[Python-Dev] function for counting items in a sequence

Kevin Jacobs <jacobs@bioinformed.com> bioinformed at gmail.com
Sun Apr 8 05:12:21 CEST 2007

On 4/7/07, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
> On 4/7/07, Adam Olsen <rhamph at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 4/7/07, Steven Bethard <steven.bethard at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Here's a patch implementing collections.counts() as suggested above:
> >
> > The name doesn't make it obvious to me what's going on.  Maybe
> > countunique()?  Some other options are countdistinct() and
> > countduplicates().
> -1. I like the name that Steve proposed just fine; "counts" perfectly
> explain that it produces counts of items. If there couldn't be
> duplicates then "counts" wouldn't make sense since the only outcomes
> would be True or False (present or not).

I call that function 'tally'.

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