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Python Python Basics (Retired) Things That Count Exceptions

Why doesn't the following code work for float ?

user_string = input("What is your string? ") user_num = input("What is your number? ") my_num = int(user_num) print(user_string[my_num]) When the user inputs a float value, it should convert it into an integer as it does with... say int(5.5). Thanks in advance!

2 Answers

Convert it to a float and then an int. You're attempting to convert a string that doesn't look like an integer into an integer, so you need to cast it into a float first, which can be converted into an int.


Hey Manobhav!

Cory's answer is correct, but to spell it out a little more clearly, and answer your question of Why? The reason your code doesn't work is because input() returns a string, even if what the user types in is an integer or a float. In other words, when they type in -- for example -- 5.5, Python turns that float into the string '5.5'. Then, when you attempt to turn that string into an int, Python throws an error that basically says "This is a decimal number; you can't make it into an int." So, as Cory said, the answer is to first convert it into a float, and then convert that float into an int. Kind of irritating, but logical. : )

I hope this helps! Please select this as the Best Answer if it proved most helpful to you.

Thanks! and Be Well, Graham