gab - 1 year ago 98
Python Question

# Why do I have an infinite loop in my code?

Below I have a piece of code which calculates credit card balance, but it doesn't work when

`balance`
has an extreme value (such as
`balance=9999999999`
below). It throws the code through an infinite loop. I have a couple of theories as to how to fix this flaw, but don't know how to move forward with them. Here's my code:

``````balance = 9999999999
annualInterestRate = 0.2
monthlyPayment = 0

monthlyInterestRate = annualInterestRate /12
newbalance = balance
month = 0

while newbalance > 0:
monthlyPayment += .1
newbalance = balance

for month in range(1,13):
newbalance -= monthlyPayment
newbalance += monthlyInterestRate * newbalance
month += 1
print("Lowest Payment:" + str(round(monthlyPayment,2)))
``````

My theory is that
`while newbalance > 0`

is causing the infinite loop, because newbalance is always larger than 0.

How can I change this
`while`
loop so that it doesn't cause my code to run infinitely?

By the way:
With moderate numbers, the program runs for a long time and finally gives an answer. For the larger numbers, the program just keeps on going.

The bisection method will execute much quicker if you're allowed to use it in your assignment. Will not help you though, if you're required to increment the monthly payment by .01.

``````static_balance = balance
interest = (annualInterestRate/12)
epsilon = 0.01
lo = balance/12
hi = balance

while abs(balance) > epsilon:
balance = static_balance
min_pmt = (hi+lo)/2
for i in range(12):
balance -= min_pmt
balance *= 1+interest
if balance > 0:
lo = min_pmt
else:
hi = min_pmt
print("Lowest payment: ", round(min_pmt, 2))
``````
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