NAME

Number::Denominal - break up numbers into arbitrary denominations

SYNOPSIS

use Number::Denominal;

my ( \$sec, \$min, \$hr ) = (localtime)[0..2];
my \$seconds = \$hr*3600 + \$min*60 + \$sec;

print 'So far today you lived for ',
denominal(\$seconds,
[ qw/second seconds/ ] =>
60 => [ qw/minute minutes/ ] =>
60 => [ qw/hour hours/ ]
) . "\n";
## Prints: So far today you lived for 23 hours,
## 48 minutes, and 23 seconds

# Same thing but with a 'time' unit set shortcut:
print 'So far today you lived for ', denominal(\$seconds, \'time');

print 'If there were 100 seconds in a minute, and 100 minutes in an hour,',
' then you would have lived today for ',
denominal(
# This is a shortcut for units that pluralize by adding "s"
\$seconds, second => 100 => minute => 100 => 'hour',
) . "\n";
## Prints: If there were 100 seconds in a minute, and 100 minutes
## in an hour, then you would have lived today for 8 hours, 57 minutes,
## and 3 seconds

print 'And if we called seconds "foos," minutes "bars," and hours "bers"',
' then you would have lived today for ',
denominal(
\$seconds, foo => 100 => bar => 100 => 'ber',
) . "\n";
## Prints: And if we called seconds "foos," minutes "bars," and hours
## "bers" then you would have lived today for 8 bers, 57 bars, and 3 foos

## You can get the denominalized data as a list:
my @data = denominal_list(
\$seconds, foo => 100 => bar => 100 => 'ber',
);

## Or same thing as a shorthand:
my @data = denominal_list(  \$seconds, [ 100, 100 ], );

## Or get the data as a hashref:
my \$data = denominal_hashref(
\$seconds, foo => 100 => bar => 100 => 'ber',
);

# We can also handle precision (with rounding):
print denominal( 3*3600 + 31*60 + 40, \'time', { precision => 2 } );
# Prints '3 hours and 32 minutes'

DESCRIPTION

Define arbitrary set of units and split up a number into those units.

This module arose from a discussion in IRC, regarding splitting a number of seconds into minutes, hours, days... Paul 'LeoNerd' Evans brought up the idea for Number::Denominal that would split up a number into any arbitrarily defined arbitrary units and I am the code monkey that released it.

EXPORTS

denominal

## All these are equivalent:

my \$string = denominal( \$number, \'time' );

my \$string = denominal(
\$number,
second => 60 => minute => 60 => hour => 24 => day => 7 => 'week'
);

my \$string = denominal(
\$number,
[ qw/second seconds/ ] =>
60 => [ qw/minute minutes/ ] =>
60 => [ qw/hour hours/ ] =>
24 => day => 7 => 'week',
);

# Specify precision:
my \$string = denominal( \$number, \'time', { precision => 2 } );

Breaks up the number into given denominations and returns it as a human-readable string (e.g. "5 hours, 22 minutes, and 4 seconds". If the value for any unit ends up being zero, that unit will be omitted (an empty string will be returned if the given number is zero).

The first argument is the number that needs to be broken up into units. Negative numbers will be abs()'ed.

The other arguments are given as a list and define unit denominations. The list of denominations should start with a unit name and end with a unit name, and each unit name must be separated by a number that represents how many left-side units fit into the right-side unit. Unit name can be an arrayref, a simple string, or a scalarref. The meaning is as follows:

The last argument is optional and, if present, is given as a hashref. It specifies various options. See OPTIONS HASHREF section below for possible values.

an arrayref

my \$string = denominal(
\$number,
[ qw/second seconds/ ] =>
60 => [ qw/minute minutes/ ] =>
60 => [ qw/foo bar/ ]
);

The arrayref must have two elements. The first element is a string that is the singular name of the unit. The second element is a string that is the plural name of the unit Arrayref unit names can be mixed with simple-string unit names.

a simple string

# These are the same:

my \$string = denominal( \$number, second => 60 => 'minute' );

my \$string = denominal(
\$number,
[ qw/second seconds/ ] => 60 => [ qw/minute minutes/ ]
);

When a unit name is a simple string, it's taken as a shortcut for an arrayref unit name with this simple string as the first element in that arrayref and the string with letter "s" added at the end as the second element. (Basically a shortcut for typing units that pluralize by adding "s" to the end).

a scalarref

## All these are the same:

my \$string = denominal( \$number, \'time' );

my \$string = denominal(
\$number,
second => 60 => minute => 60 => hour => 24 => day => 7 => 'week'
);

