10000)
>>> EngNumber(10000.0)
>>> EngNumber(1e4)

Where decimals are involved, we use a default precision of 2 digits:

>>> EngNumber('4.99k')
>>> EngNumber('4.9k')

This behavior can truncate your results in some cases, and cause your number to round. To specify more or less digits, simply specify the precision in the declaration:

>>> EngNumber('4.999k')
>>> EngNumber('4.999k', precision=3)

Most operations that you would perform on numeric values are valid, although all operations are not implemented:

>>> EngNumber('2.2k') * 2
>>> 2 * EngNumber('2.2k')
>>> EngNumber(1.2) > EngNumber('3.3k') 
>>> EngNumber(1.2) <= EngNumber('3.3k')
>>> EngNumber('3.3k') == EngNumber(3300)

All of the above operations are also possible on the EngUnit() class as well. The only difference is that units must match for addition/subtraction/comparison operations. Although multiplication and division operations will work numerically, they may not always be strictly correct. This is because EngUnit is not intended to replace a computer algebra system!

>>> EngUnit('2s') / EngUnit('4rotations')

Additionally, since there are 'reserved' letters for sizing the number, you must be careful with your units!

>>> EngUnit('2mm')
2mm        # <<< this value equivalent to "0.002m"
>>> EngUnit('2meter')
2meter     # <<< this value is equivalent to "0.002eter", the "m" was used to scale the unit!


Contributions are welcome. Feel free to make feature requests in the issues.

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