Jonathan Fry - 2 months ago 21

Python Question

I've written this program so solve two equations based on values defined by the user. The constants kx and ky, I've defined as floats. For the range - variables start and end - I would like the user to either enter a number, or something like 6 * np.pi (6Pi). As it is now, I get the following error. How can I define this variable to allow users to enter multiple types of inputs? Thanks!

`Traceback (most recent call last):`

File "lab1_2.py", line 11, in <module>

x = np.linspace(start, end, 256, endpoint=True)

File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/7.3/lib/python2.7/site- packages/numpy/core/function_base.py", line 80, in linspace

step = (stop-start)/float((num-1))

TypeError: unsupported operand type(s) for -: 'str' and 'float'

Here's the code:

`from pylab import *`

import numpy as np

kx = float(raw_input("kx: "))

ky = float(raw_input("ky: "))

print "Define the range of the output:"

start = float(raw_input("From: "))

end = float((raw_input("To: "))

x = np.linspace(start, end, 256, endpoint=True)

y = np.linspace(start, end, 256, endpoint=True)

dz_dx = ((1 / 2.0) * kx * np.exp((-kx * x) / 2)) * ((2 * np.cos(kx *x)) - (np.sin(kx * x)))

dz_dy = ((1 / 2.0) * ky * np.exp((-ky * y) / 2)) * ((2 * np.cos(ky *y)) - (np.sin(ky * y)))

plot(x, dz_dx, linewidth = 1.0)

plot(y, dz_dy, linewidth = 1.0)

grid(True)

show()

Answer

You'll need to either parse the string yourself (the `ast`

module would probably be useful), or use `eval`

:

```
>>> s = '6*pi'
>>> eval(s,{'__builtins__': None, 'pi': np.pi})
18.84955592153876
```

Note that there are some nasty things that users can do with `eval`

. My solution protects you from *most* of them, but not all -- pre-checking the string to make sure that there aren't any `__`

will make it even safer (that eliminates all of the vulnerabilities that I know of, but there *could* be others)