Python Mathematical expression Parsing and Evaluation Library

Write a Python library for parsing and evaluating mathematical expressions.

The problem involves creating a library that can parse and evaluate "mathematical expressions". This requires implementing a parser to convert input strings into a structured format (like an Abstract Syntax Tree) and an evaluator to compute the results of the parsed expressions. The library should support common mathematical functions and operations, ensure secure evaluation, and handle errors gracefully. The goal is to provide a reliable tool for users to perform mathematical computations dynamically from input strings.

Sample Solution:

Python Code :

# Import the Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) module
import ast

# Import the math module for mathematical functions and constants
import math

# Define a class for evaluating mathematical expressions
class MathExpressionEvaluator:
    def __init__(self):

    # Method to evaluate mathematical expressions
    def evaluate(self, expression):
            # Parse the expression into an Abstract Syntax Tree (AST)
            parsed_expression = ast.parse(expression, mode='eval')

            # Define the allowed names (functions and constants) for evaluation
            allowed_names = {
                'sin': math.sin,
                'cos': math.cos,
                'tan': math.tan,
                'log': math.log,
                'sqrt': math.sqrt,
                **vars(math)  # Include all functions and constants from the math module

            # Evaluate the AST using a custom namespace that includes the allowed names
            result = eval(compile(parsed_expression, filename='', mode='eval'), {}, allowed_names)
            return result
        except SyntaxError:
            print("Invalid expression syntax.")
            return None
        except Exception as e:
            print("Error:", e)
            return None

# Example usage
if __name__ == "__main__":
    evaluator = MathExpressionEvaluator()

    # Evaluate mathematical expressions
    print("Evaluation Results:")
    print("10 + 12 * 4 =", evaluator.evaluate("10 + 12 * 4"))
    print("(12 + 13) * 4 =", evaluator.evaluate("(12 + 13) * 4"))
    print("sin(0.5) =", evaluator.evaluate("sin(0.5)"))
    print("log(10) =", evaluator.evaluate("log(10)"))


Evaluation Results:
10 + 12 * 4 = 58
(12 + 13) * 4 = 100
sin(0.5) = 0.479425538604203
log(10) = 2.302585092994046


  • Imports: The code imports the "ast" module for parsing expressions into Abstract Syntax Trees (ASTs) and the "math" module for mathematical functions and constants.
  • MathExpressionEvaluator Class: This class provides a method "evaluate" for evaluating mathematical expressions. It initializes with an empty "init" method.
  • evaluate Method:
    It takes an expression as input and attempts to parse it into an AST using 'ast.parse'.
  • It defines a dictionary 'allowed_names' that includes mathematical functions like 'sin', 'cos', 'tan', 'log', 'sqrt', and all functions and constants from the "math" module.
  • It evaluates the AST using 'eval' with a custom namespace that includes the allowed names. This ensures that only specified functions and constants can be used in the expression.
  • It catches "SyntaxError" and other exceptions, printing error messages if encountered.
  • Example usage:
    It creates an instance of 'MathExpressionEvaluator'.
  • It evaluates several mathematical expressions using the "evaluate" method and prints the results.

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