Hello,
I am trying to remove everything more than 2 - digits to the right of a decimal point in a string.
For some reason I am not realizing my desired results. If you could just give me a few hints without giving me the answer I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank You,
HR

``````# This program demonstrates the split method.

def main():
# Create a string with multiple words.
my_string = '1247.123456789'

# Split the string.
number_list = my_string.split('.')
secondString = number_list[1:2]

secondString = secondString[0 : 2]
print(secondString)

# Call the main function.
main()
``````

## All 7 Replies

`secondString = number_list[1:2]` will give you a list that contains the second string as its only element. Then when you do `secondString[0:2]` you're saying "take the first two elements of this list", but the list only has one element, so you get the same list back unchanged.

What you want is for secondString to be the string directly and not a list containing the string. So you should be doing `secondString = number_list[1]`.

Thanks sepp2k. I will play around with this.
HR

This program demonstrates the split method.

def main():

Create a string with multiple words.

my_string = '1247.123456789'

Split the string.

number_list = my_string.split('.')
secondString = number_list[1:2]
secondString = secondString[0 : 2]
print(secondString)

Call the main function.

main()

Hello sepp2k,
It works just like you said it would, thanks.
It still strikes me as odd that when I printed secondString right after the statement
secondString = number_list[1:2]
I would get the second string.

I guess it's still just one element. For instance when I replace [1:2] with [0] I will get the first two digits in the first string of numbers.

I really do appreciate this little tutorial sepp2k.
HR

Hope this solves this, if your desired output is 1247.12:

``````# This program demonstrates the split method.

def main():
# Create a string with multiple words.

my_string = '1247.123456789'

# Split the string.

number_list = my_string.split('.')
print number_list

firstString = number_list[0]
print firstString
secondString = number_list[1]
secondString = secondString[0 : 2]
print(secondString)

final_string = firstString + '.' + secondString
print final_string
# Call the main function.

main()
``````

There is also

``````my_string[:my_string.index('.') + 3]
``````

or

``````"{0:.2f}".format(float(my_string))
``````

but the program no longer illustrates the split() method.

Peter Parker's code is exactly how I did mine last night. Griboullis's code is what I was striving for but could not figure out.
Thanks to all.

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