Functions and their use in Python

Function is an arrangement of a statement that execute like a data processing or computing.  Whenever you define a function you define the name of the function. You can call a function by its name, it is called a  function call.


def functionname( parameters ):
   return [expression]

The function takes an argument and returns  a result.The result is called aReturn value.

Built-in Functions

Python provides a number of built-in function which convert the values from one type to the other type such as maxand minfunction. It gives us the largest and smallest value in a list.The max function declares "largest character"  whereas the min function declare the"smallest character"in the string.


max(iterable, *iterables[,key, default])
max(arg1, arg2, *args[, key])




>>> 4



>>> 2

Types of Conversion Functions

Integer Conversion:

The int function converts the any value of an integer.  We can convert integer number in many types  such as int to float, int to string etc. Some of the examples are:

int can convert floating-point value to integer, it doesn't round off or cuts the fractional part .




Float Conversion:

float convets the integer and string into floating point numbers.



String Conversion:

str converts its arguments in a string



Math Functions

Python provides some of the usual mathematical functions in math module. Before using that module you have to import it.

import math

For creating  module object we use the word math. To get some information by printing the module object .The module object consists of the functions and variables defined to access one of the functions, you have to specify the name of the module and the name of the function, distinct by a dot . This format is called dot notation.


>>><module 'math' (built-in)> 

ratio= signal_power / noise_power
decibels = 16 * math.log10(ratio)
radians = 0.6
height = math.sin(radians)
Some useful Math function are:
ceil(x)Returns the smallest integer greater than or equal to x.
copysign(x, y)Returns x with the sign of y
fabs(x)Returns the absolute value of x
factorial(x)Returns the factorial of x
floor(x)Returns the largest integer less than or equal to x
fmod(x, y)Returns the remainder when x is divided by y
frexp(x)Returns the mantissa and exponent of x as the pair (m, e)
fsum(iterable)Returns an accurate floating point sum of values in the iterable
isfinite(x)Returns True if x is neither an infinity nor a NaN (Not a Number)
isinf(x)Returns True if x is a positive or negative infinity
isnan(x)Returns True if x is a NaN
ldexp(x, i)Returns x * (2**i)
modf(x)Returns the fractional and integer parts of x
trunc(x)Returns the truncated integer value of x
exp(x)Returns e**x
expm1(x)Returns e**x - 1
log(x[, base])Returns the logarithm of x to the base (defaults to e)
log1p(x)Returns the natural logarithm of 1+x
log2(x)Returns the base-2 logarithm of x
log10(x)Returns the base-10 logarithm of x
pow(x, y)Returns x raised to the power y
sqrt(x)Returns the square root of x
acos(x)Returns the arc cosine of x
asin(x)Returns the arc sine of x
atan(x)Returns the arc tangent of x
atan2(y, x)Returns atan(y / x)
cos(x)Returns the cosine of x
hypot(x, y)Returns the Euclidean norm, sqrt(x*x + y*y)
sin(x)Returns the sine of x
tan(x)Returns the tangent of x
degrees(x)Converts angle x from radians to degrees
radians(x)Converts angle x from degrees to radians
acosh(x)Returns the inverse hyperbolic cosine of x
asinh(x)Returns the inverse hyperbolic sine of x
atanh(x)Returns the inverse hyperbolic tangent of x
cosh(x)Returns the hyperbolic cosine of x
sinh(x)Returns the hyperbolic cosine of x
tanh(x)Returns the hyperbolic tangent of x
erf(x)Returns the error function at x
erfc(x)Returns the complementary error function at x
gamma(x)Returns the Gamma function at x
lgamma(x)Returns the natural logarithm of the absolute value of the Gamma function at x
piMathematical constant, the ratio of circumference of a circle to it's diameter (3.14159...)
emathematical constant e (2.71828...)