Instead of giving a list of unit names and their denominations, you can pass a scalarref as the second argument to denominal(). The value of the scalar that scalarref references is the name of a unit set shortcut. Currently available unit sets and their definitions are as follows:

time

time    => [
second => 60 => minute => 60 => hour => 24 => day => 7 => 'week'
],

weight

weight  => [
gram => 1000 => kilogram => 1000 => 'tonne',
],

weight_imperial

weight_imperial => [
ounce => 16 => pound => 14 => stone => 160 => 'ton',
],

length

length  => [
meter => 1000 => kilometer => 9_460_730_472.5808 => 'light year',
],

length_mm

length_mm  => [
millimeter => 10 => centimeter => 100 => meter => 1000
=> kilometer => 9_460_730_472.5808 => 'light year',
],

length_imperial

length_imperial => [
[qw/inch  inches/] => 12 =>
[qw/foot  feet/] => 3 => yard => 1760
=> [qw/mile  miles/],
],

volume

volume => [
milliliter => 1000 => 'Liter',
],

volume_imperial

volume_imperial => [
'fluid ounce' => 20 => pint => 2 => quart => 4 => 'gallon',
],

info

info => [
bit => 8 => byte => 1000 => kilobyte => 1000 => megabyte => 1000
=> gigabyte => 1000 => terabyte => 1000 => petabyte => 1000
=> exabyte => 1000 => zettabyte => 1000 => 'yottabyte',
],

info_1024

info_1024  => [
bit => 8 => byte => 1024 => kibibyte => 1024 => mebibyte => 1024
=> gibibyte => 1024 => tebibyte => 1024 => pebibyte => 1024
=> exbibyte => 1024 => zebibyte => 1024 => 'yobibyte',
],

OPTIONS HASHREF

my \$string = denominal( \$number, \'time', { precision => 2 } );

my \$string = denominal(
\$number,
second => 60 => minute => 60 => hour => 24 => day => 7 => 'week'
{ precision => 2 },
);

my \$string = denominal(
\$number,
[ qw/second seconds/ ] =>
60 => [ qw/minute minutes/ ] =>
60 => [ qw/hour hours/ ] =>
24 => day => 7 => 'week',
{ precision => 2 },
);

If the last argument to denominal() (or denominal_hashref() or denominal_list()) is a hashref, its contents will be interpreted as various options, dictating specifics of how the number should be denominated. Currently supported values are as follows:

precision

my \$string = denominal( \$number, \'time', { precision => 2 } );

Takes a positive integer as a value. Specifies precision of output. This means the output will have at most precision number of different units. Rounding is in place for units smaller than precision.

For example,

denominal( 3*3600 + 31*60 + 1, \'time', );

will output 3 hours, 31 minutes, and 1 second. If we set precisionto 2 units:

denominal( 3*3600 + 31*60 + 40, \'time', { precision => 2 } );

The output will be 3 hours and 32 minutes (note how the minutes got rounded, because 40 seconds is more than half a minute). Further, if we set precision to 1 unit:

denominal( 3*3600 + 31*60 + 1, \'time', { precision => 1} );

We'll get 4 hours as output.

It is possible to get fewer than precision units in the output, even if without precision you'd get more than 1. For example,

denominal( 23*3600 + 59*60 + 59, \'time', );

Would output 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds. Now, if we set precision to 2 units:

denominal( 23*3600 + 59*60 + 59, \'time', { precision => 2 } );

The output will be 1 day. What happens is a 2-unit precision rounds off to 23 hours and 60 seconds, which rounds off to 24 hours, and we have a larger unit that is equal to 24 hours: 1 day.

For denominal_list, precision affects how many units can have values other than zero. Units outside precision will have their values as zero.

denominal_list

## These two are equivalent

my @bits = denominal_list(
\$number,
second => 60 => minute => 60 => hour => 24 => day => 7 => 'week'
);
## @bits will always contain 5 elements, some of which might be 0

my @bits = denominal_list(
\$number,
[ qw/60  60  24  7/ ],
);

Functions the same as denominal(), except it returns a list of unit values, instead of a string. (e.g. when denominal() would return "8 hours, 23 minutes, and 5 seconds", denominal_list() would return a list of numbers—8, 23, 5—for hours, minutes, seconds, and 0 for all the remaining units).

Another shortcut is possible with denominal_list(). Instead of giving each unit a name, you can call denominal_list() with just two arguments and pass an arrayref as the second argument, containing a list of numbers defining unit denominations.

Note on precision: if you're using precision argument to specify the precision of units (see its description in "OPTIONS HASHREF" section above), then it will affect how many units will have values other than zeros; i.e. you'll still have the same number of elements as without precision.

denominal_hashref

## These two are equivalent

my \$data = denominal_hashref(
\$number,
second => 60 => minute => 60 => hour => 24 => day => 7 => 'week'
);

say "The number has \$data->{second} seconds and \$data->{week} weeks!";

Functions the same as denominal(), except it returns a hashref where the keys are the singular names of the units and values are the numerical values of each unit. If a unit's value is zero, its key will be absent from the hashref.

AUTHORS

• Idea: Paul Evans, <pevans at cpan.org>

• Code: Zoffix Znet, <zoffix at cpan.org>

REPOSITORY

Fork this module on GitHub: https://github.com/zoffixznet/Number-Denominal

BUGS

To report bugs or request features, please use https://github.com/zoffixznet/Number-Denominal/issues

If you can't access GitHub, you can email your request to bug-Number-Denominal at rt.cpan.org