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Ratio
This library allows you to use Rational numbers in Elixir, to enable exact calculations with all numbers big and small.
Ratio follows the Numeric behaviour from Numbers, and can therefore be used in combination with any data type that uses Numbers (such as Tensor and ComplexNum).
Some Examples
Rationals are constructed using numerator <> denomerator
(or, if you don't like the infix operator, using Ratio.new(numerator, denomerator)
)
Notice that Rationals are automatically simplified, and coerced to integers whenever possible.
iex> use Ratio
nil
iex> 1 <> 2
1 <> 2
iex> 2 <> 1
2
iex> 100 <> 300
1 <> 3
iex> 1.5 <> 4
3 <> 8
The normal arithmeticoperators are overloaded by Ratio to allow arithmetic with Rationals (as well as normal ints and floats). (If you do not like to overload the infix operators, there are also longhand variants available.)
iex> 2 + (2 <> 3)
5 <> 5
iex> 2.3 + 0.3
13 <> 5
iex> (2 <> 3)  (1 <> 5)
7 <> 15
iex> (1 <> 3) / 2
1 <> 6
iex> (2 <> 3) / (8 <> 5)
5 <> 12
The normal comparisonoperators are optionally overloaded, with associated longhand variants. To enable them, use Ratio, comparison: true
iex> 0.1 == (1 <> 10)
true
iex> 10 < (1 <> 10)
false
iex> 10 >= (1 <> 10)
true
Floats are converted to Rational numbers before performing arithmetic. This allows for more precise results.
iex> Kernel.(2.3, 0.3)
1.9999999999999998
iex> Kernel.(2.3, 0.1)
2.1999999999999997
iex> use Ratio
nil
iex> 2.3  0.3
2
iex> 2.3  0.1
11 <> 5
(Of course, when possible, working with integers from the getgo is always more precise than converting floats)
Since version 2.4.0, Ratio also accepts Decimals as input, which will be converted to rationals automatically.
Installation
The package can be installed from hex, by adding :ratio
to your list of dependencies in mix.exs
:
def deps do
[
{:ratio, "~> 2.0"}
]
end
To use the module, use use Ratio
where you need it.
If you do not want to override the Kernel's builtin math operators, use
# Does not override *, /, , +, div, abs
use Ratio, override_math: false
If you want to override the Kernel's builtin comparison operators (not overridden by default) use
# Override ==, <, >, <=, >=
use Ratio, comparison: true
If you just do not want to override the Kernel's builtin inline math operators, use use Ratio, inline_math: false
# Does not override *, /, , +
use Ratio, inline_math: false
If you do not want the new operator <>
to be imported, use
use Ratio, operator: false
These options can be combined (with override_math
taking precedence over inline_math
)
Changelog
 2.4.2 Uses
extra_applications
inmix.exs
to silence warnings in Elixir 1.11 and onwards.  2.4.1 Fixes a bug in the decimal conversion implementation where certain decimals were not converted properly. Thank you, @iterateNZ!
 2.4.0 Adds optional support for automatic conversion from Decimals. Thank you, @kipcole !
 2.3.1 Removes spurious printing statement in
Rational.FloatConversion
that would output a line of text at compiletime. Fixes support for Numbers v5+ which was broken.  2.3.0 Adds
trunc
andto_floor_error
functions.  2.1.1 Fixes implementation of
floor
andceil
which was counterintuitive for negative numbers (it now correctly rounds towards negative infinity). Drops support for Elixir versions older than 1.4, because of use of
Integer.floor_div
.  First version to support new Erlang versions (20 and onward) that have native
floor
andceil
functions.
 Drops support for Elixir versions older than 1.4, because of use of
 2.1.0 Adds optional overloaded comparison operators.
 2.0.0 Breaking change: Brought
Ratio.compare/2
in line with Elixir's comparison function guideline, to return:lt  :eq  :gt
. (This used to be1  0  1
).  1.2.9 Improved documentation. (Thanks, @morontt!)
 1.2.8 Adding
:numbers
to theapplications:
list, to ensure that no warnings are thrown when building releases on Elixir < 1.4.0.  1.2.6, 1.2.7 Improving documentation.
 1.2.5 added
ceil/1
andfloor/1
.  1.2.4 Fixes Elixir 1.4 warnings in the
mix.exs
file.  1.2.3 Upgraded version of the
Numbers
dependency to 2.0.  1.2.2 Added default argument to
Ratio.new/2
, to follow the Numeric behaviour fully, and addedRatio.minus/1
as alias forRatio.negate/1
for the same reason.  1.2.0 Changed name of
Ratio.mul/2
toRatio.mult/2
, to avoid ambiguety, and to allow incorporation withNumbers
. Deprecation Warning was added to usingRatio.mul/2
.  1.1.1 Negative floats are now converted correctly.
 1.1.0 Elixir 1.3 compliance (Statefree if/else/catch clauses, etc.)
 1.0.0 Proper
__using__
macro, with more readable option names. Stable release.  0.6.0 First public release
 0.0.1 First features
Difference with the 'rational' library
Observant readers might notice that there also is a 'rational' library in Hex.pm. The design idea between that library vs. this one is a bit different: Ratio
hides the internal data representation as much as possible, and numbers are therefore created using Rational.<>/2
or Ratio.new/2
. This has as mayor advantage that the internal representation is always correct and simplified.
The Ratio library also (optionally) overrides the builtin math operations +, , *, /, div, abs
so they work with combinations of integers, floats and rationals.
Finally, Ratio follows the Numeric behaviour, which means that it can be used with any data types that follow Numbers.