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nan-comparison (PLW0177)#

Derived from the Pylint linter.

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What it does#

Checks for comparisons against NaN values.

Why is this bad?#

Comparing against a NaN value can lead to unexpected results. For example, float("NaN") == float("NaN") will return False and, in general, x == float("NaN") will always return False, even if x is NaN.

To determine whether a value is NaN, use math.isnan or np.isnan instead of comparing against NaN directly.


if x == float("NaN"):

Use instead:

import math

if math.isnan(x):