inulinux12 inulinux12 - 10 months ago 35
Python Question

How can I represent an infinite number in Python?

In python, when you want to give to a set of elements an associated value, and you use this value for comparisons between them, I would want this value as infinite. No matter which number you enter in the program, no number will be greater than this representation of infinity.


In Python, you can do:

test = float("inf")

In Python 3.5, you can do:

import math
test = math.inf

And then:

test > 1
test > 10000
test > x

Will always be true. Unless of course, as pointed out, x is also infinity or "nan" ("not a number").

Additionally (Python 2.x ONLY), in a comparison to Ellipsis, float(inf) is lesser, e.g:

float('inf') < Ellipsis

would return true.