On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 12:27 PM, Andrew Barnert via Python-ideas <python-ideas@python.org> wrote:
I look forward to it. Next time I need some variation of this, even if it *isn't* the same variation you end up building, the fact that there's a potential de facto standard for what to call the ".inv" or whatever still helps me, right?

yeah, though I'm not sure I like that name... (can't think of a better one right now, though).

But what I would like is for the "inverse" to be available as an object itself, so:

my_double_dict = DoubleDict( ( (1:'a'), (2:'b'), (3:'c) ) )
my_inverse = my_double_dict.inv

my_double_dict[1] == 'a'
my_inverse['a'] == 1


i.e you now have two objects, which are essentially the same object, but with inverse referencing semantics.

Note how I cleverly introduced a name for this object -- I think it more as doubling than inversing, or really a one-to-one mapping, but haven't thought of a clever name for from that...

And for my part, re-using a key on either side should simply write-over the existing item, just like a dict.

-CHB







 
Also, even if nobody ever agrees to put this in the stdlib, the collections module linked to some outside recipes/modules like OrderedSet long before Nick and the other packaging guys started pushing the idea that it was a good idea for the stdlib in general. I think if this gets sufficient uptake, it deserves such a link. As you say, it's something many people end up building for themselves.

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